As this Bill Roggio’s graph above shows the situation in Iraq is improving. Attacks are down, Al-Qaeda appears to be in retreat and the Iraqi version of democracy seems to be working. The US Democrats have not been able to stop funding despite controlling both the Congress and Senate. Australian troops are likely to stay in Iraq in some capacity for some time, despite a new government. Now, before we start planning the victory parade, I’ll state the obvious, winning is not the same as having won, nor is losing the same as lost., but there is grounds for cautious optimism.
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