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Iraqi Civilian deaths down for June
Posted by: McQ on Monday, July 02, 2007

No, this isn't a "the Surge is working" post, so we can skip hearing from those who don't understand the Surge to begin with. It is to note that violence, at least for the month of June, was down in Baghdad:
Iraqi civilian deaths dropped to 1,241 last month, according to figures issued on Sunday, the lowest since a US-led crackdown was launched in February in Baghdad and other violent regions of the country.

The latest numbers, compiled from interior, defence and health ministry figures and made available to AFP, indicate that 1,241 civilians died last month, compared to 1,951 in the previous month.
Make of it what you will. Obviously July's figures will be very important before anyone begins to talk about trends, or success. As the article notes:
But in a bloody attack on June 19, a bomber detonated an explosives-laden truck near the Shiite Al-Kholani mosque in Baghdad, killing 87 people. More than 240 people were wounded.

In recent months US and Iraqi forces have been concentrating on dismantling bomb-making factories on the outskirts of Baghdad in an attempt to prevent the massive bombings that fuel the city's cycle of sectarian revenge.
On of the biggest keys to this operation is attempting to stop the mass casualty events which have driven the violence in Baghdad. I'll also again remind you that "the center of gravity for Operation Phantom Thunder" is Baghdad.

(HT: Keith_Indy)
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If we hadn’t invaded Iraq, civilian deaths wouldn’t have to be down....unless the civilians were in opposition to the government, but as Iraq was never DESTINED or ORDAINED, by God or the Ineluctable Laws of History, to be a Democracy, we really can’t complain about the death toll exacted by it’s inevitable form of government. We can only complain about its newly ELECTED form of government.
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Great news. What does it signify?
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Interestingly, Roggio cites this happening "despite" operation Phantom Thunder.

By September things should look quite a bit different, at least in Baghdad. Combat outposts are springing up everywhere, and security is spreading around them.

FWIW, deaths under Saddam averaged 7,000 per month, due to his various wars and civil wars.
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