Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Killings Decline In
Western Baghdad Neighborhood

Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
After more than 20 months of violent insurgent activity, September marked the first month that there were no murders within the western Ameriya neighborhood of the Iraqi capital.

“Murder has been an effective insurgent tactic in Ameriya and groups like
al-Qaeda have capitalized on it as a method to terrorize the local populace,” said
2nd Lt. Evan Howell, a staff officer with 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, who, together with Iraqi Security Forces, provides security for the area. “Earlier this year we were recording almost two a day and since late 2005 murder events were as commonplace as buying groceries in Ameriya.”

Ameriya has already recorded similar decreasing trends with indirect fire and a rise in the detection of weapons caches and improvised explosive device discoveries, Howell said.

“Stopping murders was a top priority for this battalion,” Howell said. “A zero monthly murder count combined with a record number of weapons caches and IED finds leads to the overwhelming conclusion that Ameriya has become a safe and secure neighborhood. This is probably one of the greatest successes of this battalion’s endeavor to protect the neighborhood of Ameriya.”
From press release #20071010-05 - Multi-National Corps-Iraq, Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory

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