Somewhere in Babylon
- Jan 12, 2010
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About 80% of al-Qaeda's leaders in Iraq have been captured or killed during the past three months, says the country's top US commander.
Only eight of the group's 42 chiefs in Iraq remained at large, Gen Ray Odierno told a Pentagon news conference.
But he cautioned against complacency, saying that, even with the setbacks, al-Qaeda was trying to regroup and would remain a problem for years.
"I will never take my eyes off of al-Qaeda," said the general.
He added that the number of attacks and casualty figures suffered by US troops had fallen to their lowest level since the US-led invasion of the country in 2003.
"All of those statistics for the first five months of 2010 are the lowest we've had on record."
BBC News - US says 80% of al-Qaeda leaders in Iraq removed
Some good news out of Iraq. Good job to all forces involved.