Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Good News from Iraq: 9 Sept 2008

From MNF-I, Fallujah Paves Path for Commerce.

FALLUJAH — Coalition forces and the Fallujah City Council are overseeing a road construction project to better facilitate commercial truckers entering the city.

Civil Affairs Team 2, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines, in direct support of 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, and the FCC are three weeks into repaving the route through Entry Control Point 1A, a checkpoint on the outskirts of Fallujah designed to safeguard the commercial truck entrance into the city.

“[The previous route] became a deterrent for people bringing all the commerce into the city,” said Staff Sgt. Aaron Colling, team chief, Civil Affairs Team 2, who is responsible for the reconstruction project assessment and tracking its progress.

Colling said the new road is a straight shot, improved from the old route that was winding, torn up with potholes and filled with bumps and debris. Improving the road’s structural integrity also prevents insurgents from using it as a means of attacking local nationals.

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