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NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 19, 2005

“[M]illions Of Iraqis Turned Out [On December 15, 2005] Prime Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari: “This Is A Great Day
To Choose A Parliament. Early Estimates Placed The Being Made By The Heroic Iraqi People. Today, Iraq Is
Voter Turnout Close To 70 Percent Of 15 Million Iraqis Sending A Message To The World That Democracy And
Voting.” (Will Lester, “Poll: Majority Oppose Immediate Iraq Exit,” The Will Of The People Is Stronger Than Tyranny. Today,
The Associated Press, 12/18/05) Democracy Prevails And Iraqis Are Determining Their
Fate Through Ballots Boxes.” (“Quotes From Major Iraqi, U.S.
“The Demand To Vote Was So Strong That Polling Political Figures On The Election,” The Associated Press, 12/15/05)
Stations Were Kept Open For An Extra Hour In Some
Areas To Allow Those Lining Up Outside To Cast Their “‘May God Protect Iraq And Iraqis,’ Voters In The Sunni
Ballots.” (Alastair Macdonald and Luke Baker, “Big Turnout In Muslim City Of Fallouja Chanted …” (Borzou Daragahi,
Iraq Election Despite Scattered Attacks,” Reuters, 12/15/05) “Sunnis Join Millions At Iraq Polls,” Los Angeles Times, 12/16/05)

“In Saddam Hussein’s Home Province Around Tikrit, Retired Tax Collector Abdul Samariyee: “Now, Iraqis
Once A Heartland Of Sunni Arab Opposition, Turnout Have Begun To Realize That The Peaceful Way Is Better
Was 83 Percent, A Local Electoral Official Told Reuters.” Than Violence To Get Their Demands.” (Borzou Daragahi,
(Alastair Macdonald and Luke Baker, “Big Turnout In Iraq Election “Sunnis Join Millions At Iraq Polls,” Los Angeles Times, 12/16/05)
Despite Scattered Attacks,” Reuters, 12/15/05)

“[I]raqi Soldiers Will Soon Begin Arriving For Leadership “In January Elections, Turnout [For Sunnis] In [The] Anbar
Training In [A] Small Northern Town, Where Iraqi Province … Was Only 2% Of Registered Voters. Turnout For
Insurgents Once Operated With Impunity …” (Chris The Oct. 15 Constitutional Referendum There Increased To
Tomlinson, “U.S., Iraqi Troops To Open Army School,” The 32%. (Rick Jervis, “Sunni Arabs Hope Voices Heard In Last Week’s Vote,”
Associated Press, 12/18/05) USA Today, 12/18/05)

“The Iraqi Army Will Mark Another First … With The … • “In Thursday’s Vote, Turnout Was So Strong That
Graduation Of 77 Cadets At The Iraqi Military Academy Voting Was Extended For An Hour Because Of Long
At Ar Rustamiyah.” (U.S. Department Of State’s Website, Lines, Including In Predominantly Sunni Provinces.”
www.state.gov, Accessed 12/21/05) (Rick Jervis, “Sunni Arabs Hope Voices Heard In Last Week’s
Vote,” USA Today, 12/18/05)
• “This Group Is The First Class To Complete The
Basic Officer Training Course Under The New “In Sadr City … Long Lines Formed Even Before The 7 A.M.
Iraqi Army.” (U.S. Department Of State’s Website, Start Of Voting, With People Dancing In The Streets And
www.state.gov, Accessed 12/21/05) Chanting …” (Borzou Daragahi, “Sunnis Join Millions At Iraq Polls,” Los
Angeles Times, 12/16/05)

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