Good news

Iraq suicide blasts at lowest level in 7 months

AP/MSNBC:

Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch told reporters that suicide bombings fell to 23 in November, which he attributed to successful U.S.-Iraqi military operations against insurgent strongholds in the Euphrates River valley west of the capital.

“His weapon of choice is suicide bombers,” Lynch said of the insurgents. “In the month of November: only 23 suicide attacks; the lowest we’ve seen in the last seven months, the direct result of the effectiveness of our operations.”

I guess I’d say that the “weapon of choice” of the insurgents is the IED. Suicide bombings are the weapon of choice of the terrorist.

UPDATE: This is odd. MSNBC has another Associated Press story on this entitled U.S. general: Suicide attacks down in Iraq. Note the coverage of the same thing:

Lynch, who is an operations officer as well as a spokesman, said as a result the main entry point for foreign fighters has now been shut down and al-Zarqawi is having a difficult time carrying out attacks. At least 96 percent of suicide bombers are from outside of Iraq, he added.

“His weapon of choice is suicide bombers,” Lynch said. “In the month of November: only 23 suicide attacks; the lowest we’ve seen in the last seven months, the direct result of the effectiveness of our operations.” [emphasis mine]

I can’t say for sure, but I don’t know that this second story made the front page on MSNBC.com. I found it via the Counterterrorism Blog. The earlier story (going by ID number, anyway, though it was last “Updated” more recently) makes no mention of the 96% figure. Seems pretty relevant to me.

This 96% claim seems to support the controversial claims that 90% of suicide bombers in Iraq were not Iraqi made earlier this year.