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'Surge' Importance Disputed

December 12, 2008

Washington’s conventional wisdom holds that President George W. Bush’s “surge” in troops sent to Iraq deserves credit for the drop in violence.

However, McClatchy Baghdad bureau chief Leila Fadel says the situation is much more complicated with some key elements – like the so-called Anbar Awakening – having predated the surge.

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Fadel says the ethnic cleansing of Sunni Muslims from Shiite areas as well as the sectarian segregation created by U.S.-built walls between Shia and Sunni neighborhoods also contributed to the decline in killings. is an independent news network that produces stories of global interest. 

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