Focus on Attack Numbers In Iraq Is Meaningless

Infrastructure attacks averaged around 13 per week during 1-4-04 to 28-6-04. They dropped to 10 per week during 29-6-04 to 26-11-04.. They dropped to 5 per week during the election period. (27-11-04 to 11-2-05), were 5 per week during the period before the constitution was signed (11-2-05 to 28-8-05. They dropped to 4 per week during the referendum and election period (29-8-05 to 10-2-06), to 2 per week during the transition to the new government (11-2-06 to 19-5-06), and to one per week during the period of government operation (20-5-06 to 11-8-06). (p. 33).

In practical terms, however, all aid and economic activity became steadily more dangerous, water and electric power distribution continued to present major problems, and oil exports stay below 1.7 million barrels a day. (US State Department Weekly Progress Report, September 20, 2006, p. 22)

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