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Surge Notes

Posted by Skye |

This is what victory looks like in Iraq:

In 2006, education opportunities improved for Iraqis with 838 of 849 schools completed. Each completed school serves approximately 400 students for a total of 335,200 students nationwide.

Central Baghdad school opens after two months of renovations

BAGHDAD — For the second time in a little more than a month,
the partnership between the Kindi Neighborhood Advisory Council and the Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment’s Company E, has led to another school being opened in the area.

After opening the Waoud Kindergarten in July, the Andalas School, which will serve as a middle and secondary school, was opened Aug 26.

The project, which took nearly two months to complete, was one of the first that Co. E, which is attached to the 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, took on after taking over operations in Kindi in June.

“The project was already started when we got here,” said Co. E commander, Capt. Greg Turner. “The scope of work and the project were already approved, so we just came here four or five times, checked on the work and made sure everything was happening.”

Turner, who is originally from Butler, Pa., said that although the money for the project was provided by 4-9 Cav., it was the efforts of the Kindi NAC members that led to its fruition.

“We provide the funds, but the Iraqi guy that we hired did the design for the school and Iraqi contractors did the work,” he explained. “So besides being the middle man, we’re not responsible for this school. The Iraqis are responsible for what you see here today.”

Bill T notes "the success of the military operation is not in question. The United States Military is performing well under the worst of circumstances politically, and they are stabilizing a situation that would have been uncontrollable 2 years ago. "

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