US gives good news on Baghdad security crackdown

The US military said on Thursday that it and its Iraqi partners in the month-old Baghdad security crackdown had been turning marketplaces - a favorite target of al-Qaida and Sunni insurgent suicide car bombers - into pedestrian-only zones and that commerce was reviving dramatically in the capital. Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil Jr. also told reporters "there's a sense of suspense in the air. A sense of anticipation and expectation (of decreased violence) with the Iraqi people. "I think it is being met by this operation," said the general, who is in charge of Baghdad.