A Better Year in Iraq

A Better Year in Iraq


The end of this year has seemed filled with bad news. So here’s something that went right in 2008: American troop deaths in Iraq were down 66% from 2007. That’s a drop from 906 to 309.

The direct cause for the decrease in fatalities is obvious. Attacks in Iraq have dropped from an average of 180 a day to just 10 a day.

But why have attacks dropped?

The surge has helped, but there are other factors at play:

“It’s no single effort. It’s a combination of efforts,” said Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond, commanding general of Multi-National Division-Baghdad. “The people of Iraq are tired of violence, and they are assisting the security forces; the government is improving its ability to govern and to apply the rule of law.”

We can only hope things continue to improve in 2009.

  • Jeremy from Oregon

    “We can only hope things continue to improve in 2009.”

    Yes, so we can finally get our illegal occupying asses out of a country which we never should have gone. Let’s only hope. Oh, and what exactly has this wonderful excursion cost us up to this point? in dollar terms? I’d be interested in the real figures as I do remember certain people saying this “thing” would pay for Its self. Whatever the amount I’m thinking that money sure would come in handy right about now.

  • byron

    I would just like to say that I hardly see “less” deaths as good news. No more deaths is good news. My best friend, who also happens to be a son, brother, uncle, and American citizen will be going over to Irag in twenty days or so. He will be putting his life on the line for this country (as many have) after signing a contract when he was 18 years old with a recruiter who got him drunk (underage in the state of Pennsylvania) to coax him into making this life-changing decision. While serving in the army may be noble and we absolutley need people to do it for everyone’s safety, it pains me to see any praise for anyone except the young soldiers right now. The people of Iraq should be assisting. IT’S THEIR COUNTRY. Also, I’d rather here the “why’s” and “what’s” of the situation from soldiers who are in the action, than from Maj. Gen. whoever.

  • Daski Kurosawa

    Where is the relevant number – Iraqi deaths? Civilian deaths. No one cares how many occupation terrorists get killed.