11 December 2003
U.S. Helping Set Up Iraqi Intelligence Service in Iraq
White House Report, Dec. 11: Iraq
Several months ago Iraqis requested the assistance of the United States "in establishing an intelligence service capability, and we are assisting them with their request. The United States government is assisting in that effort," White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan told reporters December 11 when asked to comment on a Washington Post article reporting that the Central Intelligence Agency is helping set up an Iraqi intelligence service inside of Iraq.
"The primary mission of that intelligence service will be to provide information to combat terrorism inside Iraq," McClellan said. "This is all part of our larger effort to continue working with the Iraqi people to turn more and more responsibility over to the Iraqi people for security in their own country. So that's what that is. But they had requested our assistance. The United States government is assisting in that effort, at the request of the Iraqi people."
McClellan said "Iraqis continue to become more and more involved in their own security, from patrolling the streets of Baghdad and other cities, to protecting critical infrastructure, and, most importantly, protecting their fellow citizens from the terrorists who want to return Iraq to the days of a very brutal regime, which will not happen."
(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)
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