Insurgent Attacks Less Effective


USA Today – The number of attacks against coalition troops, Iraqi security forces and civilians increased 29% last year, and insurgents are increasingly targeting Iraqis, the U.S. military says.

Insurgents launched 34,131 attacks last year, up from 26,496 the year before, according to U.S. military figures released Sunday.

From later in the article:

U.S. forces have become more effective at protecting against attacks. In 2004, 714 U.S. troops were killed in action and 673 last year, despite the increase in attacks. The number of wounded dropped 26%, from 7,990 to 5,939 during the same period.

The U.S. military attributes that to an increase in effectiveness in protecting its forces against roadside bombs and other attacks. Maj. Gen. William Webster said recently that 10% of the attacks against U.S. forces cause casualties, down from about 25%-30% a year ago.

Sounds to me like our guys are winning and the terrorists are losing. But don’t tell that to USA Today, who ran the article under this headline:

Attacks in Iraq jumped in 2005

Well, yeah attacks jumped…but they were less effective. Too bad readers had to scroll down eight paragraphs before they got that part.

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