Though the report is not entirely positive, here are some encouraging words from an unlikely sourceâ€”The New York Times. This opinion piece evaluates the success of the U.S. troop surge in Iraq:
The American fatality rate since the surge began is down from previous weeks. The number of civilian fatalities in Baghdad since mid-February has dropped modestly as well.
The young cleric Moktada al-Sadr has told his Mahdi Army to lie low, and coalition forces are encountering only sporadic violence in most of Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood as a result. Remarkably, towns like Ramadi in Anbar Province are gradually stabilizing. Intelligence tips are increasing. . .
There is a real glimmer of hope, but no proof of progress, from the surge so far.