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May 12, 2004
Release Number: 04-05-22


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


IMPROVEMENTS ON TAP FOR FALLUJAH, AL KHARMA

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - Marines will soon start the Fallujah Outreach Center Project designed to train and employ more than 80 young Iraqis in such trades as plumbing, electrical work and construction work.

The center will be built north of the Fallujah Liaison Team building using materials and equipment from local businesses and vendors.

Employment for Fallujans continues to climb. Since the end of offensive operations, 1,700 Iraqis are employed in the Fallujah Brigade and another 138 are employed in locally contracted projects. Projects yet to be started will boost that number by another 205.

Marines also attended the Al Kharma City meeting. Visits were put on hold during offensive operations last month. Marines paid the Al Kharma youth director $10,000 to start construction on the Al Kharma Youth Center.

The Al Kharma sanitation director said improvements to the city's sanitation system would begin May 12. Additionally, the city's water director would submit bids May 12 for a project to bring potable water to seven outlying villages.

The 1st Marine Division is focused on destroying anti-Coalition Forces in the Al Anbar province while establishing a patient, persistent presence in the key areas throughout the province. Marines will support the development of competent, trustworthy, Iraqi Security Forces and conduct civil military operations.

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