CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric says she has seen dramatic improvements in Iraq, according to a CBS report.
"We hear so much about things going bad, but real progress has been made there in terms of security and stability," Couric said. "I mean, obviously, infrastructure problems abound, but Sunnis and U.S. forces are working together. They banded together because they had a common enemy: al Qaeda."
Couric traveled to the city of Fallujah in Anbar province – at one time a violence epicenter. Now Fallujah is "considered a real role model of something working right in Iraq," Couric said.
Many more Iraqis have joined the Iraqi Security Forces in the overwhelmingly Sunni Anbar province. "The spike in police has really been significant," Couric said. "The incidents in Iraq have gone down dramatically."
But while security and stability have improved in Iraq, basic services remain in disrepair, Couric noted. "I think everyone I talk to agrees that restoring basic services is really an imperative step in bringing stability and some kind of sense of society to Iraq.”
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