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The US State Department on Friday released a report on terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa in which it detailed efforts by the region's countries and the US to combat terrorist threats and activity in 2009.
In the Mideast-North Africa Overview report, the State Department mentioned the Iraqi government's "significant strides in mitigating the threat posed by Sunni militant organizations, including Al-Qaida in Iraq." Iraq was able to achieve a "sharp reduction in the number of security incidents...including a decrease in civilian causalities, enemy attacks, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) attacks in the last quarter of the year" explained the report. Yet, "Iran and Syria, both state sponsors of terrorism, continued to play destabilizing roles in the region" said the US