July 16, 2007 in Nation/World

Admiral touts security sweeps

The Spokesman-Review
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Iraqi Gen. Qassim Atta, right, and U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Mark Fox shake hands at the end of a joint press conference at the Green Zone in Baghdad on Sunday. Associated Press
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Despite the day’s attacks, Rear Adm. Mark Fox told reporters that the sweeps in Baghdad, to the south and in the city of Baqouba to the northeast had stemmed bloodshed in the capital.

The offensives are “making a difference on the ground. We have seen a significant drop in the number of civilians murdered in Baghdad, the overall levels of sectarian violence has decreased,” he said, without providing figures.

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