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Since President Bush declared an end to major combat on May 1…
… the first battalion of the new Iraqi Army has graduated and is on
… over 60,000 Iraqis now provide security to their fellow citizens.
… nearly all of Iraq’s 400 courts are functioning.
… the Iraqi judiciary is fully independent.
… on Monday, October 6 power generation hit 4,518 megawatts-exceeding
… all 22 universities and 43 technical institutes and colleges are open,
as are nearly all primary and secondary schools.
… by October 1, Coalition forces had rehab-ed over 1,500 schools - 500
more than scheduled.
… teachers earn from 12 to 25 times their former salaries.
… all 240 hospitals and more than 1200 clinics are open.
… doctors salaries are at least eight times what they were under
… pharmaceutical distribution has gone from essentially nothing to 700
tons in May to a current total of 12,000 tons.
… the Coalition has helped administer over 22 million vaccination doses
to Iraq’s children.
… a Coalition program has cleared over 14,000 kilometers of Iraq’s
kilometers of weed-choked canals which now irrigate tens of thousands of
farms. This project has created jobs for more than 100,000 Iraqi men and
… we have restored over three-quarters of prewar telephone services and
over two-thirds of the potable water production.
… there are 4,900 full-service telephone connections. We expect 50,000
… the wheels of commerce are turning. From bicycles to satellite dishes
to cars and trucks, businesses are coming to life in all major cities and
… 95 percent of all prewar bank customers have service and first-time
customers are opening accounts daily.
… Iraqi banks are making loans to finance businesses.
… the central bank is fully independent.
… Iraq has one of the worlds most growth-oriented investment and banking
… Iraq has a single, unified currency for the first time in 15 years.
… satellite TV dishes are legal.
… foreign journalists aren’t on 10-day visas paying mandatory and
extortionate fees to the Ministry of Information for minders and other
… there is no Ministry of Information.
… there are more than 170 newspapers.
… you can buy satellite dishes on what seems like every street corner.
… foreign journalists (and everyone else) are free to come and go.
… a nation that had not one single element - legislative, judicial or
executive - of a representative government, now does.
… in Baghdad alone residents have selected 88 advisory councils.
Baghdad’s first democratic transfer of power in 35 years happened when the
city council elected its new chairman.
… today in Iraq chambers of commerce, business, school and professional
organizations are electing their leaders all over the country.
… 25 ministers, selected by the most representative governing body in
Iraq’s history, run the day-to-day business of government.
… the Iraqi government regularly participates in international events.
Since July the Iraqi government has been represented in over two dozen
international meetings, including those of the UN General Assembly, the
Arab League, the World Bank and IMF and, today, the Islamic Conference
Summit. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today announced that it is
reopening over 30 Iraqi embassies around the world.
… Shia religious festivals that were all but banned, aren’t.
… for the first time in 35 years, in Karbala thousands of Shiites
celebrate the pilgrimage of the 12th Imam.
… the Coalition has completed over 13,000 reconstruction projects, large
and small, as part of a strategic plan for the reconstruction of Iraq.