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Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq, December 2007

Published December 2007

The executive summary of this updated quarterly Department of Defense report to Congress states in part, "The number of security incidents has fallen significantly and is now at levels last seen in the summer of 2005. Although ethno-sectarian violence continues to be a concern, overall civilian casualties, enemy attacks and total improvised explosive device attacks have decreased markedly over the reporting period. For example, the number of high-profile attacks in Iraq declined by over 50% since March 2007. The overall reduction in security incidents can be attributed to several factors, including the continued decrease in capabilities of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and militia extremists, increased tribal initiatives against AQI and other extremists, Muqtada al-Sadr's ceasefire order to his Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, the increased capability of the Iraqi military and police, the separation of Iraq's previously mixed sectarian communi-ties into homogenous neighborhoods and the sustained presence of Coalition and Iraqi forces among the population."

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