Monday, April 23, 2007

More Progress In Iraq

The preznut and General Petraeus say they see the surge policy making progress in Iraq and helping to bring security to the country. Here's the news from Iraq today:

On Monday, three suicide bombers in different parts of Iraq killed at least 22 people and wounded more than 50, police and politicians said.

Separately, a parked car bomb also exploded outside the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad, killing one civilian, and a drive-by shooting wounded two guards at Tunisia's Embassy in the capital, police said.

One of the attacks occurred near the northern city of Mosul when a suicide attacker detonated his car in front of an office of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Massoud Barzani, leader of the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq, an official with the group said.

At least 10 people were killed and 20 wounded in the attack in Tal Uskuf, nine miles north of Mosul, said Abdul-Ghani Ali, a KDP official.

A suicide car bomber also struck a police station in Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, killing at least 10 people and wounding 23, police said.

In central Baghdad, a bomber wearing an explosives belt blew himself up in an Iraqi restaurant in the neighborhood of Karradah Mariam, killing at least seven people and wounding 16, police said.

The attack occurred at about 11 a.m. less than 100 yards outside the heavily fortified Green Zone, home to the U.S. and British embassies and the Iraqi government's headquarters. At the time, Ambassador Crocker was giving a news conference in the Green Zone.

In an update to the above story, the AP reports the toll was actually at least 27 people killed, at least 60 wounded.

No matter, we're making progress. Last week, 171 people died in four car bombings in one day.

Today it was only 27.

So far, at any rate.


POSTSCRIPT: 76 U.S. military personnel, 10 British military personnel and one international soldier has been killed so far this month in Iraq.

The rate of military fatalities per day in the period immediately preceding the start of the surge was 2.39 a day. Since the surge began on February 1, the rate of military fatalities per day is 3.12.


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