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Hotline Succeeding In Foiling Iraqi Insurgents

Tuesday, 28 December 2004 12:00 AM

Hammond said the hotline and its success have "hit a nerve with the insurgents" who regularly vandalize billboards promoting the campaign. But Hammond said the 200 billboards around Iraq are replaced as quickly as they're destroyed. "I'm not going to stop," he said.

He called the enemy "a selfish minority" that uses practices that "have no connection whatsoever to the Islam religion" and no interest in "the short- or long-term needs of the Iraqi people."

In Baghdad, Hammond said, the enemy is a mix of foreign fighters, former regime elements, religious extremists and criminals who "are trying to impede progress by attacking critical infrastructure and civilians."

Hammond said their tactics — murdering civilians simply "for doing what's right for the people of Iraq" and attacking electrical towers, hospitals and other infrastructure — are part of a plan to instill fear and gain power.

"This isn't going to work," he said.

Hammond said the coalition's and Iraqis' persistence against the insurgents is paying off. Last Christmas, he said, the coalition experienced a 500 percent spike in attacks. A similar spike was anticipated again this year, but didn't materialize, he said.

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