NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 13, 2006

"During The Past Six Months, Iraqi And Coalition Forces Have Found And Cleared Nearly 4,000 IEDs, Uncovered More Than 1,800 Weapons Caches And Bomb-Making Plants, And Killed Or Detained Hundreds Of Terrorists And Bomb-Makers." (White House Office Of Communications,
"Strategy For Victory: Defeating The Terrorists And Training Iraqi Security Forces," Press Release, 3/13/06)

"Presently, 45 Of 46 Planned School Projects In The [Baghdad Province] Are Under Construction Or Have Already Been Completed." (Rep. Duncan Hunter, "Third Year
Anniversary Of Operation Iraqi Freedom," Press Release, 3/15/06)

"[N]early Half Of IEDs In Iraq Are Found And Disabled Before They Can Be Detonated …" (White House Office Of
Communications, "Strategy For Victory: Defeating The Terrorists And Training Iraqi Security Forces," Press Release, 3/13/06)

Electricity Availability In Baghdad Has Increased In Recent Weeks. Output For 2006 Is Four Percent Higher Than It Was For The Same Period Last Year. (Department Of State Website,
www.state.gov, Accessed 3/15/06)

"Four Villages In Ninawa Province Will Benefit From A $290,000 Hospital Renovation Project ..." (Department Of State
Website, www.state.gov, Accessed 3/15/06)

"In 2004, The Administration Spent $150 Million To Fight The IED Threat. Last Year, The Funding Was Increased To $1.35 Billion, And This Year, We Are Providing $3.3 Billion To Support Our Efforts To Defeat IEDs." (White
House Office Of Communications, "Strategy For Victory: Defeating The Terrorists And Training Iraqi Security Forces," Press Release, 3/13/06)

"The Upgraded Facility Serves As The Main Hospital For These Villages And Will Improve Medical Care For Over 3,000 Iraqis." (Department Of
State Website, www.state.gov, Accessed 3/15/06)

Iraq’s New Parliament Was Sworn In Today. (Qassim AbdulZahra, "Iraq’s New Parliament Sworn In" The Associated Press, 3/16/06)

"Members Stood Together And Pledged To ‘Preserve The Independence And The Sovereignty Of Iraq And To Take Care Of The Interests Of Its People.’" (Qassim Abdul-Zahra, "Iraq’s New Parliament Sworn
In" The Associated Press, 3/16/06)

"South Korea And Sweden Both Signed Bilateral Agreements With Iraq … Implementing An 80 Percent Debt Reduction Under The Paris Club Agreement."
(Department Of State Website, www.state.gov, Accessed 3/15/06)

"The Arab League Will Open Offices In Iraq As Part Of Its Efforts To Help Reconcile The Country’s Sunni Arab, Shiite And Kurdish Communities …" (Department Of State
Website, www.state.gov, Accessed 3/15/06)

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad: "Today was a good day, the representatives of the various factions and communities came together … a good day, a good step in the right direction." (Fox
News' "Fox & Friends First," 3/16/06)

Australian Defense Minister Brendan Nelson: "We will not cut and run until our job is complete and the Iraqi Security Forces can provide protection for their own people."
(Department Of State Website, www.state.gov, Accessed 3/15/06)

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