NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 24, 2006

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki: “[M]any around the world … underestimated the resolve of Iraq’s people and were sure that we would never reach this stage. Few believed in us. But you, the American people, did and we are grateful for this.” (Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, Address To A Joint
Session Of Congress, Washington, D.C., 7/26/06)

“Modernization Of The Maternity And Child Hospital In Irbil, A City Of About 900,000, Is Now Complete.” (State Department
Website, www.state.gov, Accessed 7/25/06)

Al-Maliki: “Iraq will not forget those who stood with her and who continues to stand with her in times of need.” (Prime
Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, Address To A Joint Session Of Congress, Washington, D.C., 7/26/06)

“The $6.8 Million In USG-Funded Renovations Included Major Structural Repairs, A Water Purification System, A Medical Waste Incinerator, And Back-Up Generators For Uninterrupted Power.” (State Department Website, www.state.gov, Accessed
7/25/06)

Al-Maliki: “Since liberation we have witnessed great accomplishments in politics, the economy and civil society. We have gone from a one-party state, ruled by a small elite, to a multi-party system where politics is the domain of every citizen and parties compete at all levels.” (Prime Minister Nouri AlMaliki, Address To A Joint Session Of Congress, Washington, D.C., 7/26/06)

“Nine Well Projects Were Completed In … The Ninawa Province, Which Historically Has Made Little Use Of Its Surface Water.” (State Department Website, www.state.gov, Accessed
7/25/06)

“Each Well Is Capable Of Providing More Than 10,000 Gallons Of Water Per Day.” (State Department
Website, www.state.gov, Accessed 7/25/06)

“Four Iraqi Army Division Headquarters, 20 Brigade Headquarters, And More Than 70 Battalions Are Currently In The Lead In Their Respective Geographic Areas.” (State Department Website, www.state.gov, Accessed
7/25/06)

“Iraq’s Oil Production Is Expected To Roughly Double Over The Next Four Years To 4 Million Barrels A Day …”
(H. Josef Hebert, “More Iraqi Oil Production Predicted,” The Associated Press, 7/26/06)

The Iraqi Army Now Independently Operates Its Base In Kirkuk. (Blackanthem Military News’ Website,
www.blackanthem.com, Accessed 7/27/06)

Iraqi Oil Minister Hussein al-Shahristani: “We are increasing production.” (H. Josef Hebert, “More Iraqi Oil
Production Predicted,” The Associated Press, 7/26/06)

“Iraqis Are Now In The Lead In Diyala Province.” (Bill
Crawford, “Progress Report,” National Review, 7/25/06)

There Are Currently More Than 269,000 Trained And Equipped Iraqi Security Forces. (State Department Website,
www.state.gov, Accessed 7/25/06)

“Iraq’s Oil Industry … Suffered During The 1990s When The Country Under Saddam Hussein Did Not Have Access To State-Of-The-Art Technology Or Engineering Know-How.” (H. Josef
Hebert, “More Iraqi Oil Production Predicted,” The Associated Press, 7/26/06)

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