The Good Security News Coming From Baghdad Continues
The latest news coming from Baghdad continues to be positive.
From the Multi-Forces Iraq website:
…Shields said that in the 30 days prior to the execution of the operation, there had been 36 attacks and 83 murders reported in those neighborhoods. During the operation, there were zero attacks against Iraqi and Coalition forces involved in the operation, and only nine reported murders in the area. Jaleel said terrorist activity has decreased anywhere from 50 to 75 percent in recent weeks.
“Where we really made gains was conducting neighborhood or district security council meetings with both the Shulla leadership and Ghazaliyah leadership,” said Shields. “This was a great first step toward community improvement in those areas.”
The colonel said the focus of the meetings was on identifying short-term projects for bolstering the community’s quality of life – items such as rubbish removal – and more long term projects, such as sewer, water and electricity improvements.
In another success, Shields said that during the operation they saw several businesses opening across the neighborhoods. He branded the news a positive indicator of improved perceptions of security in the area.
Shields said his team is hiring locals for community enhancement projects, and that weekly neighborhood advisory committee meetings will continue to occur in the hopes of identifying additional projects.
The reaction of community residents has been extremely positive, he said.
“A majority of the people in Shulla, Nur and Ghazaliyah have been very happy that the security forces have come in to reestablish security in their neighborhoods,” Shields said. “You can see it in the children playing in the streets, and you can see it with families sitting out on their front lawns relaxing.”
So, how does our mainstream media report this news?
Reuters has this to say:
U.S. commanders have declared their security crackdown in Baghdad a contest for the future of the entire country but many in the capital have a hard time believing anything can save their city from further bloodshed.
You would think that they want us to lose or something? Or, is that even in question any more?