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HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
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May 3, 2004
Release Number: 04-05-06


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


MARINES FACILITATE WEAPONS SHIPMENTS TO ICDC, PAY OUT PROJECTS

AR RAMADI, Iraq - Marines oversaw the shipment of more than 100 AK-47 rifles destined for Iraqi Civil Defense Corps soldiers in Fallujah May 2.

Marines are continuing their work to ensure ICDC forces and Iraqi police are equipped and trained for assuming security operations in Fallujah in coordination with the Fallujah Brigade.

Marines near Fallujah met with three contractors to arrange payment for projects completed during the last two weeks. Payment was delayed due to the security situation. Marines paid about $17,000 for renovations for three separate schools.

Marines and Navy Seabees met in Ramadi to finalize plans for renovations to the soccer stadium there. Once these plans are finalized, the contract will be put out for bid. City officials identified the soccer stadium as a key project for improvements for the citizens of Ramadi.

Marines also worked with a contractor in Ramadi to plan for repairs to two schools and a water treatment facility.

The 1st Marine Division is focused on destroying anti-Coalition forces in the Al Anbar province. They plan to establish a patient, persistent presence in key areas throughout the province while supporting the development of competent, trustworthy, Iraqi security forces and conducting civil military operations.

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