AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch points to what the military calls “Concerned Citizens” – both Shiites and Sunnis who have joined the American fight. He says he’s signed up 20,000 of them in the past four months. “I’ve never been more optimistic than I am right now with the progress we’ve made in Iraq. The only people who are going to win this counterinsurgency project are the people of Iraq. We’ve said that all along. And now they’re coming forward in masses,” Lynch said in a recent interview at a U.S. base deep in hostile territory south of Baghdad. Outgoing artillery thundered as he spoke. Lynch, who commands the 3rd Infantry Division, is a tireless cheerleader of the American effort in Iraq. But the death toll over the past two months appears to reinforce his optimism. The question, of course, is whether it will last. As of Tuesday, the Pentagon reported 28 U.S. military deaths in October. The toll on U.S troops hasn’t been this low since March 2006, when 31 soldiers died. In September, 65 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq. Part of the trend can be seen in a volatile and violent band of lush agricultural land on Baghdad’s southern border. DEATHS: U.S. commanders say civilian cooperation and a boost in troop numbers are paying off. By Steven R. Hurst THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD – October is on course to record the second consecutive decline in U.S. military and Iraqi civilian deaths, and American commanders say they know why: the U.S. troop increase and an Iraqi groundswell against al-Qaida and Shiite militia extremists. The commander of the battle zone – Lt. Col. Val Keaveny, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne) – said his unit has lost only one soldier in four months despite intensified operations against both Shiite and Sunni extremists, including powerful al-Qaida in Iraq cells. Keaveny attributes the startling decline to a decrease in attacks by militants who are being rounded up in big numbers on information provided by the citizen force – which has literally doubled the number of eyes and ears available to the military. The efforts to recruit local partners began taking shape earlier this year in the western province of Anbar, which had become the virtual heartland for Sunni insurgents and al-Qaida bands. The early successes in Anbar led to similar alliances in other parts of Iraq. “People are fed up with fear, intimidation and being brutalized. Once they hit that tipping point, they’re fed up, they come to realized we truly do provide them better hope for the future. What we’re seeing now is the beginning of a snowball,” said Keaveny, whose forces operate out of Forward Operating Base Kalsu, about 35 miles south of Baghdad. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The 29-year-old only joined Besiktas in January after five successful years with Dynamo Kyiv, but it is looking likely he will leave Turkey this summer – with a host of clubs interested in securing his services. Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVING THE DREAM REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Everton and Liverpool have been keeping tabs on Vida throughout the World Cup, but one of their Premier League rivals have made the first move in trying to acquire the defender.According to NTV Spor, West Ham have made a formal approach for Vida, submitting to Besiktas a bid worth around £16m (€18m). IN DEMAND Vida caught the eye with some impressive performances at the World Cup TOP WORK West Ham have made a £16million bid for Croatia star Domagoj Vida, according to reports.Vida, the Besiktas centre-back, has emerged as one of the finest defenders throughout the World Cup, having starred as Croatia reached their first ever final before suffering defeat at the hands of France. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 2 2 RANKED moving on Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Latest transfer news Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father three-way race Vida could leave Besiktas just six months after joining The Hammers’ offer has been rejected with Besiktas regarding it as too low, and the Turkish side are prepared to wait until the end of the transfer window before selling Vida to drive the price up, especially as a bidding war may begin due to Everton and Liverpool’s interest in the 29-year-old.
roomsXML have launched a new business-focused dashboard for agents roomsXML has added new features to underpin better business for agents learn more about roomsXML.com hereSource = roomsXML.com For more information visit www.roomsxml.com Click here to meet the new roomsXML team members Mark Luckey, roomsXML Pacific MD says “Agents are busy and want well-priced and efficient wholesale partnerships they can rely on. We consulted agents to design and implement a practical, functional entry point underpinned by powerful and integrated back-end technology.”Matt Paterson, roomsXML CSM says “For months we collated phone calls and customer service queries to put the most relevant and important information available in one click.“Agents come to roomsXML to search, book, modify an existing booking or query. Those functions are available once logged in. Whilst we are happy to answer the phone, agents have told us that they would prefer to self-help in the first instance.roomsXML’s “Real Rewards”, progress is now also on the front page. Sasha Luckey, National BDM says “Real Rewards is the best returning rewards program. Agents love the tangible, real dollar value. This enhancement makes Real Rewards more accessible and gives an agent a clear view on their progress.”The dashboard enhancements include accessible searching for existing bookings, a list of bookings requiring payment as well as customer service updates from roomsXML’s award-winning CRM platform.“We’ve helped agents communicate with their customers through the launch of Q-Push. The new dashboard demonstrates roomsXML’s commitment to helping agents do great business.”