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US Military Says Attacks in Iraq Fall to Lowest Level Since 2003


The U.S. military says the number of insurgent attacks in Iraq has fallen to the lowest level in nearly six years.

A U.S. military spokesman, Major General David Perkins, told reporters in Baghdad Wednesday that there were fewer attacks in the last several months than there have been since August 2003, a few months after the U.S.-led invasion of the country began.

He says the violence has dropped dramatically in the last two years, with the number of insurgent attacks declining 90 percent since mid-2007, when the unrest was at its height.

But military officials acknowledge that daily attacks continue in some areas.

Iraqi police say a roadside bombing in the northern city of Mosul killed three children on their way home from school. The blast is believed to have targeted a nearby U.S. military patrol.

On Wednesday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem praised improving security conditions in Iraq, during a visit to the country. Muallem met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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