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Rumsfeld: Much Dangerous Work Remains in Iraq - 2003-04-09


Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says it has been a good day for Iraq but he warns much dangerous work remains to be done by coalition forces.

Despite breathtaking images of liberated Iraqis celebrating in the streets of Baghdad, Mr. Rumsfeld says one remaining problem is determining the fate of Saddam Hussein.

"We still must capture, account for, or otherwise deal with Saddam Hussein and his sons and the senior Iraqi leadership," Secretary Rumsfeld said.

Another problem, he says, is locating Iraq's chemical weapons and making sure that, along with Iraqi leaders, they don't leave the country.

"We still need to find and secure Iraq's weapons of mass destruction facilities and secure Iraq's borders so we can prevent the flow of weapons of mass destruction materials and senior regime officials out of the country," he said.

One neighboring country in the spotlight is Syria. Mr. Rumsfeld says there is some intelligence it is helping move people out of Iraq.

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