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Rumsfeld Wouldn't Call It 'Guerilla Warfare' in Iraq

Friday, 27 June 2003 12:00 AM

Rumsfeld noted that coalition forces were now training the Iraqi police force and trying to form a new Iraqi army, but "it will take some time" for those capabilities to become effective.

Rumsfeld said he wouldn't use the word "guerilla warfare" to describe what's going on in Iraq.

"There were 100,000 people turned out of their prisons. Those people are out there. They're doing things that are unhelpful to the Iraqi people. There's also no question that there are leftover remnants of the Saddam Hussein regime that are doing things that are against the coalition."

The Pentagon confirms that two U.S. soldiers abducted earlier this week are still missing. And press reports say an American soldier was shot in the head while buying DVDs at a Baghdad shop; his condition is not known. Another U.S. soldier was killed in a southern Iraqi city Thursday while investigating a car theft.

At least 21 U.S. troops have died in Iraq since President Bush declared major combat over on May 1.

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