For Immediate Release
July 15, 2004
In Afghanistan, the terror camps are closed, and Osama bin Laden is on the run. A new government has been established under President Hamid Karzai, a constitution has been written, and free elections will be held this fall. A nation is being rebuilt and a threat has been removed.
Pakistani forces are rounding up terrorists on their border and working with us. President Musharraf has become a friend of the United States, providing support for our operations and helping us capture Khalid Sheik Mohammad, the operational planner of 9/11. Pakistan is now an ally in the war on terror.
Saudi Arabia is now working closely with the United States to root out al Qaeda. Since 9/11 and the attacks in Riyadh, the Saudi government has been working hard to shut down the facilitators and financial supporters of terrorism. The government has captured or killed many first tier leaders of the al Qaeda organization in Saudi Arabia.
In Iraq, our coalition removed a declared enemy of the United States. Saddam Hussein is in jail. His government is gone, and sovereignty has been passed to a new interim government. Free elections will be held by next January. While a continuing U.S. and coalition presence will be required in Iraq, the Iraqis themselves are taking on more and more responsibility for their own country.
We have ended one of the most dangerous sources of nuclear proliferation. A.Q. Kahn's network is being dismantled. Libya's Ghadafi has given up his nuclear ambitions -- turning over all his weapons of mass destruction materials.