The March 2009 update of this Department of Defense report covers December 2008-February 2009 and states,
"The overall security situation continues to slowly improve, with security incidents remaining at the same low levels as experienced in early 2004. In much of the country, a sense of normalcy is returning to everyday life, and citizens are increasingly focused on economic issues and the delivery of essential services. With more Iraqis now describing their neighborhoods as calm, the environment is slowly growing more conducive to economic and infrastructure development. Numerous factors have contributed to improved security, including effective Coalition and Iraqi counter-terror operations, increasing capabilities of the ISF, and the rejection of violence and extremism by the Iraqi people. Insurgent initiated attacks have decreased from an average of 22 per day during the previous reporting period to 12 per day during this reporting period, but insurgents still have the capacity to conduct high-profile attacks. Although these security achievements are increasingly positive, they remain fragile in some places, most notably in Ninewa and Diyala Provinces, as well as in some parts of Baghdad."