White House Iraq Report: Mixed Progress

Cites gains on military benchmarks, lack of progress on political goals
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2007 5:57 AM CDT
U.S. and Iraqi soldiers stand on a street during a pre-dawn raid that netted nine suspected al-Qaida members in Baqouba, 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, July 9, 2007. (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The White House's interim report on its progress in Iraq, to be released today, will cite "satisfactory" work on eight of 18  benchmarks set by Congress, insufficient improvement on eight more, and mixed results on the final two. Most of the positive movement  has been on the military front, the Washington Post reports, and the failures in the political arena.

The administration's analysis directly contradicts US intelligence services' uniformly bleak view revealed yesterday, that Iraqi forces will be incapable of providing security for years to come, in view of deepening sectarian rivalries will. Bush is expected to argue that troops sent in March's "surge" haven't been in Iraq long enough to make major progress and they should be given more time. A second report is due in September.