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Edition: Mon, July 25, 2005
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

As Iraqi forces...grow more capable and independent, they gain greater control of North-Central Iraq. We see progress every day by witnessing the cooperation between Iraqi citizens and their security forces. [B]usinesses are operating. Schools are open; children are receiving an education. And Iraqi security forces are providing internal security and are respected more every day. We know that our mission to defend their freedoms here is a vital part of defending our own freedoms. (Transcript)

Maj. Gen. Joseph J. Taluto
Commander, Multinational Division North-Central Iraq and Task Force Liberty

TODAY'S FOCUS

IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION

At the transfer of sovereignty in June 2004, there were just over 200 reconstruction projects started across Iraq. In just over one year, the number of reconstruction projects in progress has jumped to more than 2,600 and 1,450 projects are complete.

Despite violence, security concerns and an ailing infrastructure, progress is being made and being noticed by the Iraqi public. Security improves as reconstruction provides jobs, hope and an improved quality of life for Iraqi citizens.

Men and women in uniform, volunteer civilians, contractors and the Iraqi people are truly making an impact on the reconstruction effort.

The following are projects in which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gulf Region Division is involved.

- Security and Justice
919 projects in border forts, points of entry, military facilities, police facilities, fire facilities, and prisons and courts.

- Public Works and Water
319 planned projects in water treatment, sewer projects and water resource projects.

- Oil
132 projects in restoration, water injection pump stations, plant refurbishing, and dedicated power.

- Buildings, Health and Education
1,110 projects, including schools, primary healthcare centers, hospitals, and public buildings.

- Transportation and Communication
219 projects in village roads, expressways, bridges, airports, ports, railroad stations, and postal facilities.

- Electricity
429 projects, nationwide, in generation, transmission and distribution. Generation plants are being built and transmission lines are being constructed to replace the decades old, neglected electrical power system. A total of over 2,250 megawatts of power have been added to the grid, enough to service more than five million Iraqi homes.

Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gulf Region Division

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