MOSUL, Iraq – Government of Iraq officials recently announced several completed projects in the villages of Khahtaniya, Al-Jazeera, and Qubuc. These projects were designed to assist the residents of these areas in rebuilding efforts following catastrophic vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attacks during August.
The completed projects include:
· A new fresh water well near the Market Area in Khahtaniya
· The completion of rubble removal in all three villages, as well as area preparation for new construction. Rubble is currently being separated into useable and non-usable materials in an effort to aid reconstruction.
· The delivery of two new water trucks to the city of Bi’aj. The water trucks are owned by the mayor and water director for use in their districts.
· A new soccer field in Qubuc that will allow the children to play while rubble removal and other projects are being completed in the area.
· Municipal workers restored electricity and repaired power lines that were damaged by the blast in Khahtaniya and Al Jazeera. Electricity was restored within two days in Qubuc by the Tal’Afar municipal workers.
The village of Qubuc was attacked Aug. 6, killing over 25 Iraqis and injuring over 50 more. Khahtaniya and Al Jazeera were similarly struck Aug. 14, killing over 300 Iraqis and injured more than 700.
The GOI also announced that 320 condolence payments of 2,000,000 Iraqi Dinar each have been completed for the families of those killed in the blasts. Payments of 1,000,000 Iraqi Dinar have been authorized for 225 affected with serious injuries from the blasts and are scheduled to start immediately. (That seems a pretty paltry amount to me) :(
One of the future projects includes 3rd Iraqi Army Division engineers, who will construct a berm around Khahtaniya. Coalition forces agreed to assist with the construction of a similar berm around the neighboring villages of Al Jazeera and Adaneya.
There are also several projects specifically in Qubuc that are awaiting bids by qualified contractors. These include:
· School and Agricultural office refurbishing in Qubuc
· Roof repair in the Agriculturally-owned Grain Building
· Construction of a new fresh water well
“The Government of Iraq is definitely showing a commitment to the Iraqi people in the aftermath of the horrific VBIED attacks that occurred in Nineveh province during August,” said Sgt. 1st Class Diego Sanchez, civil affairs liaison, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. “We are working together with the Iraqi Security Forces to provide relief for everyone who has been affected by these terrorist acts.”