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Iraq ‘failing half US benchmarks’

June 30, 2018
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Iraq’s government has fulfilled only nine out of 18 benchmarks on governance and security, the US says. (BBC News — 15 September, 2007)
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The White House said today that Iraq has made “satisfactory progress” toward meeting nine of 18 political, economic and security benchmarks and cited “encouraging signs” of conditions that would allow the United States to reduce its forces there. (Washington Post — 15 September, 2007)
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A new White House report on Iraq will show improved progress on just one of 18 political and security goals — efforts to allow former members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party to rejoin the political process, a senior administration official said. (MSNBC — 14 September, 2007)
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A day after President George W. Bush cited enough progress in Iraq to justify U.S. troop reductions, the White House told Congress on Friday that Iraqi leaders had failed to meet half of their key goals. (MSNBC — 15 September, 2007)
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A White House update on progress in Iraq will show meager gains have been made on the 18 benchmarks Congress established for the Iraqi government, said two sources outside the White House familiar with the report. (CNN — 14 September, 2007)
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The White House report on Iraq’s political progress found that Iraqi leaders had met half of 18 “benchmarks” that Congress had mandated. (New York Times — 15 September, 2007)
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US President George Bush will announce that 5700 troops will bewithdrawn by the end of 2007, and more will follow by July 2008,returning troop levels to those before the surge of around 140,000. (Sydney Morning Herald — 14 September, 2007)
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President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney tried to build on momentum from the speech, while Democrats prepared to renew their attacks on Mr. Bush’s Iraq policy. (New York Times — 15 September, 2007)
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President Bush tried to turn a corner in the fractious debate over Iraq last night by ordering the first limited troop withdrawals since voters elected an antiwar Congress last year. But the move did little to appease Democratic leaders, who dismissed it as a token gesture masking an open-ended… (Washington Post — 14 September, 2007)
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