Understanding Violence and Civilian Casualty Rates in Iraq: An Insider’s View
When General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker testify before Congress this week, much of the discussion will focus on population security. Civilian casualty rates, in particular, are a very important measure of success in Iraq. Though some critics of U.S. Iraq strategy focus on rates of sectarian violence, broader measures present a better picture of the situation in Iraq. These broader measures show that the “surge” has been a success in reducing civilian casualties and improving overall security in Iraq.