Originally created 01/04/06

There's good news in Iraq, too



Instead of gloom and doom, how about some good news about Iraq? Such as:

The Iraqi government currently employs 1.2 million of its people; 3,100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are being renovated, 263 schools are under construction, and 38 schools have been built; Iraq's higher education program consists of 20 universities, 46 institutes or colleges and four research centers; 25 Iraqi students are in the United States participating in the re-established Fulbright program.

The Iraqi navy has five 100-foot patrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry regiment. Iraq's air force is operating three squadrons which include nine reconnaissance and three U.S. C-130 transport aircraft that run day and night, and they will soon add 16 UH-1 helicopters and four Bell Jet Rangers.

Iraq has a counter-terrorist unit and a commando battalion. The Iraqi police force has over 55,000 fully trained and equipped police officers. There are five police academies that produce 3,500 new officers every eight weeks.

There are more than 1,100 building projects under way in Iraq, including the schools listed above plus 67 public clinics, 15 hospitals, 83 railroad stations, 22 oil facilities, 93 water facilities and 69 electrical facilities.

This information can be verified on the U.S. Department of Defense Web site.

Benjamin P. Rouse Jr., Aiken, S.C.