172nd Soldiers in Baghdad

U.S. Army Staff Sgts. Matt Valenzuela and Richard Martinez, both of 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, search a home for contraband during a cordon and search mission in Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 18, 2006. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Adrian Cadiz, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

The 172nd had been scheduled to come home this month, but the violence in Baghdad meant that they had to be shifted to the capital when the 3/2 Stryker Brigade took over in Mosul.

See also: Combat unit gets $1,000 a month for extending tour in Stars & Stripes.

And is Murdoc imagining it, or are the reports of serious violence way, way down since the reinforcements arrived? That isn’t to say that things are rosy, or that we should be satisfied that a heavily-armed presence slowed the violence…