Sunday, December 16, 2007

Good News from Iraq: 16 Dec 2007

From MNF-I, Road Repairs Pave Way to Economic Development.

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU — The road to economic prosperity south of Baghdad is being paved by Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

With assistance from the 2nd BCT embedded provincial reconstruction team, local government councils and Iraqi contractors, the task of restoring roads and improving roads damaged by war is in full swing.

“It’s all about … helping the agricultural market in our area,” said Capt. Brian Love, ePRT military liason.

The area, comprised of Arab Jabour, Hawr Rajab, Al Buaytha and Adwaniyah, is mainly agriculturally-based. The improvements, which began in October, will help farmers move their goods quickly to more markets.

“It opens up these rural communities to the main highway to Baghdad,” said 1st Lt. Nicholas Turner, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Troops Battalion, ePRT road repair specialist.

Currently the brigade is focusing on routes between the communities, including those that link Al Buaytha to Arab Jabour and routes from Hawr Rajab to Baghdad.

Read the rest here.