WASHINGTON (CNN) - An interim progress report on Iraq shows the war-torn country has made mostly satisfactory progress in meeting eight military benchmarks, but has received generally unsatisfactory marks on political progress, the Bush administration said.
The summary says Iraq has made mixed progress on two others. President Bush planned to hold a news conference Thursday at 10:30 a.m. ET to discuss the report's findings.
The benchmarks, mandated by Congress, are meant to help the United States determine its political, economic, and military strategy in coming months following a U.S. troop increase that began in February. Administration officials were calling the "interim report" a snapshot of what is going on in Iraq.
The report says the Iraqis have made satisfactory military progress by setting up joint U.S.-Iraqi security stations in Baghdad neighborhoods, but have failed to adequately increase the number of Iraqi security units capable of operating independently. On the political side, the establishment of a Constitutional Review Committee and completion of that review was rated satisfactory.
Following a Wednesday meeting at the White House with Bush, who discussed his recent trip to Iraq, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, told reporters the report would show "some success" on the military side. But McCain added bluntly, "On the political side, there is none."