Rumsfeld lays out eight war aims

24 March 2003
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld used a Pentagon press briefing on 21 March to spell out eight criteria by which the success of the war against Iraq would be judged. These are to:

- 'end the regime of Saddam Hussein by striking with force on a scope and scale that makes clear to Iraqis that he and his regime are finished'

- ' identify, isolate and eventually eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems, production capabilities, and distribution networks'

- 'search for, capture, drive out terrorists who have found safe harbour in Iraq'

- 'collect such intelligence as we can find related to terrorist networks in Iraq and beyond'

- 'collect such intelligence as we can find related to the global network of illicit weapons of mass destruction activity'

- 'end sanctions and to immediately deliver humanitarian relief, food and medicine to the displaced and to the many needy Iraqi citizens'

- 'secure Iraq's oilfields and resources, which belong to the Iraqi people, and which they will need to develop their country after decades of neglect by the Iraqi regime'

- 'help the Iraqi people create the conditions for a rapid transition to a representative self-government that is not a threat to its neighbours and is committed to ensuring the territorial integrity of the country'

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