NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 12, 2005

“Eighty-Five Percent Of Iraqis Plan To Go To The Polls To Elect A Permanent Council Of Representatives, Who Will Serve Four-Year Terms.” (House Armed Services Committee
Chairman Duncan Hunter, “Progress In Iraq Update,” Press Release, 12/5/05)

Iraqi Expatriate Shamil Hadi: “I Am 37 Years Old. This Is The First Time I’m Voting … Saddam Was The Worst Guy, Ever. I Feel Happy. This Is My Christmas - Today. … This Is My Right. This Is My Right!” (Gregg Krupa,
“Chance To Vote Thrills Iraqis,” The Detroit News, 12/14/05)

“More Than 300 Parties And Coalitions Are Registered For The December Elections.” (Department Of Defense, “Victory In Iraq
Update,” Press Release, 12/6/05)

Iraqi Expatriate Khalil Jammooa: “This Is The Democratic Life. This Is How It Should Be Done.” (Gregg
Krupa, “Chance To Vote Thrills Iraqis,” The Detroit News, 12/14/05)

“For The First Time, The Televised Campaign Debate Has Come To Iraq, And It Has Brought With It A Level Of Civility And Political Discourse ...” (Louise Roug, “Iraqis Grasp The Art Of
TV Debate, With Gloves On,” Los Angeles Times, 12/14/05)

“Saad Al-Jebori, 32, Of Dearborn, [MI] Said He Wanted His Children To Experience What He Experienced [When Voting].” (Gregg Krupa, “Chance To Vote Thrills Iraqis,” The
Detroit News, 12/14/05)

“Back In The Days Of Saddam Hussein, Iraqi Voters Had One Choice On Their Ballot. Now, With More Than 7,600 Candidates On Various Political Slates … Voters Are Spoiled For Choice.” (Louise Roug, “Iraqis Grasp The Art Of TV
Debate, With Gloves On,” Los Angeles Times, 12/14/05)

Al-Jebori: “I’m Sure It’s Going To Bring The Country To A Higher Level, And Probably Going To Bring More Peace.” (Gregg Krupa,
“Chance To Vote Thrills Iraqis,” The Detroit News, 12/14/05)

“In The January ’05 Elections, Approximately 130,000 Iraqi Security Forces Secured The Polling Sites. When The December 15, ’05 Elections Occur, 225,000 Iraqi Security Forces Will Secure The Polling Sites.” (Department
Of Defense, “Victory In Iraq Update,” Press Release, 12/6/05)

Deputy Secretary Of The Treasury Robert M. Kimmitt: “Iraq’s Exports … Are Expected To Increase 7% From 2004 To 2005, And A Further 40% Next Year …” (Robert M. Kimmitt, “Iraq’s PostSaddam Economy,” The Wall Street Journal, 12/9/05)

“Approximately Fifty Percent Of The Combat Operations Conducted This Past Week Throughout The Iraqi Theatre Of Operation Were Combined Coalition And Iraqi Security Force Operations, While Another 21 Percent Were Independent Iraqi Security Force Operations.”
(Department Of State Website, www.state.gov, Accessed 12/14/05)

Kimmitt: “Iraq’s Economy Is Expected To Grow By Nearly 4% This Year And Accelerate To Nearly 17% In 2006. Per Capita Income Should Soon Exceed $1,000 Nearly Double The Level In 2003.” (Robert M. Kimmitt, “Iraq’s
Post-Saddam Economy,” The Wall Street Journal, 12/9/05)

Kimmitt: “More Than 30,000 New Businesses Have Been Registered And Many Have Set Up Shop.” (Robert
M. Kimmitt, “Iraq’s Post-Saddam Economy,” The Wall Street Journal, 12/9/05)

“Six In 10 [Americans] Said Progress Is Being Made In Training Iraqi Forces.” (“Most Americans Think Progress Being
Made On Establishing Democracy In Iraq,” The Associated Press, 12/14/05)

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