Saturday, May 20, 2006

The rebirth of Tall A'far

Photo by Polli Barnes Keller, Gulf Region North, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Roadway crew take a break from their labors rebuilding and repaving the streets and highways of Tall 'Afar, part of an on-going urban renewal project of the Tall 'Afar Reconstruction Committee, the Army Corps of Engineers, and Coalition partners.


The Rebirth of Tall 'Afar
By Polli Barnes Keller
Gulf Region North
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Mosul, Iraq - Many people write letters to the President of the United States. But how many get enough attention to be read into the records of Congress? A letter written by the mayor of Tall ‘Afar, Najim Al-Jibouri, did just that.

Najim’s letter was one of thanks and a plea for continued help with the reconstruction of his city. Tall ‘Afar was a main base of operations for insurgents in northern Iraq. In his letter to Bush, the mayor indicated the insurgents had, “held the city hostage.” Thanks to the U.S. Army’s 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment working with Iraqi forces the city was liberated and reconstruction began. [continue reading]

Category: News, Middle East, and Iraq.
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