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12 December 2005 - Iraq Special Weapons News
- Transcript: President Discusses War on Terror and Upcoming Iraqi Elections The White House 12 Dec 2005
- U.S. Envoy to Iraq Condemns Pre-election Violence, Fraud Washington File 12 Dec 2005 -- U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad condemned recent acts of violence directed at Iraqi candidates and campaign workers, calling the attacks "assaults on democracy and attempts to deny Iraqis the freedom to vote their conscience."
- Bush Compares U.S., Iraqi Roads to Democracy AFPS 12 Dec 2005 -- President Bush traveled today to Philadelphia, the birthplace of U.S. democracy, to remind Americans about their own country's bumpy road to democracy and to underscore what he called "miraculous" political progress taking place in Iraq.
- Iraqi Elections Represent Milestone in Victory Strategy AFPS 12 Dec 2005 -- Iraq's parliamentary elections later this week represent another major step forward that supports Iraq's long-term stability and the U.S. strategy for victory there, President Bush said today at the World Affairs Council in Philadelphia.
- Bush Speaks of a 'Remarkable Transformation' in Iraq VOA 12 Dec 2005 -- Three days before Iraqis go to the polls to elect a new government, President Bush is hailing their commitment to democracy while acknowledging the high price they have paid in human lives.
- US Congressional Democrats Criticize Bush Iraq Speech VOA 12 Dec 2005 -- Congressional Democrats are criticizing President Bush's speech on Iraq Monday, saying he failed to tell the American people how much longer U.S. troops would stay in Iraq and how much more the U.S. involvement there will cost.
- US Commander to Assess Iraq Security Needs After Election VOA 12 Dec 2005 -- The Defense Department says the coalition commander in Iraq is expected to issue an assessment of the security situation in the country soon after this week's election, and the assessment could include a recommendation on future U.S. troop levels in Iraq.
- Iraq Force Level Assessment Is Likely, Di Rita Says AFPS 12 Dec 2005 -- The senior U.S. military commander in Iraq will likely conduct a force-level assessment sometime after the Dec. 15 elections, a senior defense department official said here today.
- Iraqi Economy Poised for Growth, U.S. Official Says Washington File 12 Dec 2005 -- This article by U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Robert Kimmitt originally appeared in the December 9 edition of The Wall Street Journal and is in the public domain.
- Senior U.S. Official Predicts High Voter Turnout in Iraqi Elections Washington File 12 Dec 2005 -- The State Department's coordinator for Iraq, James Jeffrey, predicts a large voter turnout in Iraq's December 15 elections for a Council of Representatives.
- U.S. Welcomes Islamic Conference's Condemnation of Terrorism Washington File 12 Dec 2005 -- The United States has welcomed the Organization of Islamic Conference's (OIC) condemnation of terrorist violence and support for the Iraqi people as expressed in the final declaration of the organization's summit meeting in Saudi Arabia.
- Voting Starts In Iraq's Hospitals, Prisons RFE/RL 12 Dec 2005 -- Hospital patients, prison detainees, and security forces in Iraq are voting today at the start of elections for a parliament set to restore full sovereignty to the country nearly three years after the U.S.-led invasion.
- Iraq: Kurds Ponder How To Strengthen Autonomy After Elections RFE/RL 12 Dec 2005 -- Iraqis go the polls on 15 December to elect the first parliament formed under the country's new constitution.
- Iraqi Voters Residing in United States To Cast Absentee Ballots Washington File 12 Dec 2005 -- Approximately 240,000 Iraqis residing in the United States will be able to cast absentee ballots in Iraq's legislative elections, according to a December 9 State Department media note.
- Reconstruction Effort Changing Face of Iraq AFPS 12 Dec 2005 -- Despite attacks, security concerns and an infrastructure that was degraded beyond expectation, the Iraq reconstruction effort has made tremendous progress, officials here said.
- Iraqi Military Chief Cites Progress, Challenges AFPS 12 Dec 2005 -- The highest-ranking military officer in Iraq said over the past year his country's armed forces have accomplished "almost a miracle."
- IRAQ: New high-tech passports unpopular with locals IRIN 12 Dec 2005 -- A plan by the interior ministry to introduce a new generation of high-tech passports, ostensibly aimed at curbing the influx of insurgents into the country, has received mixed reactions amongst Iraqis.
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