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3/27/03 - BUSH ON IRAQI AID - 2003-03-27

How is the U.S.-led campaign going in Iraq? In the words of President George W. Bush, the coalition efforts to free the people of Iraq from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein are steadily advancing:

"We cannot know the duration of this war, yet we know its outcome. We will prevail. The Iraqi regime will be disarmed. The Iraqi regime will be ended. The Iraqi people will be free. And our world will be more secure and peaceful." As the Iraqi people are being liberated, said Mr. Bush, the United States and its many allies are working to bring them humanitarian assistance:

"This nation and our coalition partners are committed to making sure that the Iraqi citizens who have suffered under a brutal tyrant have got the food and medicine needed as soon as possible. And soon, the Iraqi people will see the great compassion of not only the United States, but other nations around the world who care deeply about the human condition inside that country."

The U.S. has made six-hundred-ten-thousand metric tons of food commodities immediately available for the Iraqi people. The U.S. has also provided over one-hundred-seventeen million dollars to the United Nations and international non-governmental organizations to provide food and relief supplies for Iraq. Additional humanitarian aid for the people of Iraq is on the way.

As President Bush said, “We come to Iraq with respect for its citizens, for their great civilization, and for the religious faiths they practice. We have no ambition in Iraq, except to remove a threat and restore control of that country to its own people."