Good News Out Of Iraq, Part V


A little something you won’t find in the MSM:

MOSUL, Iraq, Oct. 12, 2005 ? School days are here and Sulayminyah school renovations are nearing completion.

Seven out of ten schools renovated in the Sulayminyah district are complete. The other three are ninety percent finished and will be ready for business by Oct. 15. The $354.441 million projects will benefit 6,000 students and employ 325 local teachers and headmasters from this northern Iraq province thus protecting the future advancement of its children.

The Sulayminyah Province, Ministry of Education, along with the U.S. Corps of Engineers Sulayminyah resident office are working together to complete the Sulaymaniyah School Renovations Project in order to provide better facilities.

The school renovations began in August and included plaster repair and painting the interior and exterior of the buildings. Upgrades were made to the electrical, water supply and bathrooms. Workers repaired many of the schools’ fences and gates, as well as replaced or repaired classrooms’ doors.

Ceiling fans and window screens were installed, as well as, new playground equipment installed on existing playgrounds and new playgrounds added where there were none. Drinking fountains and ceramic tile floors were also added to these facilities. The schools not yet complete will have new septic systems and playgrounds completed and should be finished by Oct. 15.

According to David Crumpton, U.S. Corps of Engineers Sulaymaniyah resident office engineer, “I have received so many compliments on the work at the schools by the teachers and the staff. They all appreciate so much the investment that the U.S. has put into the schools in this area. Not only have the children received a nice facility to learn in, but the staff is much happier with a nice place to work and teach the children.”

The Sulaymaniyah resident office, currently has 78 projects in process, including construction and renovation of several primary and secondary schools, clinics, and electrical substations.

A good find

CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, AR RAMADI, Iraq — U.S. Army Soldiers conducting a cordon and search operation near Anah , approximately 300 km northwest of Baghdad, discovered one of the largest munitions caches to date in western Al Anbar Province yesterday.

The Soldiers from 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, assigned to Regimental Combat Team-2, were searching a car bomb factory that was destroyed by Coalition air strikes recently, when they noticed freshly moved dirt. A twenty-foot storage container was uncovered after several minutes of digging.

More than 1,000 122 mm artillery rounds were discovered, along with approximately 40,000 armor piercing bullets, 1,000 .50 caliber rounds, detonation cord and various bomb-making materials.

After the cache site was destroyed, more munitions were found buried nearby. Explosive ordnance specialists are supervising the removal and destruction of these munitions, which are typically used to make roadside bombs that injure and kill innocent Iraqi civilians and military personnel.

This latest cache is the 26th cache found in the last week by 2nd Marine Division forces conducting counter-insurgency operations in the Al Anbar Province.

Bill Roggio wrote about the above find while updating us on Operation River Gate:

While the news from the fighting along the Euphrates River has been sparse of late, the Coalition continues to conduct operations in western Anbar. At this point in time, Operation River Gate mainly consists of targeted raids and searches for insurgent infrastructure such as weapons factories and ammunition dump. There have been twenty six caches of weapons uncovered since River Gate began. The latest find in the town of Anah (near Rawah) was enormous, and the discovery lead to further finds nearby.

The effort required to create this storage dump and move the material to the location cannot be underestimated. The quantity of munitions captured is staggering. Hundreds of IEDs could be assembled with the artillery rounds alone, and the armor piercing rounds, in the hands of insurgent snipers, pose a specific threat to U.S. Marines and soldiers as they can negate the life protecting body armor worn by the servicemen. The insurgency has limited resources, and the denial of the Euphrates River basin as a base of operations will, over time, impact the insurgency’s ability to effectively conduct attacks on Coalition forces and the Iraqi people.


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