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Operation Iraqi Freedom - 2004 Press Briefings

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December 16, 2004

December 15, 2004

December 14, 2004

  • Transcript: Department of Defense Briefing 14 Dec 2004 -- Lawrence Di Rita, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. Also Participating; Brigadier General David Rodriguez, Deputy Director for Regional Operations, Joint Staff Operations Directorate

December 9, 2004

December 8, 2004

December 3, 2004

  • Transcript: Department of Defense Briefing 03 Dec 2004 -- Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Lawrence Di Rita. Also participating was Deputy Director for Regional Operations, Joint Staff Operations Directorate, Brig. Gen. David Rodriguez

December 1, 2004

  • Transcript: Media Roundtable on Troop Extensions 01 Dec 2004 -- Maj. Gen. Fred D. Robinson, Director of Operations, Readiness and Mobilization, Army G3. Also participating was Deputy Director for Regional Operations, Joint Staff Operations Directorate, Brig. Gen. David Rodriguez, U.S. Army, and Director, Operations Division, USMC, Brig. Gen. Robert B. Neller

November 23, 2004

November 19, 2004

November 18, 2004

November 15, 2004

November 12, 2004

  • Transcript: Coalition and Iraqi Forces Briefing 12 Nov 2004 -- Lt. Gen John Sattler, Commander, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, Lt. Gen. Abdul Qader Mohammed Jassim Mohan, Commander of Iraqi Forces and Mr. Thair Al Nakib, Spokesman for the Prime Minister of Iraq

November 11, 2004

November 10, 2004

  • Transcript: Coalition and Iraqi Forces Briefing 10 Nov 2004 -- Major General Abdul Qader Mohammed Jassem Mohan, Chief of Iraqi Military Operations; Lieutenant General John Sattler, USMC, Commander, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Fallujah

November 9, 2004

November 8, 2004

October 29, 2004

October 27, 2004

October 07, 2004

September 20, 2004

  • Transcript: Media Availability with Lt. Gen. Sharp 20 Sep 2004 -- "There's been a lot of reporting in the last few days and there's been a lot of - I think there's been somewhat of a misunderstanding in terms of some of the numbers in security forces and the situation over there. So we've asked General Sharp and General Schwartz if they would just add clarity."

September 7, 2004

August 12, 2004

July 28, 2004

July 21, 2004

July 14, 2004

July 08, 2004

July 01, 2004

June 26, 2004

June 25, 2004

June 24, 2004

June 21, 2004

June 17, 2004

June 15, 2004

June 12, 2004

June 6, 2004

June 5, 2004

June 4, 2004

June 1, 2004

May 31, 2004

May 30, 2004

May 28, 2004

May 27, 2004

May 26, 2004

May 25, 2004

May 24, 2004

May 22, 2004

May 21, 2004

  • Transcript: Defense Department Background Briefing 21 May 2004 -- "In our continuing effort to provide you with the kinds of information that you're interested in with respect to the Iraqi detainee abuse allegations, we have brought back to you, as we promised, to bring you up to date on the death investigations that are taking place. The information that we have today is the best information that we have to date, and it's our commitment to you to continue to update that as we get better information."
  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 21 May 2004 -- Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director For Coalition Operations; and Dan Senor, Senior Adviser, CPA

May 20, 2004

May 18, 2004

May 17, 2004

May 14, 2004

May 13, 2004

May 12, 2004

May 11, 2004

May 10, 2004

May 07, 2004

May 06, 2004

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 06 May 2004 -- "The Iraqi authorities and the coalition are cooperating to reaffirm the rule of law and to restore order to the middle Euphrates area. To further that cooperation, I'm naming Adnan al-Zurufi as governor of Najaf. "

May 05, 2004

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 05 May 2004 -- "My Army's been embarrassed by this. My Army's been shamed by this. And on behalf of my Army, I apologize for what those soldiers did to your citizens. It was reprehensible and it was unacceptable. And it is more than just words, that we have to take those words into action and ensure that never happens again. And we will make a full- faith effort to ensure that never happens again."

May 04, 2004

May 03, 2004

April 30, 2004

April 28, 2004

April 27, 2004

April 26, 2004

April 23, 2004

April 22, 2004

April 20, 2004

April 19, 2004

April 16, 2004

April 15, 2004

  • Transcript: Special Defense Department Briefing 15 Apr 2004 -- "As the Secretary said, approximately 20,000 Army soldiers have been extended for 90 days past the 12 months boots-on-the-ground date in Iraq. These decisions, as you also heard, are not decisions that are taken lightly. The decisions impact about 40 total units. They are combat, combat support, and combat service support units, and they are both in Iraq and in Kuwait. As you also heard, the majority of these units are active component units, primarily focused on the larger units, the 1st Armored Division from Germany, and the 2nd Light Cavalry Regiment from Fort Polk Louisiana."
  • Transcript: Defense Department Operational Update Briefing 15 Apr 2004 -- Secretary Of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; and General Peter Pace, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs Of Staff
  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 15 Apr 2004 -- Gen. Richard Myers, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff; Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, Commander, Coalition Ground Forces

April 13, 2004

April 12, 2004

  • Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 12 Apr 2004 -- Presenter: Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director, Coalition Operations; and Daniel Senor, Senior Adviser, CPA
  • Transcript: Operational Update Briefing 12 Apr 2004 -- Special briefing via teleconference between Baghdad, Iraq and the Pentagon. Presenter: General John Abizaid, Commander, U.S. Central Command. Also participating was Lieutenant General Ricardo S. Sanchez, Commander, CJTC-7, and Mr. Bryan Whitman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

April 09, 2004

April 08, 2004

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 08 Apr 2004 -- "Coalition and Iraqi security forces are conducting deliberate, precise and robust combat operations to separate, isolate and destroy the enemy wherever we find him on the battlefield. We cannot tolerate acts of violence directed against the Iraqi people and its fundamental governing, religious and security structures. "

April 07, 2004

  • Transcript: Defense Department Operational Briefing 07 Apr 2004 -- " In the red are what are labeled "former regime elements." Now, this is shorthand for former regime elements and Ba'athists, Iraqi extremists, extremists from outside, the Zarqawi network as well. They're primarily working in areas that they've always worked in out here, and 1 MEF is the primary force that has gone against them, as you're well aware because of the engagements in Fallujah and the engagements in Ar Ramadi. This is Operation -- in Fallujah -- Vigilant Resolve that we refer to. The green arrows depict, as accurately as we can, those thugs and gangs that would associate themselves with Sadr. The number of arrows does not indicate their strength. This is not -- it's not a lot of people. But this is where we think we have to conduct operations, not just the United States, but others conduct operations to deal with this particular issue as well."
  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 07 Apr 2004 -- "Since the outset of violence on Sunday, the coalition has conduced over 4,600 patrols, 58 targeted raids, and captured over 200 enemy. In the west, ongoing operations along the border have significantly impacted the enemy's ability to bring in foreign fighters and equipment. In Fallujah, the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, along with the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps, continues Operation Vigilant Resolve. (...) In Ar Ramadi, forces encountered resistance from a number of attacks, but remain in firm control of the city. (...) In the center and southern regions of Iraq, the coalition and Iraqi security forces are conducting operations to destroy the Mahdi Army. (...) In the south-central region of Iraq, continued attacks by Mahdi Army elements are met by determined coalition response, while offensive operations continue to take the fight to the Mahdi Army fighters, leaders and supporters."

April 05, 2004

  • Transcript: U.S. Central Command Background Briefing 05 Apr 2004 -- "We are currently, as I think you know, conducting operations in and around Fallujah. I won't say we've locked the city down, but we've established a cordon around the city to monitor trafficking going in and out, and are beginning to conduct operations to go seek out those that committed which are tragic acts (...) The events of the weekend surrounding Muqtada Sadr are concerning to us. (...) This started in An Najaf with a large demonstration that got out of control. "
  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 05 Apr 2004 -- "Today the Iraqi police service formally arrested Mustafa al-Yacoubi, this pursuant to a valid arrest warrant issued by an Iraqi judge. Mr. al-Yacoubi was arrested in connection with the brutal murder of Ayatollah As Seyed Ala-Majid al-Khoei, who was repeatedly stabbed and shot to death last April in front of one of the world's holiest shrines. (...) In the Al Anbar province, Iraqi security forces and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force initiated Operation Vigilant Resolve to confront anti-coalition and anti-Iraqi elements in the Fallujah area. The joint force, currently consisting of over 1,300 personnel from the 1st MEF, Iraqi armed forces and the Iraqi Civil Defense Services, have established a series of traffic control points around the city of Fallujah, along with additional assets to regulate passage and establish a cordon in and out of the city. (...) Over the past 36 hours, there have been a number of demonstrations and incidents throughout the central and southern zones of Iraq, some of which turned violent, as elements of Mahdi Army incited and perpetrated violence against Iraqi citizens, Iraqi security forces and the coalition."

April 01, 2004

March 30, 2004

March 30, 2004

March 29, 2004

March 25, 2004

March 22, 2004

March 18, 2004

March 17, 2004

March 12, 2004

March 10, 2004

March 9, 2004

March 4, 2004

March 3, 2004

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 03 Mar 2004 -- Adviser to the CPA, Daniel Senor and Deputy Director of Coalition Operations, Gen. Mark Kimmitt
  • Coalition Provisional Authority Statement on Tuesday Terrorist Attacks 03 Mar 2004 -- "Yesterday's terrorist attacks match any every perpetrated in their pure cynicism, in their pure evil. Their purpose was clear: incitement of sectarian violence among Iraq's Muslims. In spite of the death toll, in spite of the wounded, as Iraqis from across the political spectrum have made clear in statements, the effort to provoke sectarian violence has failed and it will fail. The coalition and the United States government are committed to helping Iraq win this war against terrorism. We offer our complete support to the Iraqi people and to their security forces."

March 2, 2004

February 27, 2004

February 25, 2004

February 24, 2004

February 23, 2004

February 19, 2004

February 17, 2004

February 12, 2004

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 12 Feb 2004 -- "Today the Coalition Provisional Authority and Combined Join Task Force 7 announce that the award for information leading to the apprehension of Abu Musaab al-Zarqawi, a suspected leader of terrorists in Iraq, will increase to $10 million."

February 11, 2004

February 10, 2004

February 09, 2004

February 05, 2004

February 04, 2004

February 02, 2004

January 30, 2004

January 29, 2004

  • Transcript: Coalition Joint Task Force 7 Briefing from Baghdad 29 Jan 2004 -- "Our aggressive efforts to kill or capture former regime elements and other noncompliant forces, foreign fighters and other threats that are out there that are continuing to attack the Iraqi people have been particularly successful this past week. Among the captured was Hassan Ghul, who reported directly to Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the mastermind of the September 11th, 2001 attacks in the United States. (...) Of course, the capture of Ghul is pretty strong proof that al Qaeda is trying to gain a foothold here to continue their murderous campaigns. "

January 28, 2004

January 27, 2004

January 24, 2004

January 21, 2004

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing with Rebuilding Iraq Armed Forces 21 Jan 2004 -- Today we have with us Major General Paul Eaton. He is the commander of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team, the organization tasked with building the foundation of the armed forces of Iraq. He has graciously agreed to be here today to provide an update on the progress being made on rebuilding the armed forces in Iraq.

January 14, 2004

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 14 Jan 2004 -- Participating was Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director, Coalition Operations, Dan Senor, Spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority, Gen. Ahmed Ibrahim, Deputy Minister, Iraq's Department of the Interior, and Hamid Al Kifa'i, Iraqi Governing Council Spokesman
  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing, Commander's Emergency Response Program 14 Jan 2004 -- "This afternoon we have the privilege and opportunity to hear from Brigadier General David N. Blackledge. He's the commander of the 352nd Civil Affairs Command. General Blackledge has agreed to give us some details regarding civil military operations and civil affairs here in Iraq. He will focus specifically on the use of the Commander's Emergency Response Program, otherwise known as CERP. This is a program that involves investment of money at the local level by senior commanders, largely under the tutelage of General Blackledge."

January 13, 2004

January 12, 2004

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 12 Jan 2004 -- "Ambassador Bremer today welcomed the news of the Governing Council's announcement of its new de-Ba'athification policies and procedures. (...) Over the past week, there has been an average of 17 engagements daily against coalition military forces, just over two attacks against Iraqi security forces and just over one attack daily against Iraqi civilians. (...) To that end, the coalition conducted 1,768 patrols, 24 offensive operations, 32 raids and captured 114 anti-coalition suspects in the past 24 hours. In the northern zone of operations, coalition forces conducted 192 patrols, four cordon-and-searches and detained 14 individuals in the past 24 hours.

January 08, 2004

January 06, 2004

  • Transcript: DoD News Briefing - Secretary Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers 06 Jan 2004 -- "First, we're working to rebalance the active and reserve components in all of the services. (...) Second, we will be adjusting our global posture. (...) Third, we're in the process of implementing our new National Security Personnel System as an important step in better managing the civilian and military work forces. (...) Going forward, we will continue to be aggressively pursuing the global war on terrorism, strengthening joint war-fighting capabilities, transforming the Joint Force, strengthening our intelligence capabilities, strengthening our ability to counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; improving force manning through quality of life, infrastructure and other modifications. We'll be refining and improving DOD's role in homeland security. We'll be streamlining our budget contingency planning and other departmental processes."
  • Transcript: Background Briefing on Reconstruction Contracting in Iraq 06 Jan 2004 -- Participating were Lawrence Di Rita, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs; Retired Navy Rear Adm. David J. Nash; a senior administration official; and a senior U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) official
  • Transcript: 82nd Airborne Division Commanding General's Briefing from Iraq 06 Jan 2004 -- "Tonight Major General Swannack will be speaking to you about the 82nd Airborne Division Area of Operations during his opening comments"

January 04, 2004

January 02, 2004




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