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Iraq report to note progress, problems

There has been encouraging progress toward stabilizing Iraq, even while insurgents and foreign fighters ”remain effective, adaptable, and intent on carrying out attacks,” Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday. Rumsfeld previewed a comprehensive Iraq report to Congress that was due July 11, the first in a series of required periodic assessments. Lawmakers have been pressing the Pentagon to provide more specific data to measure progress. Rumsfeld said information about the readiness and performance of US-trained Iraqi security forces — one of the most telling measures of progress — would be included in a classified annex to the report but not made public. Full Story

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