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IEDs ‘Largely Ineffective’ in Iraqi Province, U.S. Officer Says
By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2008 – The enemy’s use of improvised explosive devices continues to decline in northern Iraq’s Salahuddin province, a senior U.S. officer posted there said today.Consequently, “the situation here continues to improve from a security standpoint,” Army Col. Scott McBride, commander of the 101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, told Pentagon reporters during a satellite-carried news conference.

McBride’s unit is based in Tikrit, northwest of Baghdad in Salahuddin province. The 4,000-member brigade is a component of Multinational Division North, and it has been in Iraq for about a year.

The enemy is still active in Salahuddin province, McBride said. However, he added, security indicators in the province are “significantly better” than they were at the first of the year.

For example, McBride said, the “amount and volume of improvised explosive devices continues to decline” in Salahuddin province….

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