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Now for some news...
Reducing the unemployment in towns like Falujah where upwards of 60 to 70 percent of the population is jobless is also high on the general's list. "What we have to do is create jobs so the Iraqis have legitimate work to do that they get paid for, as opposed to being available for some former regime loyalists who get them to carry out attack on Americans," he said.More below:
Swannack said there have been almost 9,000 jobs new jobs in the Al Anbar province in the last two months. This includes putting Iraqis back to work at a brick factory as well as those who have joined security forces.
The general said there are many ammunition supply points throughout the province. Six hundred Iraqis and 100 trucks from the Al Anbar truckers union have been hired to collect these munitions. Also, "we're trying to sign a contract with the truckers to transport supplies throughout the battle space," he said.
There are also jobs through construction and restoration. This includes restoring 315 of 700 mosques in the area, and improving sewer systems, schools and health clinics.
The 82nd began work on the mosques prior to the holy month of Ramadan as a way to show the community its desire to help. Renovating and refurbishing the mosques was one way that the Coalition Forces in the area could make a positive impact during Ramadan.Don't forget about Afghanistan.
The work on the mosques is supervised by Imam Kalid Sulliman, Al Anbar Imam Council Chairman and member of the Provincial Council. Imam Sulliman, along with a committee of engineers and other religious leaders, is responsible for ensuring that funds are distributed and that work is completed on the mosques in the area.
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