Western Baghdad Neighborhood
Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
“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.”