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Friday, May 12, 2006

Iraq Index Shows Progress Being Made

The Brookings Institute released its latest Iraq Index this week. Some of the key points made are below:


-Per Capita GDP (USD) for 2005 is forecast to increase from the previous year to $1,051. In 2002 it was $802.

-Increases in GDP for the next five years: 16.8, 13.6, 12.5, 7.8, and 7.2.

-Actionable tips from Iraqis have increased every month this year. In January, 4,025 tips were received; February, 4,235; and March, 4,578.

-On an index of political freedom for countries in the Middle East, Iraq now ranks fourth, just below Israel, Lebanon, and Morocco.

-Crude oil production reached 2.14 million barrels a day (MBD) in April of this year. It had dropped to 0.3 MBD in May of 2003.

-Revenues from oil export have only slightly increased from pre-war levels of $0.2 billion, to $0.62 billion in April.

-Electrical output is almost at the pre-war level of 3,958 megawatts. April's production was 3,600 megawatts. In May of 2003, production was only 500 megawatts. The goal is to reach 6,000 megawatts, and was originally expected to be met in 2004.

-The unemployment rate in June of 2003 was 50-60%, and in April of this year it had dropped to 25-40%.

-As of December 2005, countries other than the U.S., plus the World Bank and IMF, have pledged almost $14 billion in reconstruction aid to Iraq.

-Significant progress has also been made towards the rule of law. In May 2003 there were no trained judges, but as of October 2005 there were 351.

-As of January 2006, 64% of Iraqis polled said that the country was headed in the right direction.

-Also as of January 2006, 77% said that removing Saddam Hussein was the right thing to do.

-In May of 2003, Iraqi Security Forces were estimated at between 7,000-9,000. They numbered 250,500 in March of this year.


-The breakdown of foreign terrorists by country of origin is interesting. The largest number come from Algeria, at 20%. The next two countries are Syria and Yemen, at 18% and 17%, respectively.

-The number of foreign terrorists fighting in Iraq was estimated at between 300 and 500 in January 2004. That number increased in April of this year, to between 700 and 2,000.


-From May 2003 and April 2006, between 1,000 and 3,000 anti-Iraqi forces have been killed each month.

All Things Conservative
Brookings Institute Report

5 Comments:

At Friday, 12 May, 2006, Blogger Rastaman said...

Nice to get some good news out out of Iraq for a change. Good post!

 
At Saturday, 13 May, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Theres always good news coming out of Iraq, were never treated to any of it by the MSM as it doesnt 'tow the line'

 
At Saturday, 13 May, 2006, Blogger jonz said...

Aha! Thanks Alison. More ammo for usage on lefty sites. There's an update on one of the links to an excellent analysis at The Futurist.

The first and most important projection is that Iraq's GDP will grow 16.8% in 2006 and 13.6% in 2007, making it the fastest growing economy in the world

Appeal to people's prosperity, and much else works itself out.

 
At Sunday, 14 May, 2006, Anonymous alison said...

Thanks. It was that Indy cover wot started me off last week, id been meaning to stick this up. Having seen some interesting graphs that link Bushs ratings more indicatively to the gas price index I had to laugh at that Indy -lapping up the usual so they could print one of their arty front covers. Post to follow.

 
At Sunday, 14 May, 2006, Anonymous alison said...

Also the nos of foreign terrorists increasing alongside the nos of attacks weve seen in the MSM is important. Theres another piece floating about on women in Iraq. I was under the mistaken impression things were 'better' for women when SH was in charge. Wrong, naturally. Something else to stick up.

 

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