Violence in Iraq is at the lowest level in four years.
The U.S. military says attacks are down 70 percent since President Bush ordered the troop surge. This month has been the least deadly month of the entire war for us troops.
U.S. officials credit the Iraqi soldiers who are taking over more patrols.
Sgt. Michael Singleton said of the Iraqis, "Their confidence level has gone up, they're able to complete 90 percent of the missions on their own with very little coaching."
"I think one thing that's become clear about Iraq is that you can't take any monthly total or even half year total and assume you've turned the corner," said Kathleen Hicks of the International Security Program.
The U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, says al-Qaeda in Iraq has, "never been closer to defeat than they are now."