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Release A050913g

Operation Restoring Rights continues in Tall Afar

Multi-National Force-Iraq

TALL AFAR, Iraq – In the last 24 hours, the Iraqi Army's 3rd Division and U.S. Army's 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment have continued Operation Restoring Rights in Tall Afar. The objectives are remaining pockets of terrorist resistance in the area.

That phase of the operation has resulted in the deaths of several terrorists, capture of 79 suspected terrorists, and the discovery of nine weapon caches. Since the operation began, there have been dozens of terrorists killed, 341 detained and 22 weapons caches found.

“Their goal is to deny Iraqi citizens the right to choose their future, vote on the constitution referendum and hold democratic elections. The solidarity between national, provincial, local leaders and the predominant use of Iraqi security forces show they are committed to protecting their citizens and driving Al Qaida from Iraq," said Col. Brian Stephenson, chief of operations for Multi-national Corps - Iraq.

Short-term potable water needs are being provided by tanker trucks, portable water tanks and water cans distributed throughout the city, while engineers and national agencies pursue a permanent upgrade to Tall Afar's water supply and distribution system.

The Iraqi government is currently discussing funding to rebuild Tall Afar. To date, the U.S. has already approved $5 million to help rebuild the infrastructure of the city, with more than $3 million in additional funds already requested.

More than $730,000 is earmarked for transformers, wiring and other electrical infrastructure repairs, and two electrical lift trucks are standing by to aid in repairs to the electrical grid.




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