Good News! Fewer Saudis Choose to Explode in Iraq
Good News From Iraq…
The multiple fatality bombings are way down in Iraq the last two months. (Brookings)
Hat Tip Haider Ajina
Fewer Saudis are choosing to blow themselves up in Iraq.
The Washington Post reported:
The number of foreign fighters entering Iraq from Syria has decreased noticeably in recent months, corresponding to a similar decrease in suicide bombings and other attacks by the group al-Qaeda in Iraq, according to U.S. military and intelligence officials.
“There is an early indication of a trend,” said Gen. David H. Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Iraq, in an interview. Border crossings from Syria that averaged 80 to 90 a month have fallen to “half or two-thirds of that over the last two or three months,” Petraeus said.
An intelligence official said that “the Syrians do appear to be mounting a crackdown on some of the most hardened terrorists transiting through the country, particularly al-Qaeda-affiliated foreign fighters.” The official, who was not authorized to speak on the record, said there is also evidence that the Syrians have been stopping return crossings by foreign fighters leaving Iraq.
Other administration officials, while confirming the decrease in border crossings, said they are not yet prepared to attribute it to Syrian action, instead citing increased U.S. operations against al-Qaeda inside Iraq and stepped-up cooperation by terrorist “source” countries, such as Saudi Arabia, in prohibiting travel to Damascus. U.S. intelligence has said Saudis form the biggest group of foreigners fighting with al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Iraq sees a bright future ahead.
The provinces are even starting to see more electricity. (Brookings)
Also… Captain’s Quarters reported that Baghdad hospitals saw 70 percent fewer bodies and half the number of wounded brought in August compared to July.