Things started to improve when I was in Ramadi in the first half of 2006. But it's really improved in the year since then.
I left the Ramadi area in June 2006. According to an ABC news story, there were 450 attacks in that month. A year later, in June 2007, there were only 25.
The image you see above is Ambassador Ryan Crocker in downtown Ramadi, without a flack vest. It is working between the US and the Iraqis, because they understand more all the time that we're there to help.
Click here to view the ABC News Story.