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May 3, 2004
Release Number: 04-05-03


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MARINES DELIVER SUPPLIES, BEGIN WORK PROJECTS

AR RAMADI, Iraq - Marines delivered supplies to the 1st Battalion of the Fallujah Brigade Saturday, which is currently being integrated into the mission of providing security and stability in Fallujah. These supplies will enhance the service's ability to function and identify them more readily as a respected and lawful authority.

Marines also negotiated a contract for workers to begin assembling equipment to clean up Fallujah. The clean-up project will ensure a safer environment for Fallujans by clearing debris from the streets and restoring damaged or dilapidated infrastructure.

Soldiers with the 1st Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division, assigned to the 1st Marine Division in Ramadi, met with a group of 12 sheiks and other leaders of the Al Jazirah region. The soldiers initiated $21,000 for a project to repair roads in Khalidiyah. Soldiers also initiated a project to employ municipal maintenance workers. The cost of this project is estimated at $13,800, employing more than 200 custodial workers. This will result in well-maintained municipal and school buildings.

Additionally, Iraqi Civil Defense Corps soldiers who recently began guarding key sites in Khalidiyah discovered one improvised explosive device. They are expected to increase patrols in the Al Jazirah region.

Coalition forces will gradually turn over more security responsibilities in the Al Anbar province to Iraqi Security Forces so that Iraqis may police and govern themselves.

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