|The White House
President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
January 26, 2004
Capturing Saddam Hussein was a major operational and psychological defeat for insurgents.
Saddam's capture has resulted in an increase in information from Iraqis. The information has allowed Coalition forces to conduct raids to capture or kill financiers, mid-level former regime leaders and those who make improvised explosive devices.
Iraqis clearly understand the Ba'ath Party is gone and they are ready to move forward.
The number of enemy attacks against Coalition forces has been declining since they peaked in November.
In their desperation, the enemy is targeting civilians and Iraqi security forces, and ambushing convoys.
These attacks demonstrate the insurgents' disdain for peace and prosperity in Iraq and for Iraqis.
Attacks against Iraqi security forces have not deterred Iraqis from signing up to protect their country.