NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 20, 2006

Prime Minister Of Iraq Ibrahim al-Jafari: “The elections last December in Iraq were a monumental stage in my country's history and a testament to the courage of its people, who refuse to bow to any dictator or terrorist.”
(Ibrahim al-Jafari, Op-Ed, “My Vision For Iraq,” The Washington Post, 3/20/06)

“In 2005, The Iraqi Economy Grew An Estimated 2.6 Percent In Real Terms, And The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Has Estimated It Will Grow By More Than 10 Percent In 2006.” (White House Office Of Communications,
“Operation Iraqi Freedom: Three Years Later,” Press Release, 3/18/06)

Jafari: “As the wheels of democracy have begun to turn in Iraq, the people's wishes are becoming clearer and their representatives identified.” (Ibrahim al-Jafari, Op-Ed, “My Vision For
Iraq,” The Washington Post, 3/20/06)

“Iraq Is On The Road To World Trade Organization Accession, [Receiving] Both An IMF Credit Facility And Its First World Bank Loan In 30 Years …” (White House
Office Of Communications, “Operation Iraqi Freedom: Three Years Later,” Press Release, 3/18/06)

Iraq’s Largest Political Blocs Agreed To Form A National Security Council To Advise The New Government. (Qassim Abdul-Zahra, “Politicians Form Security
Council To Advise Government Once Formed,” The Associated Press, 3/19/06)

Iraq Has Secured Debt Agreements That Will Lead To The Forgiveness Of At Least 80 Percent Of Saddam Hussein-Era Debt. (White House Office Of Communications,
“Operation Iraqi Freedom: Three Years Later,” Press Release, 3/18/06)

U.S. And Iraqi Forces Captured 50 Terrorists Who Attacked A Police Station. (Vanessa Arrington, “U.S., Iraqi Forces Capture 50
Insurgents,” The Associated Press, 3/22/06)

ABC’s Jake Tapper: “With the newfound freedom of speech here, more than 100 television and radio stations have been licensed …” (Jake Tapper, Op-Ed, “Where Comedy Isn’t King,” The New
York Times, 3/20/06)

“Coalition And Iraqi Forces Operations In Iraq … Recently Resulted In The Detention Of 62 [Terrorist] Suspects.” (State
Department Website, www.state.gov, Accessed 3/22/06)

“Coalition Forces Conducted Multiple Raids … To Capture Al-Qaeda Facilitators Involved In The Logistical Support Of Suicide Bombers, Foreign Fighters And The Funding Of Terrorist Activities.”
(State Department Website, www.state.gov, Accessed 3/22/06)

Tapper: “This has resulted not only in more news and public affairs programming, but many new entertainment shows.” (Jake Tapper, Op-Ed, “Where
Comedy Isn’t King,” The New York Times, 3/20/06)

Tapper: “On radio, every day the Rashid station offers a four-hour show called ‘DJ Rashid,’ which brings listeners music, comedy and various contests.” (Jake Tapper, Op-Ed, “Where Comedy Isn’t King,”
The New York Times, 3/20/06)

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