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    Time to Cut & Run, :-) Casualties Iraq War #1931 (5) 10-1-05 Bush Describes Strategy for Victory in Iraq By Gerry J. Gilmore American Forces Press Service
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      Casualties Iraq War #1931 (5) 10-1-05



      Bush Describes Strategy for Victory in Iraq
      By Gerry J. Gilmore
      American Forces Press Service


      WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2005 - The United States has a plan for victory in Iraq
      that's starting to pay dividends, President Bush said today during his
      weekly radio address to the nation.
      "Our strategy in Iraq is clear," Bush said. U. S. , coalition and Iraqi
      security forces are "hunting down deadly terrorist leaders," he said, as
      well as targeting the specific areas in which terrorists are known to
      operate.
      The United States and its allies also are "constantly adapting our tactics
      to the changing tactics of the terrorists," Bush said, while continuing to
      train and equip more Iraqi Army troops and police who will eventually assume
      security duties in their country.
      Bush said he recently met with the top U. S. military officers responsible
      for operations in Iraq, Army Gen. John Abizaid, commander of U. S. Central
      Command, and Army Gen. George Casey, the senior American commander in Iraq.
      The officers were in Washington this week to report their impressions to the
      commander-in-chief and to testify at Senate and House committee hearings on
      the conduct of the war.
      The president said the two generals updated him on Iraq operations,
      including details of last week's killing in Baghdad of Abu Azzam, al Qaeda's
      number-two operations leader in Iraq.
      "This brutal killer was a top lieutenant of the terrorist (Abu Musab al-)
      Zarqawi," Bush said. Azzam was responsible for recent attacks in Baghdad,
      the president said, that were designed to destabilize the new Iraqi
      government as it prepares to unveil a new constitution for public approval
      during an Oct. 15 referendum.
      Bush said increased numbers of trained, equipped and capable Iraq security
      forces have enabled U. S. and coalition troops to hand over terrority
      secured from terrorists, such as the city of Karbala, to Iraqi troops.
      "Now the increasing number of more capable Iraqi troops has allowed us to
      keep a better hold on the cities we've taken from the terrorists," Bush
      explained. Meanwhile, U. S. , coalition and Iraq forces are free to move on
      to engage terrorists in other parts of the country, he said.
      Bush said U. S. and Iraqi forces recently teamed up to eject terrorists who
      were holed up in the town of Tal Afar in northwest Iraq near the Syrian
      border. After the area was secured, he noted, Iraqi troops moved in to keep
      the terrorists from returning to a place that had been used as a conduit for
      terrorist infiltration from Syria.
      And U. S. and Iraqi troops continue anti-terrorist operations in western
      Iraq, Bush said, to "deny al Qaeda a safe haven there and to stop terrorists
      from crossing into the country from Syria. "
      Bush said more than 100 battalions of Iraqi security forces are operating
      across their country and are serving with increasing effectiveness.
      "As Iraqi forces show they're capable of fighting the terrorists they are
      earning the trust and confidence of the Iraqi people," Bush said, "which
      will ensure the success of a free and democratic Iraq. "
      More security challenges loom ahead in Iraq, Bush said, pointing to the
      upcoming referendum on the new constitution and elections in December to
      choose a new Iraqi national government. The terrorists "have a history of
      escalating their attacks before Iraq's major political milestones," the
      president said.
      Yet, the terrorists "will fail" to stop the progress of a free, democratic
      Iraq, Bush vowed, nor will they break the will of the United States and its
      allies.
      Defeating terrorists in Iraq "will require more time and more sacrifice,"
      Bush acknowledged. But all Americans can have confidence in the prowess of
      their military, he pointed out, noting "they've made important gains in
      recent weeks and months. "
      And U. S. military leaders and troops in Iraq "are helping us to bring
      victory in the war on terror," Bush concluded.

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