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September 3, 2004
Release Number: 04-09-04


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IRAQI ARMY OPENS $165 MILLION BASE AT AN NUMANIYAH

AN NUMANIYAH, Iraq - The Iraqi flag was raised over the newly refurbished and rebuilt forward training base Sept. 1 in a base opening ceremony on the station's parade grounds, signaling an end to the roughly $165 million Coalition project.

The opening coincides with the arrival of the Iraqi Intervention Force's 3rd Battalion recruits who join two other battalions currently training at the base. An Numaniyah will serve as the Iraqi army's 2nd Brigade headquarters. The base is a step toward rebuilding the nation said the 5th Division commander.

Since renovation began early this year Coalition efforts have included work on existing buildings - mostly shells without windows, electricity, and septic systems - and also the addition of new structures, sewers, electricity, air conditioning, security and various other projects on the base.

Located roughly 90 miles southeast of Baghdad, in the Wasit Province, the base was formerly a project under construction by Yugoslavian contractors for the former regime. It will now operate as a training base for new recruits and serve as the home station for three battalions of the Iraqi Intervention Force - the Iraqi army's counterinsurgency wing.

In addition to serving as a much needed training base for the Iraqi armed forces, the base employs roughly 2,000 workers from surrounding areas in the province. Local citizens have been in on the project from the ground up, helping or employed in many critical aspects including school construction and refurbishments, medical assistance and water projects.

Joining bases in Al Kasik, Kirkuk, Taji, and Kurkush, An Numaniyah may also include base housing for soldiers' families to join personnel serving at the post. Two base dining facilities will be complete in the coming months as well with the capacity to feed roughly 3,000 soldiers each.

An Iraqi Police Services regiment is also slated to commence special military operations in urban terrain training - counterinsurgency instruction - with the arrival of a large officer class sometime toward the end of September.

There are about 2,500 garrisoned and training soldiers at An Numaniyah.



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