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ICC Renews Call for Military
Withdrawal in Iraq
RIVER FOREST, IL [01/09/06]--After one of the most violent weeks in Iraq with 120 deaths, The Iraq Coordinating Committee (ICC) has renewed its call for peace urging President George W. Bush to move ahead with a withdrawal of US military forces in Iraq.

The North American justice promoters are planning legislative visits across the country to push for congressional support of military withdrawal. The ICC statement boosts their efforts advocating for peace in Iraq.

In making the statement, North American Justice Co-promoter, Sr. Dusty Farnan (Adrian) said, "The government elections and the ensuing violence in Iraq has prompted us to communicate what we hope for Iraq at this time. It is critical that US Dominicans continue to call the US government to accountability and assure our Dominican brothers and sisters in Iraq that we are still praying and advocating on behalf of Iraq."

As CNN recently reported, "Bush has been emphasizing progress in Iraq after the December elections to an American public that has shown increasing discontent with the war in which more than 2,100 U.S. troops and thousands of Iraqis have died."

The ICC has been in regular contact with Dominicans in Iraq who report that very little has improved in the country's infrastructure or safety. The group called on the Bush administration to collaborate with the United Nations and international community on "issues of national security, humanitarian aid, and reconstruction of the country."

The position also noted that "we remain concerned about the protection of the rights of women and religious minorities in Iraq."

As Americans begin to tire of the conflict and question the reasons for remaining in Iraq, new urgency is being felt to seriously draw down US and coalition forces.
President Bush continues to insist that no timeline will be projected for troop withdrawal.

The ICC continues to monitor the loss of life in Iraq through its webpage that posts the number of US and coalition forces that are killed or wounded, along with the continuing tally of Iraqi deaths.

The Iraq Coordinating Committee is a collaborative effort of the Dominican Leadership Conference and the North American Promoters of Justice, Peace and Care of Creation.

Download a Word document version of the ICC statement.

Click here for Spanish translation

Iraq Coordinating Committee Updated Position on Iraq

In light of the recent election and the establishment of a permanent government in Iraq, aware of the on-going violence suffered by the Iraqi people, and in view of the recent statements by President George W. Bush about the presence of US and coalition military forces in the country, the Iraq Coordinating Committee (ICC) has adopted the following position on the situation in Iraq.

We, the ICC, continue to hold President Bush and the United States Congress accountable for the ongoing killing of members of the military forces and of innocent Iraqi civilians. We urge President Bush to withdraw US military forces from Iraq and yield authority to the Iraqi people, their police and military forces at the earliest possible moment. Furthermore, we urge the President and the Congress, to withdraw US military bases that have been established and to meet their moral and financial obligations to rebuild the country.

We strongly recommend that the U.S. government collaborate with the United Nations and the International Community to work with the Iraqi government on issues of national security, humanitarian aid, and reconstruction of the country. We continue to urge the UN and the Iraqi government to protect the rights of women and religious minorities.

We call on the North American Dominicans to continue their support of our Dominican Family and the people in Iraq as they seek to rebuild their country. More than ever, the conflict in Iraq needs our prayers. We encourage the continued prayers of the Dominican Family for all those involved in this conflict: our brothers and sisters; the people of Iraq; the US occupying forces, Iraqi and international troops; the humanitarian workers; and the political leaders of the US and Iraq.

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