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June 5, 2003
Release Number: 03-06-15


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


COALITION EFFORTS AID IRAQ'S RECOVERY (June 5, 2003)

CAMP DOHA, Kuwait - Coalition Forces continue to assist in developing a safer and more secure environment in Iraq through the following activities.

NORTHERN AND CENTRAL IRAQ

Coalition Forces recently
- Conducted the 10th "Task Force Neighborhood" mission in the Al Rashid District of Baghdad, with the assistance of 50 hired Iraqis, which:
-- Repaired four doors in the Al Shafek Middle School for girls.
-- Rewired and connected electrical power to the district council building.
-- Hauled away 280 tons of rubble from behind the District Counsel Building.
-- Treated three Iraqis for minor ailments and provided information for further care.
-- Provided dental treatment to 39 patients along with a local dentist who also helped with translation.
-- Removed 11 rocket-propelled grenade rounds from a market place, ammunition and weapons from two other sites, and verified clearance of a reported cache near a school.
-- Conducted the 11th Task Force Neighborhood clean-up mission at a school in Mosul, which:
-- Hired four civilian dump trucks to supplement US military assets.
-- Purchased $2,500 in parts and supplies for the Mosul Olympic pool with repairs estimated to be complete by June 6.
-- Completed graffiti removal in the University area.
-- Distributed 5.5 million liters of benzene in Baghdad, exceeding the pre-war high of 5.2 million.
-- Received 167 benzene and 52 propane trucks from Turkey in Mosul.
-- Continued $40 emergency payments to pensioners in the greater Mosul area.
-- Distributed $1,248,660 to banks and post offices in Northern Iraq for pension payments yesterday.
-- Distributed $263,960 to post offices for social care and social security payments starting June 5.
-- Reported that the World Food Program distributed 150 metric tons of wheat to food agents in Northern Iraq, and began distribution of sugar, detergent, soap, and tea today.

- Hosted the Mayor of Mosul in the Sununi area to discus elections, legitimate local authority and harvest issues.
- Participated in the second Tuz city council meeting to discuss local sanitation, city sewage and fuel resupply.
- Continued to conduct "Team Neighborhood" missions in Baqubah which collected trash, conducted area beautification and assessed needed repairs to local schools.
- Met with Al Qaim area sheikhs and Iraqi National Congress representative to discuss the formation of a city council and restoration of basic services.
- Helped Iraqi engineers complete repairs of dams north of Ar Ramadi.
- Transported and consolidated 70 truckloads (over 6,800 tons) of captured Iraqi munitions outside of Baghdad.
- Destroyed 39 tons of captured Iraqi ammunition in Baghdad.
- Facilitated a 238-truck World Food Program convoy (5,449 metric tons) from Turkey to deliver food to Dohuk, Mosul, Erbil and Sulaymaniwah.
- Facilitated a 298-truck World Food Program convoy from Jordan to deliver food to Baghdad, Babil, Diyala, Wasit and Dohuk.
- Reported that 50 trucks from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia resupplied their field hospital in Baghdad.

SOUTHERN IRAQ

AN NASARIYAH
- Assisted the Red Crescent in the planning for the repair and upgrade of the water pumping stations in Ash Shatrah.
- Paid former Iraqi army members a one-time payment of 70,000 dinars each.
- Assisted in the removal of four low lift pumps from an obsolete irrigation pumping station to use for future rehabilitation projects at other locations.
- Attended the first all-governate meeting of the An Nasiriyah City Council and town councils of Suk Ash Shuyukh, As Sahtra, Ar Rifa, and Al Cubaiyish. This is a major step forward in improving the responsibility, accountability and inclusiveness of the government structure in Thi Qar.

AL KUT
- Reported two Marine Corps staff non-commissioned officer rescued two young boys from drowning in the Tigris river by throwing a cargo strap to them and pulling them out.
- Report that Al Kut is now receiving 10 tons of Iraqi propane per day.

AN NAJAF
- Granted $500 each to 18 schools for repairs.
- Reported that the election committee met to draft the election timeline proposal.

AL HILLAH
- Continued discussions with civic and religious leaders for the establishment of a city council that provides a system of checks and balances within the local government.
- Coordinated the third day of the civil servant salary payments. The team paid the municipal services, education, police and communications departments.

AL HILLAH
- Report that construction work at the Hammurabi, Al Jannan and Mahawil fire stations is progressing well.
- Received a total of 17 boxes of medical supplies for distribution to the International Dispensary Association.
- Completed the first draft of the Babylon City Council bylaws.
- Received initial funding to begin the sewage aeration tank clean up.

AS SAMAWAH
- Reported funding was approved for basic repairs to the police facilities.
Started to replace windows at the Samawah General Hospital.
- Transferred funds to the municipal department to support their caretakers and associated vehicles.
- Met with the advisory council and reviewed the names that they recommended to create a reformed city council.

AD DIWANIYAH
- Coordinated the Coalition Provisional Authority stipend payment of $20 each to 800 traffic and city policemen in the governate.
- Reported the banks received 4.8 billion dinars to use for civil service salary payments.
- Have assisted in completing assessments of five of the nine fire stations in the Ad-Diwaniyah province, and have started initial assessments of rescue vehicles and equipment.
- Completed questioning of 188 teachers and headmasters about possible Ba'ath party affiliation and participation.
- Coordinated a dedication ceremony at the Developmental Secondary School.

KARBALA
- Received a benzene gasoline shipment, which is a four-day supply for the city.
- Met with representatives from Bechtel to discus infrastructure projects at the hospital and sewage treatment plant.

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