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Iraq Transition of Power; One Year Anniversary 2004-2005
President Explains Troop Levels in Iraq
WASHINGTON, June 29, 2005 – President Bush said troop levels in Iraq are where military commanders want them and explained why he believes setting a deadline for their withdrawal would be a mistake in a nationally televised June 28 speech at Fort Bragg, N.C. Story  Photos  Transcript
Bush: U.S. Will Remain Until Job is Done
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2005 On the one-year anniversary of the transfer of sovereignty in Iraq to a transitional Iraqi government, President Bush tonight promised that U.S. forces would remain in Iraq until the job is complete, "but not one day longer." Story  Photos  Transcript of President Bush's Speech
Rumsfeld: Media Focuses on 'Negative' in Iraq
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2005 Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld took to the airwaves June 27 to clear up what he characterized as "misinformation" by the media about the war in Iraq, telling radio listeners in Kansas City, Mo., that "the news media seem to want to carry the negative."  Story
Freely Elected, Determined
“The Iraqi people and their freely elected government … are determined to face down those who would destroy their hopes. They are determined to carry out a political process that will lead to a free and democratic Iraq. And we believe that the region, and indeed the world, will be more secure when that day is realized."
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Int'l Conference on Iraq   Story
  Transition to Sovereignty
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TRANSFER OF AUTHORITY – Ambassador L. Paul Bremer and Iraqi President Sheikh Ghazi Ajil al-Yawar shake hands while United Kingdom Special Representative David Richmond and others look on during a ceremony celebrating the transfer of full governmental authority to the Iraqi Interim Government in Baghdad, Iraq, June 28, 2004. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen    Forming a Government  (Photo Essay)
Insurgents Will Fail to Stop Iraqi Progress
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2005 – A year to the day after a new, democratic government assumed sovereignty in Iraq, insurgents there still are seeking to derail the country's political progress through violence, the State Department's senior official said today.  Story
  One Year Ago
Occupation Ends; Iraqis Take Charge of Country
Return of Sovereignty Means 'Hopeful Day' for Iraq
Rumsfeld: Transfer Won't Immediately Stop Violence
Bremer Details Top Accomplishments of Post-War Iraq
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IRAQ SOVEREIGNTY — President Bush received confirmation of Iraqi sovereignty from National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. He then wrote, “Let Freedom Reign!,” during the opening session of the NATO Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, June 28, 2004.
Day of Great Hope
"Earlier today, 15 months after the liberation of Iraq, and two days ahead of schedule, the world witnessed the arrival of a free and sovereign Iraqi government ... After decades of brutal rule by a terror regime, the Iraqi people have their country back. This is a day of great hope for Iraqis and a day that terrorist enemies hoped never to see. The terrorists are doing all they can to stop the rise of a free Iraq, but their bombs and attacks have not prevented Iraqi sovereignty, and they will not prevent Iraqi democracy."
President George W. Bush, June 28, 2004    Video
Leaders Mark First Anniversary
WASHINGTON, June 27, 2005 – The year since Iraq assumed sovereignty on June 28, 2004, has been marked by “some extraordinary achievements in the face of tremendous challenge,” President Bush said during a joint press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.   Story    Video
  Related Stories
Focus on Progress, Not Violence | Transcript
Momentum in Iraq Favors Democracy
Rumsfeld Praises Iraq for Outreach Efforts
Progress in Iraq Takes Back Seat to Violence in Media Coverage
Rumsfeld Clarifies Status of Iraqi Security Forces
Myers: Strategy Right, U.S. Must Stay Course in Iraq
Abizaid: Insurgents Have 'No Chance'
Despite Perception, War in Iraq Going Well
World Community Pledges to Support Free, Democratic Iraq
Political Process Will Stay on Course
  Timeline & Fact Sheets
Backgrounder: Iraqi Interim Government
Fact Sheet: The Transition to Iraqi Self-Government
Iraq Timeline 2002 - 2005
White House: Renewal in Iraq
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