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NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 13, 2006

“In August 2004, a handful of Iraqi Army Battalions “Iraq’s Election Chief … announc(ed) (the) final
were in the fight. Today there are some 100 Iraqi certified results for the country’s Dec. 15
Ministry of Defense combat battalions in the fight.” parliamentary polls.” (Paul Garwood, “Dec. 15 Iraqi
(Department Of Defense, “Iraq Update,” Press Release, 2/13/06) Election Results Certified, Key Step In Forming
Government,” The Associated Press, 2/10/06)
“In July 2004, there were no operational Army
division(s) or brigade headquarters. Today there are 8 Sunni Arabs Won 55 Seats, Three Times The
brigade headquarters and 37 battalions that have Amount Held In The Outgoing Parliament. (Paul
assumed battle space.” (Department Of Defense, “Iraq Garwood, “Dec. 15 Iraqi Election Results Certified, Key Step
Update,” Press Release, 2/13/06) In Forming Government,” The Associated Press, 2/10/06)

“In November 2004, there were about 115,000 trained The New 275-Seat Parliament, The First Post-
and equipped Iraqi Security Forces. Today there are Saddam Hussein Assembly, Has A Four-Year
over 227,000 trained and equipped security forces.” Mandate. (Paul Garwood, “Dec. 15 Iraqi Election Results
(Department Of Defense, “Iraq Update,” Press Release, 2/13/06) Certified, Key Step In Forming Government,” The
Associated Press, 2/10/06)

“Under Saddam Hussein, Iraqis’ standard of living “In April 2003, Congress approved approximately
deteriorated rapidly. Iraq’s per capita income had $2.5 billion … Through the Iraq Relief and
dropped from $3,836 in 1980 (higher than Spain at the Reconstruction Fund (IRRF). Today 97% of these
time) to $715 in 2002 (lower than Angola).” (“Rebuilding funds have been disbursed.” (“Rebuilding Iraq,” U.S.
Iraq,” U.S. Department Of State, February 2006) Department Of State, February 2006)

• “Today, free elections are transforming Iraq. 2.7 Million Iraqis Have Benefited From Water
Economic recovery is also picking up, with GDP Treatment Plants That Have Been Built/Repaired.
growing from $18.9 billion in 2002 to $33.1 billion Almost 5 Million Iraqis Have Benefited From Sewage
in 2005.” (“Rebuilding Iraq,” U.S. Department Of State, Plants That Have Been Built/Repaired. (“Rebuilding
February 2006) Iraq,” U.S. Department Of State, February 2006)

The Iraqi Stock Market Established In April 2004 The Ministry Of Construction Awarded $70 Million Of
Currently Lists Nearly 90 Companies. (“Rebuilding Iraq,” U.S. The IRRF To Iraqi Contractors With US Oversight
Department Of State, February 2006) Auditing. (“Rebuilding Iraq,” U.S. Department Of State,
February 2006)

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