Sunday, December 30, 2007

Iraq: 75 Percent of Al Qaeda Network in Iraq Destroyed

Now back to politics.

According to the Iraqi government's interior ministry, large amounts of the Al Qaeda network in Iraq have been destroyed. 75% of it, apparently. I believe that their network has been crippled by better security forces as well as the surge, but there is a history of governments in that region spouted unsubstatiated nonsense, and if you read into the article it's clear that there is a little to back this 75% figure on:

BAGHDAD — Iraq's interior ministry spokesman said Saturday that 75 percent of Al Qaeda in Iraq's terrorist network had been destroyed this year, but the top American commander in the country said the terror group remained his chief concern.

Maj. Gen. Abdul Kareem Khalaf said the disruption of the terrorist network was due to improvements in the Iraqi security forces — which he said had made strides in weeding out commanders and officers with ties to militias or who were involved in criminal activities.

He also credited the rise of anti-Al Qaeda in Iraq groups, mostly made up of Sunni fighters the Shiite-dominated government has cautiously begun to embrace. Additionally, an increase in American troops since June has been credited with pushing many militants out of Baghdad.

Khalaf's assertion that three-fourths of al-Qaida in Iraq had been destroyed could not be independently verified and he did not elaborate on how the percentage was determined.

On the other hand, there is a figure that could be substantiated:

But violence in Iraq has dropped significantly since June — the U.S. military says it is down 60 percent nationwide — demonstrating success in fighting the terrorist network.

That seems like more reliable good news to me.

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