Monday, July 16, 2007


WASHINGTON (CNN) — A report on U.S.-set benchmarks for Iraq shows “satisfactory progress” in eight areas, while highlighting that there’s “more work to do” in other areas, President Bush said Thursday.

“Of the 18 benchmarks Congress asked us to measure, we can report that satisfactory progress is being made in eight areas,” Bush said during a White House news conference.

Iraqis “have provided the three brigades they promised for operations in and around Baghdad,” said the president. However, Iraqis have “not done enough to prepare for local elections or pass a law to share in oil


  1. De-Ba'athification laws
  2. Distribution of oil revenues
  3. Independent electoral commission
  4. Disarming of militias
  5. Increase number of Iraqi security forces capable of operating independently
  6. Allocation of $10bn in Iraqi reconstruction
  7. Ensure political authorities are not undermining security forces


  1. Enacting and implementing legislation addressing amnesty


  1. Constitutional review
  2. Training of three key Iraqi army brigades
  3. Providing Iraqi commanders with authority to pursue US troop "surge" without political interference
  4. Even handed law enforcement by Iraqi forces
  5. Reduce sectarian violence
  6. Establish joint US-Iraqi security stations in Baghdad
  7. Protect rights of minority political parties
  8. Enacting and implementing legislation on procedures to form semi-autonomous regions
  9. Ensure that the Baghdad security plan will not provide a safe haven for any outlaws, regardless of their political affiliation
  10. Establishing supporting political, media, economic and services committees in Baghdad in support of the security plan

From BBC

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