Shhh … Good News From Iraq, Don’t Tell Congress
And when it comes from McClatchy newspapers, you know it must be genuine, or they wouldn’t print it. A two-thirds drop in the civilian casualty rate in and around Baghdad. Funny, I wouldn’t have had that impression from the daily coverage over the last month. They’ve been focusing on the rise in military casualties, which were always anticipated with the current surge.
Civilian deaths decreasing
By Mike Drummond – McClatchy Newspapers
BAGHDAD — Iraqi civilian deaths in Baghdad dropped significantly in June, a possible indication that recent American military operations around the country and raids on car-bomb shops in the "belts" ringing the capital are starting to pay off.
But June also marked the end of the bloodiest quarter for U.S. troops since the war began in March 2003.
Unofficial figures compiled by McClatchy Newspapers’ show 189 Iraqis, including police and government security forces, were killed in the capital through Friday, a drop of almost two thirds since this year’s high in February, when 520 were killed. The average monthly death toll of Iraqis in Baghdad was 410 from December through May.