United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 5, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:1170-1171

Author: George W. Bush  | Date: September 1, 2008

Statement on the War on Terror in Iraq,
September 1, 2008

Today in Iraq, responsibility for security in Anbar Province was transferred to Iraqi civilian authorities. Iraqi forces will now take the lead in security operations in Anbar, with American troops moving into an overwatch role. Not long ago, Anbar was one of the most dangerous Provinces in Iraq. Al Qaida was in control of almost every major population center, and its leaders intended to turn Anbar Province into a safe haven from which to plan and launch further attacks against Iraqis and others in the region as well as here at home.

Today, Anbar is no longer lost to Al Qaida; it is Al Qaida that lost Anbar. Iraqis, like countless other Muslims across the world, witnessed Al Qaida’s brutality firsthand and rejected it. As a result, Anbar has been transformed and reclaimed by the Iraqi people. This achievement is a credit to the courage of our troops, the Iraqi Security Forces, and the brave tribes and other civilians from Anbar who worked alongside them.

Today’s ceremony returns the 11th of 18 Provinces to Provincial Iraqi control. Al Qaida and Iranian-backed special groups remain a threat, but the United States and the nations of Multi-National Forces—Iraq continue to stand with the Iraqis as they work to defeat these enemies and build a democracy in the heart of the Middle East. The success of Iraq will make the American people more secure and help yield the peace we all desire.

Note: The Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language version of this statement.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 5, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:1170-1171 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 5, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:1170-1171 Original Sources, accessed November 15, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=U74MEWEGFG2EQPY.

MLA: Bush, George W. United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 5, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:1170-1171, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 5, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:1170-1171, Original Sources. 15 Nov. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=U74MEWEGFG2EQPY.

Harvard: Bush, GW, United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 5, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:1170-1171. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 5, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:1170-1171. Original Sources, retrieved 15 November 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=U74MEWEGFG2EQPY.