A US general in charge of restoring security to Baghdad says there has been a dramatic decrease in violence in the Iraqi capital since mid-2007.
General Mike Milano says that since June of 2007, when additional US troops were added to the security forces in Iraq, there have been 75-percent fewer attacks in Baghdad and a 90-percent decrease in civilian casualties.
Also Saturday, extremists fired a barrage of rockets or mortars into Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, home to the US embassy and Iraqi government headquarters. There were no reports of casualties or damage.
Separately, the head of Iraq's national journalists union, Shihab al-Timimi, was seriously wounded in Baghdad by gunmen who fired on his car as he and his son were driving to the union headquarters.
The US military said Saturday the Iraqi army and coalition forces detained 27 suspects and discovered four weapons caches in Ninewa province in northwestern Iraq.
In another statement, the military announced the discovery on February 15th of a vehicle-bomb disguised as a Red Crescent food relief delivery truck. The statement said the truck contained five thousand pounds of bulk explosives when it was found in a Mosul neighborhood.
The truck was removed from the neighborhood and destroyed.