Filed Under (News, Politics) by Justin on 2007-07-28

I guess I really need to create a new category for “stories you won’t hear a lot about elsewhere” as it seems I’ve been posting quite a few of them lately. On RightNation.us this morning I found this: U.S. troop deaths show sharp decline.

The number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq has dropped sharply so far in July after reaching record levels in recent months, a possible sign that militants are weakening, the No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq said Thursday.

“This is what we thought would happen once we took control of the safe havens” used by insurgents and militias, Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno said Thursday. “We’ve now taken control of those areas.”

Though he called the drop in U.S. deaths an “initial positive sign,” Odierno cautioned, “I need a bit more time to see if it’s a true trend or not.”

The Pentagon has reported 61 U.S. troop deaths in combat and non-combat incidents from July 1 through Thursday — a rate that projects to a death toll of 70-80 troops by the end of the month.

That would signal a return to average casualty levels seen prior to April, May and June, when an average of 110 troops died per month in the deadliest three-month stretch of the entire war.

I too realize it takes more than one month to show a true trend, but it’s still positive news out of Iraq, and I can almost guarantee you won’t hear about it on CNN.

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