Reuters: Attacks in Iraq Have Surged During ‘Surge’

By: E&P Staff

The “surge” of U.S. troops was meant to stem, not create, more violence but the opposite seems to have occurred. Reuters reports today that attacks in Iraq last month “reached their highest daily average since May 2003, showing a surge in violence as President George W. Bush completed a buildup of U.S. troops, Pentagon statistics show.”

The data, obtained by Reuters from the Defense Department, showed an upward trend in daily attacks over the past four months. Pentagon officials were not immediately available to comment on the statistics.

The June numbers showed 5,335 attacks against coalition troops, Iraqi security forces, civilians and infrastructure. “The Pentagon statistics, which come as pressure mounts in the U.S. Congress for a troop withdrawal from Iraq, depicted the most intensive month for daily attacks since Bush declared major combat operations at an end in May 2003,” Reuters relates.

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