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May 1, 2004
Release Number: 04-05-01


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


MARINES OFFER MOSQUE REPAIRS, RADIOS TO Al ANBAR; MAKE MEDICAL ASSESSMENT VISIT

AR RAMADI, Iraq - Marines in Ramadi met with the governor of the Al Anbar Province and 51 Imams at the government center to present an offer for Marines to assist in repairs and improvements to mosques.

Lt. Col. Paul J. Kennedy, commanding officer for 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, told the Imams that it was important for elected leaders and peaceful Imams to work closely with Coalition forces for relations to improve. Kennedy reminded the Imams that Marines are trained to respect Islamic culture and mosques. He added that the repair initiative was a token of Coalition goodwill and gratitude.

The mosque repair proposal would fund $1,200 worth of projects for each mosque, employing about 10 people per project, and is slated to last about two weeks.

Marines also took delivery of 1,400 radios to be distributed to the Iraqi people throughout the province. The radio distribution will allow citizens of Al Anbar Province greater access to news, events and public services being offered to them that they might not otherwise know.

Marines also visited the Women's and Children's/Maternity Hospital April 30 to assess the medical needs there. The Marines compiled a list of necessities, some critical to offering safe and effective medical care to Iraqi women and children. Marines are coordinating with a Governorate Support Team health representative and Iraq's Director of Health.

For more information please contact 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs Office, MAJ Johnson at: johnsontv@imefdm.usmc.mil.



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