The number of daily attacks in Iraq has dropped nearly 95 percent since last year, a U.S. military official said yesterday.Be proud of what we have done, that is a lower rate than before Saddam was thrown out; the 2007 murder rate in the US was 5.9 per 100,000.
Iraq suffered an average of 180 attacks per day this time last year. But over the past week, the average number was 10, Army Brig. Gen. David G. Perkins, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, said.
“This is a dramatic improvement of safety throughout the country,” Perkins told reporters during a wide-ranging news conference in Baghdad yesterday.
He added that the country’s murder rates have dropped below levels that existed before the start of American operations in Iraq. In November, the ratio was 0.9 per 100,000 people.
Hat tip James S. Robbins in The Corner.