For Immediate Release
April 3, 2003
Progress continues in the war to end the regime of Saddam Hussein. As
we close in on Baghdad, our forces - air and ground - are performing
superbly, but we must remember that some of the toughest fighting could
still lie ahead.
We must not forget that the Iraqi regime has a history of killing
hundreds of thousands of Muslims in Iraq, including the thousands of Shia
Muslims who rose up after the Gulf War.
We are showing more respect for a prominent mosque in Najaf than Iraqi
forces. Against all international laws of war, Saddam's forces are using
the mosque as a military fortress. Coalition troops have not fired back -
and will continue to work to avoid civilian casualties and protect Iraq's
More than mosques are being mistreated by the Iraqi regime. Coalition
forces in An Najat found a school in which the Iraqi regime had stashed
weapons and many rounds of ammunition.
Iraqi people are coming forward with vital information about the enemy.
They approach our troops and tell them where the enemy is hiding, where
weapons are hidden, where torture chambers are, where bodies are buried.