However, McClatchy Baghdad bureau chief Leila Fadel says the situation is much more complicated with some key elements – like the so-called Anbar Awakening – having predated the surge.
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Fadel says the ethnic cleansing of Sunni Muslims from Shiite areas as well as the sectarian segregation created by U.S.-built walls between Shia and Sunni neighborhoods also contributed to the decline in killings.
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