U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld cannot predict the end of the military campaign against Iraq.
"I cannot say we have reached its zenith," he told a Monday briefing in Washington. "There is difficult and dangerous work ahead," he added.
Rumsfeld said once again that the Iraqi leadership was losing control over the happenings. "The circle is drawing closer," he stressed. According to him, Saddam Hussein is either killed or wounded or hiding.
The head of the Pentagon refused to confirm the discovery of substances in Iraq that could be used to produce chemical weapons, saying he was apprehensive about such statements and preferred to wait for more definitive reports.
Touching on Iraq's future, the defence secretary stressed that government decisions would be left to the Iraqi people. "The USA is not going to establish a government in Iraq," he said. "That would be something like the situation in Afghanistan."