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Report card on Iraq war

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  • White House reports on Iraq's success in meeting "benchmarks"
  • Successes include constitutional review, joint security stations
  • Failures include "even-handed" law enforcement, passing an oil law
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(CNN) -- Iraq has satisfactorily met eight U.S.-set benchmarks, has not satisfactorily met eight others and made mixed progress on two, according to a U.S. report released Thursday.

The interim report mandated by an act of Congress, "highlights the challenges of disarming militias and ensuring full Iraqi government control of security operations in Baghdad neighborhoods," said White House spokesman Tony Snow in a written statement.

The information for the analysis was collected from the secretaries of state and defense; the Multi-National Forces-Iraq commander; the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, and the commander of U.S. Central Command. These are the benchmarks, as defined by the act, and the report's grade on how well they've been met:


  • Forming a Constitutional Review Committee and completing the constitutional review: Satisfactory progress
  • Passing legislation addressing the issue of de-Baathification: [The controversial process begun soon after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein that curtailed the rights of members of his Baath Party] Unsatisfactory progress
  • Setting up procedures to form semi-autonomous regions: Satisfactory progress
  • Establishing an Independent High Electoral Commission, provincial elections law, provincial council authorities, and a date for provincial elections: Mixed progress
  • Passing legislation addressing amnesty: Unsatisfactory The report qualified this benchmark, however, saying given "the current security environment in Iraq, it is not clear that such action should be a near-term Iraqi goal."
  • Ensuring that the rights of minority political parties in the Iraqi legislature are protected: Satisfactory

  • Passing legislation to ensure that revenues from Iraq's oil resources are distributed equitably among Iraq's ethnic groups: Unsatisfactory
  • Allocating and spending $10 billion in Iraqi revenues for reconstruction projects, including delivery of essential services, on an equitable basis: Satisfactory

  • Establishing a strong militia disarmament program to ensure that security forces are accountable only to the central government and loyal to the Constitution of Iraq: Unsatisfactory
  • Establishing political, media, economic, and services committees in support of the Baghdad Security Plan: Satisfactory
  • Providing three trained and ready Iraqi brigades to support Baghdad operations: Satisfactory
  • Providing Iraqi commanders with authority to make tactical and operational decisions, in consultation with U.S commanders, without political intervention, including the authority to pursue all insurgents and militias: Unsatisfactory
  • Ensuring that the Iraqi Security Forces are providing "even-handed enforcement of the law": Unsatisfactory
  • Ensuring that the Baghdad security plan will not provide a safe haven for any "outlaws," regardless of their sectarian affiliation: Satisfactory
  • Reducing the level of sectarian violence in Iraq and eliminating militia control of local security: Mixed
  • Establishing all of the planned joint security stations in neighborhoods across Baghdad: Satisfactory
  • Increasing the number of Iraqi security force units capable of operating independently: Unsatisfactory
  • Ensuring that Iraq's political authorities are not undermining or making false accusations against members of the Iraqi Security Forces: Unsatisfactory
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