Successes this week in Iraq (19-25 Aug., 2005)
Coalition forces turned over
The 5th Infantry Battalion of the Bulgarian Army trained Iraqi Army Soldiers in engineering and medical responses, and held a live-fire exercise this week. Medics from the Bulgarian contingent also provided regular assistance to local citizens who needed medical treatment.
Ukrainian military advisers and instructors completed training for the 3rd Battalion of 3rd Infantry Brigade of the Iraqi Army, which will take control from the Ukrainians in the
A new Salvadoran contingent started its duty in the central-south region of
Early this week, workers completed rehabilitation of the domestic water network in Sulaymaniyah. This project is to rehabilitate the potable water system, intended to improve the efficiency of the system there by 20 percent. The Maissa potable water system, a $21,000 project in
Approximately 25,000 Iraqis in the Dahuk,
Construction has restarted on
Construction also started on two new police station projects in Fallujah and one in
The Al Khider Police Station construction project in Muthanna Province provided new perimeter walls, replaced roof systems, installed a 528-gallon water tank and piping for potable water storage, and restored electrical and masonry work to the existing police station in Al Khider.
Phase III of the $10 million Najaf Teaching Hospital project began this week with a symbolic “ground-breaking” ceremony on the second floor of the hospital. This phase of the project includes civil, mechanical, electrical and plumbing rehabilitation throughout the facility. The contract also includes a physicians' residence building, sewer treatment plant, a morgue, storage and garages, and remodeling of the main entrance to the hospital.
Five hundred children in a community west of
Six school construction and renovation projects were started this week, while two others in
Coalition forces rescued a hostage being held by terrorists, captured the kidnappers, and seized weapons from a terrorist safe-house during a cordon-and-search operation Aug. 18 in the Muthana Zayuna district of central
Iraqi security forces were busy as well, discovering two improvised explosive devices while on patrol in Mugdadiyah. An Iraqi explosive ordnance disposal team disarmed the device and removed it for later destruction, making the area safe.
Iraqi Army Soldiers, manning a traffic control point, detained one anti-Iraq force member after searching a vehicle in
Iraqi Department of Border Enforcement officers and Coalition forces interdicted a small group of smugglers and a large mule train crossing the Syrian border northwest of Tal Afar on Aug. 19 when they discovered five or six men leading over 200 mules carrying fuel pods into
Iraqi citizens continued to augment security forces this week by providing information about insurgent activity. Iraqi Police Service officers on patrol received a tip from a local citizen concerning a suspected weapons cache in the Zohour District of Baghdad. Police uncovered 68 mortar rounds buried in a field. The munitions were transported to Boob Al Sham Police Station. This was the second significant cache find in the same area in two days – 32 mortar rounds were discovered Aug. 21.
Coalition Soldiers seized an opportunity to help Iraqis who had been injured in a head-on traffic accident near Tuz while returning from a combat patrol. The Soldiers provided first aid until an Iraqi ambulance arrived to transport the victims to a hospital.
As part of a Coalition and Iraqi stability-and-support operation, several truckloads of humanitarian assistance rolled out from a forward operating base in southern Baghdad to provide Horajeb residents with basic food items, medical supplies, and recreational items Aug. 17. Toys and soccer balls were donated by friends and family members of the U.S. forces.
The mayor of Muqdadiyah, Coalition forces and Iraqi Soldiers delivered critical medical supplies to the Muqdadiyah Women and Children's Hospital.
Since the beginning of their mission in Iraq, Ukrainian forces have given medical aid to approximately three thousand Iraqis. Locals from the Wassit Province are treated for routine injuries on the spot, or taken to the medical contingent's hospital.
Coalition medics helped train the Iraqi Army in combat medical skills this week. Class enrollment tripled since the unit first offered the training. Other forward operating bases throughout the Baghdad area are scheduling combat medic courses to assist in increasing the survivability of the Iraqi Army as they assume responsibility for their own security.
In the Combat Leaders Course at the Diyala Regional Training Facility, Coalition Soldiers worked with their Iraqi counterparts to train soldiers from the Iraqi Army's 5th Division to be better battlefield leaders. Training during the 14-day course builds on the Iraqi soldiers' basic military knowledge and skills. Most of the instruction is performed by Iraqi cadre, and Coalition Soldiers are more supervisors, observing and instructing when needed.
The development of Iraqi Security forces is cultivating a more secure environment for Iraqis, and through help from many Coalition partners and Iraqi citizens, Iraq is progressing toward a stable and prosperous country.
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