CNN reports something that really surprises me, that the number of violent deaths in Iraq has fallen since American troops left the country. In fact, March had the lowest number of deaths since we invaded in 2003.
Violence in Iraq killed 112 people in March, the lowest monthly death toll since the U.S-led invasion in 2003, officials said Monday.
According to interior ministry figures, 78 civilians were killed in March, along with 12 Iraqi soldiers and 22 police officers.
Until now, the lowest monthly death toll was in November 2009. That month, the country recorded 122 deaths.
A lot of people, including me, thought that the withdrawal of American troops would likely lead to an increase in sectarian and tribal violence. But I sure hope this continues. I’d love to be wrong.