CBS filed a couple of updates on Iraq. From the Pentagon, David Martin looked into the reasons why November's US military death toll fell as low as 28 from a monthly high of 120 in May. "The threat posed by Improvised Explosive Devices is nowhere near what it was just this summer," was one answer. A second was the lull in fighting in al-Anbar Province "the once wild west." A third is that the Mahdi Army, the militia controled by Shiite opposition leader Muqtada al-Sadr, has declared a ceasefire: "But that is only temporary." Martin predicted that December will be the month when the military tests whether the so-called surge of extra troops was also a factor because that is when "the drawdown begins in earnest." In Baghdad, Lara Logan followed up on the 24 orphan boys she discovered "naked, bound and starving to death" in June. Since then three of the boys have died and government officials told her "they had just begun an investigation" into abuse and neglect by orphanage authorities.
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