From the BBC no less:
The number of Iraqi civilians killed per month in bombings and shootings has fallen to the lowest level this year, the Iraqi government says.
In September, 884 civilians were killed by violence, less than half the figure for August, the government said.
The BBC's Jon Brain in Baghdad says the figures suggest the so-called surge involving 30,000 extra US troops is having some success.
September also saw the lowest number of US troops killed for more than a year.
Additional figures released by the government indicated that the death toll had fallen by 38% compared with last year's Ramadan, according to the Muslim calendar.
The metrics have now shifted dramatically in Iraq. All violent deaths have dropped sharply, showing that the aggressive tactics and strategy of General David Petraeus have met with success. The terrorists have splintered and the tribal leaders in western Iraq have mostly aligned themselves with the US and the Iraqi Army. Those who claimed that Petraeus would misrepresent the truth in Iraq have nothing left of their argument.
We need to keep the pressure on the terrorists and on the Iraqi government. We need to discredit al-Qaeda's affiliates as too weak to push American forces out of Iraq or anywhere else. The Iraqi government has to find ways to engage the Sunni minority and direct their dissent into productive political channels. Maliki has slowly begun to do this with his rejection of Moqtada al-Sadr and his outreach to Sunni leaders in Tikrit and other areas in the western provinces.
I said yesterday that hell must have frozen over because the AP actually brought us good news from Iraq, well hell has just frozen over twice in two days since this latest news came from the self admitted liberal BBC.
Hat Tip to Gateway Pundit for the graph I swiped to show you.
The violent deaths in September were about half of what they were in August. (Brookings)
The surge is working and only an idiot would continue to deny it with such overwhelming evidence as well as the media not being able to sweep progress under the rug anymore.
The American people are starting to finally see it and if the Democratic politicians continue to try to snatch defeat from our Military when we are all finally seeing undeniable success, it will backfire on them far worse than anyone can imagine at this time.
Others discussing this:
Weekly Standard and AP.