A draft of the Government Accountability Office’s report on Iraq shows near complete failure in meeting the progress benchmarks set by Congress, the Washington Post reported. The GAO determined that Iraq failed to meet all but three of the 18 benchmarks. It also disagreed with the White House on how much military progress the surge has made. While there have been fewer attacks against U.S. forces, "the average number of daily attacks against civilians remained about the same over the last six months," the report stated. The GAO also said that the drop in military readiness by Iraqi security forces was more severe than the White House has indicated, stating that the number of Iraqi army units capable of operating independently declined from 10 in March to six last month, the Post reported.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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