Jul 30 2008
July 2008 is going to shatter all previous records for peace and security in Iraq if the standard statistics for violence in that country hold through tomorrow. As of today the previous record low levels for US and Allied troop deaths in Iraq has been 19 in May 2008 and 20 in February 2004. July has only 11 to date.
More importantly, of those 11 only 7 were from hostile fire. In May 2008 17 of those US/Allied deaths were due to hostile fire. That is a 50% reduction in hostile-fire deaths from the lowest record month on the books in May. For further comparison, in July 2007 when Obama was claiming The Surge would never work the US/Allied death’s due to hostile fire were 65 out of 79 deaths. That is a 89% reduction in violence.Â
This is victory folks – mission accomplished