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Iraq Update 2006
 
Nov. 2, 2006
President Bush and Prime Minister al-Maliki discuss the partnership their two countries have formed for a stable, democratic Iraq; Maj. Gen. Caldwell highlights progress of the Iraqi Security Forces; and emergency services officials from Austin, Texas, are helping establish effective response systems in Baghdad.
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Oct. 26, 2006
Gen. George W. Casey Jr. discusses the strategy to reduce sources of violence in Iraq and says the nature of the conflict there has evolved from an insurgency against the Coalition to a struggle for the division of political and economic power among Iraqis. South Korean service members help improve the quality of life for Iraqis living in Irbil.
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Oct. 19, 2006
Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV reflects that on the first anniversary of Iraqis ratifying their constitution, the framework for governance continues to hold in Iraq. Gen. George W. Casey Jr. outlines laws passed by Iraq's Council of Representatives to bring Iraqis unity, security and prosperity. At the port of Umm Qasr, a new forward operating base gives the Iraqi Coast Guard more resources to fight smuggling in Iraq's coastal waters and rivers.
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Oct. 12, 2006
Gen. Casey outlines progress of the Iraqi Security Forces, and says military leaders in Iraq are constantly reviewing their strategy and adapting it as needed. Prime Minister Maliki’s plan to reduce violence is called a “significant step in the right direction.” And Provincial Reconstruction Teams of civil, military and aid organizations are working together to help Iraq become a prosperous nation.
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Sept. 28, 2006
Iraqi Security Forces outnumber Coalition forces three to one on Operation Together Forward inside Baghdad. The ISF successes in Baghdad and across Iraq are helping pave the way for the country's political system. And the Iraqi government, Iraqi forces and the Coalition are committed to a peaceful Ramadan and have plans in place.
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Sept. 22, 2006 — Police
Iraqi police forces are now trained and equipped to almost 100 percent of the level promised by the Coalition and are improving in quality and capability every day. Also, Iraq reaches another milestone as the government takes control of Dhi Qua province on Sept. 21.
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Sept. 15, 2006 — Iraq Update: Reconstruction
U.S Army Maj. Gen. William H. McCoy Jr., commander for the Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq, discusses how the thousands of reconstruction projects underway in Iraq are visible elements of Iraq's growth and prosperity. A new micro-finance center in Baghdad is providing small loans to local residents to help them start their own businesses.

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Sept. 8, 2006 —  Iraq Update: Security
In Issue One of the Iraq Update: A three-step process to develop the Iraqi Security Forces includes training and equipping the forces, putting the forces in the lead with Coalition support, and the forces independently providing security and helping to maintain stability in Iraq. Also, Iraqis take operational control of their ground forces command structure, and Iraqi soldiers train U.S. troops on weapons used by insurgents.
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Aug. 9, 2006 —  4th Iraqi Army Division
The following highlights the progress of Iraqi Security Forces as they continue to assume responsibility for the security of their country. On Aug. 8, 2006, the 4th Iraqi Army Division became the fifth division to take control over Iraqi units in its assigned region.
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July 25, 2006 — Bush Welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister
The following are highlights of a joint press conference between President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
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July 14, 2006 — Iraq Determination
Following are highlights of Secretary Rumsfeld this week traveled to Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. Following are highlights of his opening remarks and answers to questions from U.S. troops at a town hall in Balad, Iraq, on July 12.
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June 28, 2006 — Iraq National Reconciliation and Dialogue
Following are highlights of Maj. Gen. Caldwell’s comments on the national reconciliation and dialogue plan in Iraq.
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June 26, 2006
Following are highlights of progress and challenges in Iraq by Secretary Rumsfeld and Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the commander of Multi-National Force-Iraq, at a June 22 press briefing at the Pentagon, plus an announcement about Coalition force levels in Muthanna Province.
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June 21, 2006 — Missile Defense
The following are highlights from the Misile Defense and Iraq Update Briefings.
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June 15, 2006 — MG Caldwell
Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell today briefed reporters in Baghdad. He was joined by Air Force Brig. Gen. Stephen Hoog, who outlined details of the air strike that killed Abu Musab al Zarqawi near Baqubah, Iraq, on June 7. Following are highlights of Maj. Gen. Caldwell’s comments on the effect Zarqawi’s death will have in Iraq, Operation Together Forward, and possible new leaders for al Qaeda in Iraq.
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June 8, 2006 — al Zarqawi Death MG Caldwell Briefing
Following are highlights from a press conference in Baghdad today by Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, spokesman for the Multi-National Force-Iraq, on the death June 7 of Abu Musab al Zarqawi, al Qaeda’s leader in Iraq.
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June 8, 2006 — al Zarqawi Death Quotations
Following are quotes taken from senior U.S. and Iraqi leadership on the news of the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
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June 8, 2006 — al Zarqawi Dead; New Cabinet Members
Following are highlights of the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the swearing in of the final members of the Iraqi security ministry positions.
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May 24, 2006 — New Iraqi Cabinet
Following are highlights of a briefing today on Iraq's New Government Cabinet.
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May 19, 2006 — LTG Chiarelli
Following are highlights of a briefing today by Army Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli from Baghdad to the Pentagon press corps. Lt. Gen. Chiarelli is the commanding general of Multi-National Corps-Iraq.
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May 1, 2006 — MG Lynch
Following are highlights of comments by Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, spokesman for Multi-National Force-Iraq, at a press briefing in Baghdad on April 28. MG Lynch addressed the question of whether Iraq is in a civil war.
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April 26, 2006 — Rumsfeld Iraq trip
Following are highlights of comments to reporters in Baghdad by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Coalition troops in Iraq.
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April 24, 2006 — New Iraqi Government
Iraqi leaders announced agreement on the top leadership posts for a national unity government, April 22, 2006. Highlights follow:
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April 21, 2006 — Maj. Gen. Lynch Briefing
Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, spokesman for the Multi-National Force-Iraq, briefed press in Baghdad, April 21, 2006. Following are highlights.
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March 31, 2006
Following are highlights of a press briefing today from Baghdad by Maj. Gen. James Thurman, commanding general of Multi-National Division-Baghdad and commanding general of the 4th Infantry Division, with the Pentagon press corps, and a briefing yesterday by Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, spokesman for Multi-National Force-Iraq, to reporters in Baghdad.
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March 20, 2006 — Gen. George W. Casey Jr.

Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Coalition forces in Iraq, appeared yesterday on several Sunday news shows. Following are highlights of his comments on progress and challenges in Iraq on the three-year anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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March 3, 2006 — U.S. Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr.

U.S. Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Coalition forces in Iraq, briefed the Pentagon press corps today via teleconference from Baghdad. Following are highlights of his opening remarks.
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Jan. 31, 2006

Information about recent progress in Iraq includes the success of Operation Koa Canyon and Iraqis assuming more battle space.
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Jan. 23, 2006 — U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, spokesman for Multi-National Force-Iraq, briefed press in Baghdad on Jan. 19, 2006. Following are highlights.
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Jan. 6, 2006 — U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace

Following are highlights of a press briefing by U.S. Marine Corps. Gen. Peter Pace on Jan. 6, 2006, in Iraq.
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Jan. 4, 2006 — U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Donald Alston

Following are highlights of a press briefing by U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Donald Alston on Jan. 1, 2006, in Iraq.
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