NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 5, 2005

"Nearly Twice As Many Iraqi Security Forces Will Be Available To Guard [The Dec. 15 Election] As Were On Hand During Voting In January …" (Robert Burns, "U.S.
General Says Iraqis Will Have Nearly 100,000 More Troops Available For Election Security," The Associated Press, 12/2/05)

"As Iraqis Nationwide Prepare To Go To The Polls For The Third Time This Year On Dec. 15 - This Time For A New Parliament - Candidates And Political Parties Of All Stripes Are Embracing Politics …" (Jonathan Finer, "In Iraq,
Signs Of Political Evolution," The Washington Post, 12/8/05)

"[225,000] Members Of The Iraqi Army And Police Will Be Operating During This Month's Elections … Compared To The 130,000 Fielded During Parliamentary Elections In January."
(Robert Burns, "U.S. General Says Iraqis Will Have Nearly 100,000 More Troops Available For Election Security," The Associated Press, 12/2/05)

"[Iraqi's Are] Showing Increasing Sophistication About The Electoral Process, According To Campaign Specialists, Party Officials And Candidates [In Iraq]."
(Jonathan Finer, "In Iraq, Signs Of Political Evolution," The Washington Post, 12/8/05)

"Iraq Has Six Basic Police Academies, And One In Jordan, That Together Produce Over 3,500 New Police Officers Every 10 Weeks." (Department Of State Website,
www.state.gov, Accessed 12/7/05)

"Evidence Of Political Evolution Is Plastered All Over Baghdad's Normally Drab Concrete Blast Walls And Hung On Lampposts At Nearly Every Major Intersection … Television And Radio Airwaves Are Replete With Slick Advertisements ..." (Jonathan Finer, "In Iraq, Signs Of Political
Evolution," The Washington Post, 12/8/05)

Tips From Iraqi Citizens Led To The Arrest Of 24 Terror Suspects On Monday In Baghdad. (United States Central
Command Website, www.centcom.mil, Accessed 12/7/05)

"Primary-School Enrollment Has Jumped 20 Percent Over The Saddam Years, According To The Brookings Institution's Iraq Index." (Editorial, "On Balance," The Washington Times, 12/7/05) "Iraq's [Gross Domestic Product] Rebounded By An Estimated 50 Percent In 2004, According To The IMF, Mostly Due To Increased Oil Revenues." (Editorial, "On Balance," The Washington
Times, 12/7/05)

"Over The Past Week … 104 Weapons Caches Were Discovered During 355 Combined Operations Throughout [Iraq]." (Department Of
State Website, www.state.gov, Accessed 12/7/05)

Secretary Of Defense Donald Rumsfeld: "[T]he Number Of Tips That The Iraqi People … [Provide Has] Gone From 483 A Month To 4,700 Tips Per Month."
(Department Of Defense Website, www.defenselink.mil, Accessed 12/5/05)

"Eighty-Five Percent Of Iraqis Plan To Go To The Polls To Elect A Permanent Council Of Representatives, Who Will Serve FourYear Terms." (House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan
Hunter, "Progress In Iraq Update," Press Release, 12/5/05)

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