Foreign Terrorist Flow Into Iraq Is Cut in Half Since Summer
Add that number to the following gains from the Surge of US Troops in Iraq:
** Violence in Iraq is down by 50%.
** Civilian casualties in Iraq are down by 60%.
** Baghdad casualties are down by 75%.
** Basra violence is down by 90%.
** Terrorist attacks in Iraq are down by 80%.
** IED attacks down by 55%.
** Average daily attacks down by 42%.
** Foreign insurgent flow into Iraq down by more than 50%
** Suicide bombings down 70% since March
Considering that an estimated 90% of suicide attacks in Iraq are by foreign terrorists, this insurgent flow number shows significant progress.
The surge of foreign terrorists into Iraq is on a downslide. (NYT)
The New York Times has an interesting report today about foreign insurgents coming into Iraq:
…A trove of documents and computers discovered in September, when American forces raided a tent camp in the desert near Sinjar, close to the Syrian border. The raid’s target was an insurgent cell believed to be responsible for smuggling the vast majority of foreign fighters into Iraq.
The most significant discovery was a collection of biographical sketches that listed hometowns and other details for more than 700 fighters brought into Iraq since August 2006.
The records also underscore how the insurgency in Iraq remains both overwhelmingly Iraqi and Sunni. American officials now estimate that the flow of foreign fighters was 80 to 110 per month during the first half of this year and about 60 per month during the summer. The numbers fell sharply in October to no more than 40, partly as a result of the Sinjar raid, the American officials say.
Saudis accounted for the largest number of fighters listed on the records by far — 305, or 41 percent — American intelligence officers found as they combed through documents and computers in the weeks after the raid.
Libyans accounted for 137 foreign fighters, or 18 percent of the total, the senior American military officials said.
The Sinjar materials showed that 291 fighters, or about 39 percent, came from North African nations during the period beginning in August 2006. That is far higher than previous military estimates of 10 to 13 percent from North Africa. The largest foreign fighter hometown was Darnah, Libya, which supplied 50 fighters.
After the raid on the Sinjar cell, the number of suicide bombings in Iraq fell to 16 in October — half the number seen during the summer months and down sharply from a peak of 59 in March. American military officials believe that perhaps 90 percent of such bombings are carried out by foreign fighters.
Considering that 90% of suicide bombings are by foreign terrorists, these numbers is significant.
The Strata-Sphere sees some spinning by the Old Gray Lady.
Related… The Financial Times is reporting that the the drop in violence in Iraq has happened so fast that it has surprised even US military commanders.