September 6, 2003
u.s. Secretary of Defense visits babil province
Al Hilla, Babil Province. The
Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense, visited Babil Province
on Saturday, September 6.
Secretary Rumsfeld began the day at Camp
Babylon, where he toured the Babylonian Ruins with the Governor of Babil, Sayyed
Iskandar Jawad Witwit, as well as the Coalition Provisional Authority
South-Central Regional Coordinator, Mr. Mike Gfoeller.
Secretary Rumsfeld then met with the
Multinational Division troops at Camp Babylon. He and Polish Major General
Andrzej Tyszkiewicz also participated in a press conference, where they
reinforced the coalition’s commitment to assist the Iraqi people as they step
forward toward self-government.
After the press conference, Secretary
Rumsfeld visited a mass grave site in Al Hilla, where he saw first hand evidence
of the terrible atrocities from the former regime. The Coalition rid Iraq of
Saddam Hussein’s cruel regime, and the Coalition will continue to assist the
Secretary Rumsfeld’s trip stressed that
the Coalition will remain committed to helping Iraq as it progresses towards