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NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 20, 2006

“The [New] Iraqi Special Operations Forces Are Tal Afar Mayor Najim Abdullah Abid Al-Jibouri: “I have met
Rapidly Moving Toward Full Self-Sufficiency In many soldiers of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment; they are not
Carrying Out The Combat Part Of Their Missions, only courageous men and women but avenging angels sent by
American Officers Say …” (Thom Shanker, “Elite Iraqi Unit the God himself to fight the evil of terrorism.” (Niles Lathem, “Lifted By
Seeks Footing As It Fills U.S. Boots,” The New York Times, 2/20/06) Iraqi Pol’s Heartfelt Letter To U.S. ‘Angels’,’” The New York Post, 2/21/06)

• “Members Of The Army Green Berets And • Al-Jibouri: “God bless this brave regiment; God bless
Navy Seals Accompany The Iraqi the families who dedicated these brave men and women.
Counterterrorism Unit, But The Iraqis Take The From the bottom of our hearts, we thank the families.
Lead.” (Thom Shanker, “Elite Iraqi Unit Seeks Footing As It They have given us something we will never forget.”
Fills U.S. Boots,” The New York Times, 2/20/06) (Niles Lathem, “Lifted By Iraqi Pol’s Heartfelt Letter To U.S. ‘Angels’,’”
The New York Post, 2/21/06)
“[In Early February], The Iraqi Navy Marine Unit Took
The Lead In Protecting The Al Basrah Oil Terminal, • Al-Jibouri: “They are not dead, but alive and their souls
Which Accounted For 98 Percent Of Crude Oil Exports hovering around us every second of every minute. They
In 2005.” (Department Of State Website, www.state.gov, Accessed will never be forgotten for giving their precious lives.”
2/22/06) (Niles Lathem, “Lifted By Iraqi Pol’s Heartfelt Letter To U.S. ‘Angels’,’”
The New York Post, 2/21/06)

“Renovation Of The Al Tarbia School In Adhamiyah, “[S]ix Days A Week, Mail Carriers At 349 Post Offices
Baghdad Province Was Completed On February 8. … This Across Iraq Hand-Deliver Thousands Of Letters, To
Facility Will Provide Approximately 250 Students In Grades Greetings So Warm That They Often Include Dances And
K-6 A Better Learning Environment.” (Department Of State High-Pitched Warbles Of Sheer Joy.” (Sabrina Tavernise, “Neither
Website, www.state.gov, Accessed 2/22/06) War Nor Bombs Stay These Iraq Couriers,” The New York Times, 2/22/06)

Almost 40,000 Teachers Have Been Trained In Iraq. • In 2003, Iraqis Sent 37 Tons Of Mail. In 2004, The
(“Rebuilding Iraq,” U.S. Department Of State, February 2006) Figure Rose To 43 Tons. Last Year, Iraqis Mailed
Almost 9 Million Math And Science Textbooks Have Been 54 Tons Of Mail. (Sabrina Tavernise, “Neither War Nor Bombs
Stay These Iraq Couriers,” The New York Times, 2/22/06)
Revised. (“Rebuilding Iraq,” U.S. Department Of State, February 2006)
Ibrahim Ismail Zaiden, A Postman In Dora: “It's something
3 Million School Supply Kits Have Been Delivered To
wonderful to get a letter … The paper, the stamp, the envelope.
Students. (“Rebuilding Iraq,” U.S. Department Of State, February 2006)
It is not just a piece of paper. It is something sacred.” (Sabrina
Tavernise, “Neither War Nor Bombs Stay These Iraq Couriers,” The New York
Times, 2/22/06)

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