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100 Days of Progress in Iraq



  1. "We want to have a real education, to be a progressive country. Education is very important to the reconstruction of our society. If you want to civilize society, you must care about education." -- Al Sa'ad Majid al Musowi, a businessman on Baghdad's city council, The Chicago Tribune, July 31, 2003.
  2. "We have full freedom to print anything we want. The coalition doesn't interfere in our work but, of course, we have our own red lines." -- Ishtar el Yassiri, editor of the new satirical Iraqi newspaper Habez Bouz, Financial Times (London), July 31, 2003.
  3. "The tension is reducing every day. We are seeing a change. People are starting to realize that the soldiers are not here to occupy Fallujah forever-they're here to help us rebuild." -- Taha Bedawi, mayor of Fallujah, The Washington Post, July 29, 2003.
  4. "It's a chance to defend our country for our people. It's good to work with the American soldiers. They give us new training and a mutual respect." -- Omar Abdullah, a recruit for Mosul's newly formed joint security group, Associated Press, July 29, 2003.
  5. "I want to serve a new Iraq." -- Shevin Majid, a former Kurdish fighter who is now a recruit in the Mosul joint security force, Associated Press, July 29, 2003.
  6. "More and more businessmen are coming to Iraq. It is a rich country and the Iraqi market is enormous. All the world wants to come and do business here." -- Captain Adel Khalaf, director of the port at Umm Qasr, Agence France Presse, July 27, 2003.
  7. "For the first time I feel really free." -- Latif Yahia, Uday's former double, after hearing of Uday's death, Agence France Presse, July 26, 2003.
  8. "The Iraqi people have got rid of two of the biggest criminals in history. Their victims and the sons of their victims, who lived for 35 years under oppression, are feeling proud and happy." -- Muwaffak al-Rubaiei, a member of the Iraqi Governing Council, Agence France Presse and Reuters, July 25, 2003.
  9. "I couldn't show it to the people in the past because of the regime. Now I hang it up to show respect." -- Abbas Fadel, who displays a picture of his brother, tortured and murdered by Saddam Hussein, Knight Ridder, July 24, 2003.
  10. "I can see that the American soldiers are free. In our old army, we were always under pressure and strict military orders. There was tough punishment." -- Raad Mamoud, a former Iraqi soldier, USA Today, July 21, 2003.

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