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April 26, 2004
Release Number: 04-04-25


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$300K TARGETED FOR EAST BAGHDAD NEIGHBORHOODS

AL THAWRA DISTRICT, Baghdad, Iraq - More than $300,000 will be pumped into eastern Baghdad neighborhoods, as a variety of coalition civil affairs projects get under way.

"This past week, the Coalition committed more than $300,000 to projects ranging from trash and debris [removal] to [the] publication of [an] English/Arabic newspaper, and renovations of an Iraqi middle school," said Capt. Brian Donnelly, a civil affairs advisor for units in Eastern Baghdad.

These projects will continue, he said, and as more money begins to stabilize the economy, more projects will be turned over to the Iraqi people. Improvements to marketplaces and other business areas are planned. Modernization of Iraqi municipal systems, such as sewage and roadways, is also a priority for civil affairs.

"We continually assess the needs of the Iraqi people through the Neighborhood Advisory Councils and work to match their needs with available local resources," Donnelly said. "There is an abundant supply of quality labor. The majority of our projects are designed to employ that work force. It allows Iraqis to make Iraq better for themselves, and gives them pride in their accomplishments."

Coalition forces will continue to provide for a safe and secure Iraq, to ensure these projects aren't slowed by criminal or terrorists' acts, Donnelly said.

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