Iraq by the numbers: April 2008


Multinational Forces Iraq released statistics on the improving security situation and the current level of violence in Iraq, al Qaeda in Iraq’s area of operations, and the development of the Iraqi security forces. Violence in Iraq continues to drop as the Iraqi security forces begin to take over a great responsibility for security. Al Qaeda’s safe havens in Iraq continue to decrease as the terror groups is isolated to largely rural areas in the North. Mosul remains a major hub for al Qaeda activity.

Click the image to view the information presented in General David Petraeus’ and Ambassador Ryan Crocker’s testimonies to the US Congress on the security and political situation in Iraq. General Petraeus’ and Ambassador Crocker’s testimonies are also available below as PDF files.

General Petraeus’ testimony [PDF].

Ambassador Ryan Crocker’s testimony[PDF].

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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