U.S. Military Sees Drop in IEDs in Iraq

By Matthew Harwood

The use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq has declined, a top U.S. military official said in the military's Green Zone yesterday, as Iran has stopped the popular weapon's flow across its borders.

Via The Washington Post:

Maj. Gen. James E. Simmons said 1,560 bombs were found last month across Iraq, a steep drop from the 3,239 found in March and about the same amount reported in September 2005.... Simmons said that Iran, which U.S. officials have called the source of the deadliest bombs in Iraq, appears to now be controlling the flow of weapons across its borders, in keeping with a pledge Iranian leaders made this summer.

"We have not seen any recent evidence that weapons continue to come across the border into Iraq," said Simmons, deputy commanding general of Multinational Corps-Iraq. "We believe that the initiatives and the commitments that the Iranians have made appear to be holding up."

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