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Renewal in Iraq

For Immediate Release
August 6, 2003

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More From Bater Wardam on Iraq

"true, What Happened to the Family of President Saddam is major drama, but it is no different from what thousands of families in Iraq faced under his rule. There is not a single Iraqi family that did not lose a son or a father or more to the haphazard wars, the oppression of the opposition, the snitching, the executions, the fleeing from the country, the hunger, and the disease....

"President Saddam ruled with the power of fear and with an iron fist. This meant the people's submission, but it could not have meant love at all.... The fate of President Saddam and his family is not important, and it should not be focused upon, because what is important is Iraq's fate as a state and people under the occupation." -- Bater Wardam, Columnist for the Jordanian daily Al-Dustour, 8/4/03

Rewards for Justice

Secretary of State Colin Powell approved the payment of a $30 million reward to the person who provided the critical piece of information that led to Uday and Qusay Hussein. The award for Saddam's sons was set at $15 million each.

  • This is the largest payment in the history of the Rewards for Justice Program.

  • The payment was made quickly to illustrate to the Iraqi's that the Coalition keeps our promises.

  • The U.S. appreciates the effort that this individual made and the risk that he took to help us in what is a very important development for the United States, for coalition forces, but also for the people of Iraq.

  • There are other opportunities for similar sums of money to be paid should other individuals want to come forward with information about Saddam Hussein.

A Renewed Iraq for Iraqis

The Coalition's three major goals:

  • Security
  • Prosperity
  • Democracy

Themes for the week of August 3rd

It has been almost 100 days since the end of major combat operations and successes the Iraqis with the Coalition partners have achieved:

  • Water supply is now at 90 percent of pre-conflict levels.

  • Teachers salaries have increased four-fold over salaries during Saddam's regime.

  • Nearly 3 dozen countries are contributing financially to the renewal of Iraq, 19 countries are supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.