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Aug 13,2007
Military: Truck bombings in Iraq decline
by UPI

BAGHDAD -- Large-scale bombings have been cut in half and tips from citizens have quadrupled since the U.S. military began its surge in Iraq, it was reported Monday.

"The enemy had the initiative and the momentum in '06. We’ve got it now,” said Ret. Gen. Jack Keane, a chief architect of the troop increase.

High-profile al-Qaida-style attacks, such as truck bombings, dropped to about 70 in July from 130 in March, the high for the year, USA Today reported Monday.

Military officials report a growing number of insurgent defections and as many as 23,000 tips a month from civilians -- a fourfold increase from last year, said Army Col. Ralph Baker, a former brigade commander in Iraq now assigned to the Pentagon.

U.S. military commanders, who are to assess the boost in troop levels next month, caution violence from Iranian-supported Shiite militias remains strong in Iraq, especially in Baghdad, the report said. 

Copyright © 2007, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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