This letter concerns the state of affairs in Iraq. Recently, we have been informed by CNN and other television sources that the "surge" may well be working. The evidence for this, we are told, is the decline in deaths of our troops during July and also that of Iraqi civilians.
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Here are two pieces of information regarding this "evidence." First, although there were fewer American troop deaths in Iraq during July than in recent months, it was still the deadliest July since the war started. The second is that instead of a decrease in Iraqi civilian deaths, there was actually a 33 percent increase from the previous month.