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HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
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May 14, 2004
Release Number: 04-05-38


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


MARINES CONTINUE COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE DESPITE TERRORIST ATTACKS

AL ANBAR PROVINCE, Iraq - In spite of recent insurgent attacks, U.S. Marines are continuing their support of communities here.

An area of highway settlements near Al Kharma was attacked with rockets after U.S. Marines met with local residents. The Marines had passed out copies of Freedom Magazine, a Coalition-published Arabic-language magazine, and coloring books for children.

The Marines plan to return to the villages to offer money to help residents repair the damage.

In Ar Ramadi, Marine Civil Affairs checked on the progress of renovations at the Amel Shaabi and Ahzem schools.

Civil Affairs teams also met with Ar Ramadi city government officials to discuss a proposal for Marine help in establishing five garbage companies.

Individuals from five separate city districts were identified as possible new managers. Each company would employ roughly 60 Iraqis in jobs ranging from workers and foremen, to accountants - affecting nearly 300 families in all.

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