GEN. RICHARD B. MYERS:<br> SUMMARY OF WEEKEND INTERVIEW COMMENTS

Thursday June 2, 2005

Insurgents continue to fail to derail progress in Iraq, despite switching their centers of gravity.

 First the insurgents tried to drive the Coalition from Iraq. We're still there.
 Next they focused on keeping Iraqis from joining the security forces, but Iraqis continue to sign up in record numbers.
 The insurgents then attempted to intimidate Iraqis from going to the polls for the Jan. 30 elections, and Iraqis voted in tremendous numbers.
 A poll conducted this month shows 85 percent are going to vote in the constitutional referendum scheduled for this fall.

Iraqi security forces are taking greater charge of their country's security.

 Thousands of Iraqi security forces are now rooting out terrorists in Baghdad in Operation Lightning.
 The ministries of interior (police forces) and defense (military forces) are coordinating their efforts in this operation; such integration is an important signpost of progress.
 One hundred Iraqi security force battalions are trained and equipped.
 Twenty-five can currently conduct independent or near-independent operations; the number increases each week, as does the number of operations with Iraqis in the lead and Coalition forces assisting.
 There are 35 operations in progress that involve Iraqi Security Forces.

The al-Qaeda movement will continue in Iraq even if Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is captured or killed.

 The Pentagon is inclined to believe that al-Zarqawi is injured, as alleged on his website.
 The Coalition will continue to put 24/7 pressure on al-Zarqawi and his organization.
 Efforts have been successful: more than 400 of his followers have been detained, and hundreds have been killed, including some of his closest lieutenants.

Source: DoD

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NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • "Guard is equipped and ready" by Lt. Gen. Roger C. Schultz (The Hill)
  • Harvey lauds 10th Mountain's transformation during wartime (ARNEWS)
  • Recruits at Ft. Benning make it over the mid-cycle hump (TRADOC News)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Suicide bombing attacks on the rise (LAT | EB)
  • Suicide bomber hits Baghdad airport (WP | EB)
  • Iraq's foreign minister fears premature pullout of U.S. troops (WT | EB)
  • Iraq asks U.N. to extend Multinational Force timetable (AFIS)
  • Iraq government working to persuade insurgents to disarm (PI | EB)
  • U.S. warns Iraq neighbors not to provide aid to Zarqawi (NYT | EB)
  • "The insurgents' power play" -- Opinion (WP | EB)
  • "War from the top down" -- Opinion (NYT | EB)
  • Myers says 85 percent of Iraqis likely to vote in October for constitution ratification (AFIS)
  • NATO plans for new task force in Afghanistan (WP | EB)
  • Rumsfeld says criticism of Guantanamo is inaccurate (USAT/EB)

OF INTEREST

  • Acting Deputy Secretary England authorizes release of BRAC info (AFIS)
  • "BRAC is good" -- Opinion (WSJ/EB)
  • Rumsfeld to meet with Asian officials about N. Korea (WP | EB)
  • U.S., China approaching N. Korea situation from different sides (USAT | EB)
  • Bush discusses mutual goals with NATO, South African leaders (AFIS)
  • Pentagon delays release of recruiting numbers until June 10 (WT | EB)

WORLD VIEW

  • N. Korea says Cheney's remarks will keep them away from negotiations (BBC)
  • The Majlis keeping close watch on nuclear talks for Iranian people (Islamic Republic News Agency)
  • Darfur rebels to meet with Sudanese officials to resume peace talks (Aljazeera)
  • France, Netherlands reject E.U. constitution (BBC)
  • China, India and Russia join forces to increase regional stability (China Daily)

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

[T]he political progress we're seeing in Iraq, that's going to be the key. And as the current government reaches out to Sunnis, which they're doing, trying to make them more a part of a constitutional process, that progress in the political front is going to be key to progress against the insurgency. And it's happening. (Transcript)

Gen. Richard B. Myers
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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