Iraq: Still a Dangerous Place

This chart from the Coalition Press Information Center, the military's press office in Baghdad, is striking in its detail about the level of violence in Iraq--information the military in the past has been very reluctant to share in such depth.  While it dramatically shows the drop in violence lately--it also underscores just how many attacks still continue.  Fardh al-Qanoon is the Arabic name for Baghdad Security Plan, which is what the Iraqi government refers to the surge as. The surge of U.S. troops, an additional 30,000 mostly in Baghdad, reached its peak in early July, after which there's a dramatic dropoff in "sigacts".