They were bound, they were together, there were no kidnappers in the area.
every planned operation, we take cultural sensitivity and things like holidays into consideration. For the momentum of the operations to continue, the decision was made to conduct the operation this morning, fully conscious of the fact that there was indeed a religious holiday, but knowing that it was important to continue the momentum.
The terrorists and foreign fighters that he recruits, trains and equips carry out more than 90 percent of the insidious suicide attacks against the men, women and children of Iraq — attacks that have killed or injured thousands of Iraqis in the last year alone.
We are seeing a confident Iraqi government using capable security forces to calm the storm.
We have indeed seen a reduction in the number of suicide attacks in Baghdad,
Again, thats blown out of proportion. Those young men and women were expressing their opinion. If you come over and talk to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines we have on the ground her in Iraq today, they are very proud of what they’re doing. They’re protecting freedom and our way of life and they’re...
The policy doesn’t need to change. The policy that’s in effect is the one that will stay in effect.
So what I’m trying to show you is … there is indeed areas of Iraq that are relatively safe and secure, and those people in those provinces are working their way towards a peaceful society as they work their way towards democracy, … Sixty percent of the people of Iraq live in these provinces that...
Again, that ‘ s blown out of proportion. Those young men and women were expressing their opinion. If you come over and talk to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines we have on the ground her in Iraq today, they are very proud of what they’re doing. They’re protecting freedom and our way of life...
That’s what happened in Baghdad today and that’s what happened in Amman yesterday.
[The typical insurgent] doesn’t have the capability or the courage to take on coalition forces or Iraqi security forces in direct combat, … So in the wee hours of darkness, his people move out and emplace these bombs. They go off the next day and kill coalition force members, Iraqi security force members or innocent...
approached at a high rate of speed and then conducted activity that in itself was suspicious. There were individuals hanging outside with what looked to be a weapon. It stopped and immediately put itself in reverse. Again suspicious activity. Our soldiers on the scene used established rules of engagement and all the training received …...
In law enforcement, there’s a time when you have to disassociate yourself from tragedy because if you can’t, it’ll destroy you, … There’s a point in an investigation where you’re still working on it, but you have to keep things in perspective or you won’t make it to retirement.
These spikes of violence are predictable around certain critical events that highlight the progress of democracy, … Remember, democracy equals failure for the insurgency. So there has to be heightened awareness now as we work our way toward the referendum.
There are indeed militias, and the Iraqi law wants to integrate those militias into the Iraqi security force or disband those militias. Some of them did that, some of them still have displaced loyalties that have joined the Iraqi security forces … and they could conduct the same kind of thing that we saw in...
None of those service members were coached as to what to say.
We’re convinced we’re going to fight our way to the elections,
With authority, we can say they came from those countries,
We have a very deliberate process on how we work with those detainees,
They’re not going to be leaving early as a result of the hurricane,