NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 24, 2006

Major General Rick Lynch: “[J]ust before the first of the year, we were averaging about 44 captured foreign nationals per month, and now we’re down to less than half of that.”
(Gen. Rich Lynch, Press Conference, 4/20/06)

President Bush: “[T]he Iraqi people reached an important milestone in their journey on democracy. Iraqi leaders announced agreement on the top leadership posts for a national unity government.” (President G.W. Bush, Statement By
The President On Iraq, Sacramento, CA, 4/22/06)

Lynch: “I talk every Thursday about the weapons caches and weapons finds. And if you looked … [at] 2005, we came across 2,880 weapons caches and since the first of the year almost 900 weapons caches.” (Gen. Rich Lynch, Press Conference, 4/20/06) Lynch: “[I] believe that the most important indicator … [is] the number of tips, actionable tips, that we are receiving from the people of Iraq. They have indeed reached the point where they’re tired of the insurgency, and they realize that they are indeed the target of attacks by the insurgency.” (Gen. Rich
Lynch, Press Conference, 4/20/06)

President Bush: “This agreement represents compromise and consensus among many different Iraqi groups, and it came after months of patient negotiations.” (President G.W. Bush, Statement By The
President On Iraq, Sacramento, CA, 4/22/06)

Amb. Zalmay Khalizad: “[New Prime Minister Jawad Maliki] is an Iraqi patriot. He opposed Saddam Hussein in the ‘80s, had to leave the country because of the threat against his life.” (CNN’s "Late Edition," 4/23/06)

Major Kevin Charter Who Just Returned From Iraq: “They are so grateful for us being there and toppling Saddam. Even the Sunnis, who benefited under Saddam, thanked us.” (Bill
Crawford, “Generals, See Progress,” National Review, 4/17/06)

“Baghdad Is To Get Its First Water Park And Wave Machine Thanks To A Scottish Company [Murphy’s Waves].” (John
Ferguson, “Exclusive: We’ll Build Wave Pool … In Baghdad,” Daily Record, 4/11/06)

Marine Corps Capt. B.J. Grass: “[T]here’s a lot of good things happening [In Iraq].” (Meg Jones, “Marine Tells Of Life
With Iraq’s Army,” Milwaukee [WI] Journal Sentinel, 4/12/06)

International Sales Manager Jim Stuart: “I am delighted to be involved in this project and it shows that rebuilding in Iraq really is happening.” (John Ferguson,
“Exclusive: We’ll Build Wave Pool … In Baghdad,” Daily Record, 4/11/06)

Spc. Michael Sward: “They’ve got heart. The Iraqi police love their job … The majority of them are fighting for their families, their communities, where they live. This is their home.” (Department Of Defense Website, www.defendamerica.mil,
Accessed 4/26/06)

“[T]he Iraqi Economy Is Improving, And Has Doubled In The Last Three Years.” (Bill Crawford, “Generals, See Progress,” National
Review, 4/17/06)

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