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Violence by the Numbers in Iraq: Sound Data or Shaky Statistics?
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Violence by the Numbers in Iraq: Sound Data or Shaky Statistics?

As critics and supporters of the Iraq war search for clues to bolster their arguments, the military’s measurement of violence has become a source of intense debate. Some military analysts say Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, cherry-picked numbers to support claims the Pentagon’s surge strategy is working. Others insist the numbers are, at the very least, an honest assessment of the situation on the ground.

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