Top U.S. administrator in Iraq vows to bring back security
US forces are working hard to improve security in Baghdad, and 300 criminals have been arrested around the country this week, the new U.S. civilian administrator said Thursday. L. Paul Bremer, in his first news conference as the top civilian official of the U.S. occupation administration, said 92 people were arrested in Baghdad alone on Wednesday.
"It is my responsibility as the administrator of the coalition provisional authority ... to bring security back to Iraq," Bremer said.
He also said he would issue an order in coming days to root out remnants of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party "from Iraq forever." "In the short time I've been here, I've seen the depravity and evil of the Baath regime," he said. "There is a serious law-and-order problem."
Bremer said jails have been reopened and two courts have been re-established to deal with criminals arrested in recent weeks. (Albawaba.com)
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