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Reports on Iraq to Congress
President Bush, centre, at Al-Asad Airbase, Iraq, with Gen David Petraeus (left) and commander William Fallon
There is pressure on President Bush to reduce the US presence in Iraq
There have been a number of recent progress reports on Iraq.

The top US military commander in Iraq, Gen David Petraeus, and US ambassador Ryan Crocker this week delivered their key findings to Congress.

President Bush announced on Thursday a limited withdrawal of US troops because of the "measure of success" in Iraq and on Friday, the White House published its final progress report on Iraq.

The following is a round-up of the findings and recommendations from the various reports.

WHITE HOUSE FINAL REPORT 14 SEP

  • Iraq has met nine out of 18 targets for political and security progress set out by the US Congress
  • Only one to move from unsatisfactory to satisfactory since July - progress on enacting and implementing legislation on de-Baathification, that is allowing former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party to hold government positions

  • Eight others including eliminating havens for outlaws, deploying three trained brigades to Baghdad, ensuring rights of minority political parties are protected in parliament - satisfactory progress

  • Seven including enactment of law on sharing oil resources among communities, ensuring Iraqi security forces provide even-handed law enforcement, increasing the number of Iraqi security forces able to operate independently - not satisfactory progress

  • As in July, too early to analyse progress on two benchmarks: passing amnesty legislation and establishing a programme to disarm militias.

    INDEPENDENT COMMISSION ON IRAQI SECURITY FORCES
    6 SEPTEMBER

  • Iraq's security forces will be unable to assume control of the country in the next 12 to 18 months
  • Reduction of US forces and handing over to the Iraqis is "possible and prudent", and changes could begin in early 2008
  • The national police force should be disbanded because of the level of corruption and infiltration by militia forces
  • An adequate logistics system to support the Iraqi army is at least two years away
  • GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE
    4 SEPTEMBER

    (non-partisan Congressional watchdog)

  • Of 18 stated political and military benchmarks, Iraq has failed to meet 11, and political progress is unsatisfactory
  • Iraq has met three goals: establishing joint security stations in Baghdad, ensuring minority rights in the Iraqi legislature and creating support committees for the Baghdad security plan
  • Violence remains high, and it is unclear whether sectarian-fuelled attacks have decreased
  • The number of Iraqi security forces capable of conducting independent operations has declined, and militias remain active
  • WHITE HOUSE INTERIM PROGRESS REPORT
    12 JULY

  • Iraq has made satisfactory progress on eight benchmarks, including eliminating havens for outlaws and deploying three trained brigades to Baghdad
  • Iraq has made unsatisfactory progress on nine benchmarks, including increasing the number of Iraqi security forces able to operate independently and passing legislation to calm sectarian feuds.
  • It is too early to analyse Iraq's progress on two benchmarks: passing amnesty legislation and establishing a programme to disarm militias.
  • NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE ON IRAQ
    23 AUGUST

  • The Iraqi government is hampered by violence and deep sectarian differences among its political parties
  • Iraq's neighbours will continue to try to expand their influence in the country in anticipation that US forces will soon leave
  • Some security progress has been made, but there is little hope for reconciliation among Iraq's feuding groups



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