Pentagon: violence down in Iraq

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Pentagon says the level of violence in Iraq is at the lowest level since June of last year.

Army Brigadier General Richard Sherlock told reporters the assessment is based on the number of attacks on coalition, civilian and Iraqi security forces in each district.

He attributes the decline -- in part -- to the troop surge. He says having a sustained presence in areas where there was none is "throwing Al-Qaida and throwing the other extremist groups off their games."

At the same time, Sherlock warned that the approach of Ramadan, the report by General Petraeus and the anniversary of the September 11th attacks raises the potential for an increase in violence.

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