When I first got here almost 4 months ago, Haifa Street was the worst area in all of Baghdad. Casualties had piled up there and the unit that we replaced had earned over 50 Purple Hearts there. It was considered a "no go" area because if you went in, you went in with no less than a Company of Soldiers. (100-120) Between daily bombing and body count reports, that are considered the only things newsworthy here, someone in the media actually noticed that Haifa Street is no longer arhabi turf. After a large shakedown by US and Iraqi forces, the Iraqi Army, which had formerly been afraid to go there, now roams it freely. Other areas of the city still remain hot but nothing on the scale of what Haifa Street was then. The other thing that should be mentioned is that this story is almost 2 months old, and it is just coming out in our press. We had another success today here in our area, but I will have to let some time pass before I can blog about it. In the meantime, to get the TRUTH, try these fact-checkers. I like their statement of purpose.