NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 19, 2005

“[M]illions Of Iraqis Turned Out [On December 15, 2005] To Choose A Parliament. Early Estimates Placed The Voter Turnout Close To 70 Percent Of 15 Million Iraqis Voting.” (Will Lester, “Poll: Majority Oppose Immediate Iraq Exit,”
The Associated Press, 12/18/05)

“The Demand To Vote Was So Strong That Polling Stations Were Kept Open For An Extra Hour In Some Areas To Allow Those Lining Up Outside To Cast Their Ballots.” (Alastair Macdonald and Luke Baker, “Big Turnout In
Iraq Election Despite Scattered Attacks,” Reuters, 12/15/05)

Prime Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari: “This Is A Great Day Being Made By The Heroic Iraqi People. Today, Iraq Is Sending A Message To The World That Democracy And The Will Of The People Is Stronger Than Tyranny. Today, Democracy Prevails And Iraqis Are Determining Their Fate Through Ballots Boxes.” (“Quotes From Major Iraqi, U.S.
Political Figures On The Election,” The Associated Press, 12/15/05)

“‘May God Protect Iraq And Iraqis,’ Voters In The Sunni Muslim City Of Fallouja Chanted …” (Borzou Daragahi,
“Sunnis Join Millions At Iraq Polls,” Los Angeles Times, 12/16/05)

“In Saddam Hussein’s Home Province Around Tikrit, Once A Heartland Of Sunni Arab Opposition, Turnout Was 83 Percent, A Local Electoral Official Told Reuters.”
(Alastair Macdonald and Luke Baker, “Big Turnout In Iraq Election Despite Scattered Attacks,” Reuters, 12/15/05)

Retired Tax Collector Abdul Samariyee: “Now, Iraqis Have Begun To Realize That The Peaceful Way Is Better Than Violence To Get Their Demands.” (Borzou Daragahi,
“Sunnis Join Millions At Iraq Polls,” Los Angeles Times, 12/16/05)

“[I]raqi Soldiers Will Soon Begin Arriving For Leadership Training In [A] Small Northern Town, Where Iraqi Insurgents Once Operated With Impunity …” (Chris
Tomlinson, “U.S., Iraqi Troops To Open Army School,” The Associated Press, 12/18/05)

“In January Elections, Turnout [For Sunnis] In [The] Anbar Province … Was Only 2% Of Registered Voters. Turnout For The Oct. 15 Constitutional Referendum There Increased To 32%. (Rick Jervis, “Sunni Arabs Hope Voices Heard In Last Week’s Vote,”
USA Today, 12/18/05)

“The Iraqi Army Will Mark Another First … With The … Graduation Of 77 Cadets At The Iraqi Military Academy At Ar Rustamiyah.” (U.S. Department Of State’s Website,
www.state.gov, Accessed 12/21/05)

“In Thursday’s Vote, Turnout Was So Strong That Voting Was Extended For An Hour Because Of Long Lines, Including In Predominantly Sunni Provinces.”
(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 Iraqi Army.” (U.S. Department Of State’s Website,
www.state.gov, Accessed 12/21/05)

“In Sadr City … Long Lines Formed Even Before The 7 A.M. Start Of Voting, With People Dancing In The Streets And Chanting …” (Borzou Daragahi, “Sunnis Join Millions At Iraq Polls,” Los
Angeles Times, 12/16/05)

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