Violence in Iraq continues to decline


An Iraqi Army soldier on Tuesday inspects weapons an ammunition seized by Iraqi security forces during recent security operations in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Jim Michaels of USA TODAY is reporting that violent incidents in Iraq dropped from 11,203 in 2009 to 8,233 in 2010. U.S. military commanders there, who provided the statistics, said this demonstrates the ability of Iraq’s forces to maintain security in the country.

This is the lowest level of violence since the widespread insurgency that followed the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003. The peak of violence was 2007 when there were 67,727 incidents, according to the report.

The statistics include attacks on U.S. and Iraqi forces as well as bombs discovered before they were detonated.


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