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From today's White House press briefing:

Q: Do you have the numbers from the attacks in other parts of the country that are covered by the surge?

MR. SNOW: No, but we'll try to pull that together, because I think what you've seen is a declining level in the overall pace of attacks.

But according to the Pentagon:

Attacks in Iraq last month reached their highest daily average since May 2003, showing a surge in violence as President George W. Bush completed a buildup of U.S. troops, Pentagon statistics show.

The data, obtained by Reuters from the Defense Department, showed an upward trend in daily attacks over the past four months, when U.S. and Iraqi forces were ramping up operations against insurgents and militants, including al Qaeda, in Iraq.

Apparently the administation isn't going to let a few pesky facts get in the way of all those signs of progress in Iraq that they've been talking about lately.  

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Jul 20, 2007 at 05:19 PM PDT.

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