ABC News finds that the U.S. re-deployment of troops to Baghdad, and their placement in large numbers in the most dangerous neighborhoods, appears to be working. Preliminary reports show a significance decrease in violence. Iraqi authorities say the number of violent attacks has gone down by 30 percent. The U.S., using different calculations, says such attacks have decreased by 22 percent.
On the same note, the Washington Times quotes Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, who sees “life coming back to some normalcy” in Baghdad. “We are cautiously optimistic and encouraged by all the indicators that we are seeing,” says General Caldwell.