NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 10, 2006

“By Last Week, 22 Arab Sunni Armed Groups Had Agreed To Join The [National Reconciliation] Process Initiated By [Prime Minister] Maliki.” (Amir Taheri, Op-Ed, “Iraq:
The Politician’s Progress,” New York Post, 7/12/06)

Maj. Gen. William Caldwell: “[T]here’s some great things that are happening … that the Iraqi Security Forces are doing, unfortunately, [it] just never reach[es] the attention of anybody.”
(CNN’s “The Situation Room,” 7/12/06)

“At The Same Time, A Group Of 18 Senior Officers Of The Former Regime’s Army Have Met With President Jalal Talabani To Seek Ways Of Bringing Hundreds Of Arab Sunni Cashiered Officers And NCOs Into The New Iraqi Army And Police.” (Amir Taheri, Op-Ed, “Iraq: The Politician’s
Progress,” New York Post, 7/12/06)

This Week Coalition Forces Handed Over Security Of The Muthanna Province To The Iraqi Security Forces. (Bushra Juhi,
“Iraqis Take Over Security In Muthanna,” The Associated Press, 7/13/06)

This Transfer Of Security Marks The First Such Transfer Of An Entire Province. (Bushra Juhi, “Iraqis
Take Over Security In Muthanna,” The Associated Press, 7/13/06)

“[A] Number Of International Organizations Are Also Returning To Iraq. Last Week, The Organization Of The Islamic Conference (OIC), A Grouping Of 57 MuslimMajority Countries, Ended Its Iraq Boycott By Reopening Its Offices In Baghdad.” (Amir Taheri, Op-Ed, “Iraq: The Politician’s
Progress,” New York Post, 7/12/06)

To Date, There Are More Than 268,000 Trained And Equipped Iraqi Security Forces. (State Department Website,
www.state.gov, Accessed 7/11/06)

“Coalition Forces (CF) Detained One Senior Al Qaida … Terrorist And Four Suspected Terrorists During A Raid In The Vicinity Of Tikrit July 3.” (State Department Website,
www.state.gov, Accessed 7/11/06)

“Since She Was A Little Girl In Sulemaniya, Shahla Always Wanted To Be A Soldier In The Iraqi Army. But Women Weren’t Allowed To Fight Under Saddam.” (Sarah Childress,
“Everybody Must Make Sacrifices,” Newsweek, 7/10/06)

“The Raid Successfully Targeted A Senior Al Qaida Member Known To Be Involved In Facilitating Foreign Terrorists Throughout Central Iraq.” (State Department Website,
www.state.gov, Accessed 7/11/06)

“[A]s Soon As Hussein Was Gone In 2003, The Attractive Young Mother Put Her Name On The List. Shahla Is Now A First Lieutenant.” (Sarah Childress,
“Everybody Must Make Sacrifices,” Newsweek, 7/10/06)

“The Central Criminal Court Of Iraq Convicted 11 Detainees During The Week Of June 21 For Crimes, Including Possession Of Illegal Weapons And Illegal Border Crossing.” (State Department Website, www.state.gov,
Accessed 7/11/06)

Shahla: “Before, during Saddam’s time, women in the army could only be doctors. They didn’t recognize their rank. Now, we see the difference. Now, they respect us. Now they call us by our ranks.” (Sarah Childress, “Everybody
Must Make Sacrifices,” Newsweek, 7/10/06)

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