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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Some facts about Iraq

There's too much in the newspapers which reflect that the war in Iraq is going badly by showing all the death and destruction and very little of the positive things that are happening. The following came in an e-mail from a friend that I know checks out facts before passing them on. I wonder how many people are unaware of the following facts:

Did you know? I didn't know! How could we?

Did you know that: 47 countries have re-established their embassies in Iraq; that the Iraqi government currently employs 1.2 million Iraqi people; 3,100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are under rehabilitation, 263 new schools are now under construction and 38 new schools have been completed in Iraq; Iraq's higher educational structure consists of 20 universities, 46 institutes or colleges and 4 research centers, all currently operating; that 25 Iraq students departed for the United States in January 2005 for the re-established Fulbright program; that the Iraqi Navy is operational and that they have five 100-foot patrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry regiment; that Iraq's Air Force consists of three operational squadrons, which includes nine reconnaissance and three U.S. C-130 transport aircraft (under Iraqi operational control) which operate day and night, and will soon add 16 UH-1 helicopters and four Bell Jet Rangers; that Iraq has a counter-terrorist unit and a Commando Battalion; that the Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000 fully trained and equipped police officers; that there are five Police Academies in Iraq that produce over 3,500 new officers every eight weeks; there are more than 1,100 building projects going on in Iraq and that they include 364 schools, 67 public clinics, 15 hospitals, 83 railroad stations, 22 oil facilities, 93 water facilities and 69 electrical facilities; that 96 percent of Iraqi children under the age of five have received the first two series of polio vaccinations; that 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary school by mid October; that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in Iraq and phone use has gone up 158 percent; that Iraq has an independent media that consists of 75 radio stations, 180 newspapers and 10 television stations; that the Baghdad Stock Exchange opened in June of 2004; that two candidates in the Iraqi presidential election had a televised debate recently?

Molly Welch

Cherokee Village

Above facts are verifiable on the Department of Defense Web site.

Reader searches for Billingsley descendants

Maybe you could help locate this family? I received this message and didn't know what to do. Then I thought of the local newspaper.

I have a post on the Sharp County Web page.

Thank you for any help,

Gary Wiles

Sharp County Web Page Coordinator


From: MTURVEY@aol.com

Dear Gary:

I would appreciate anything you can do to help find the family (descendants) of Ernest Billingsley, Hardy, Ark., who died while building the Alaskan Highway Jan. 22, 1942.

The reason I would like to contact the family is to invite them to a Memorial Dedication Service in honor of the men who died while building the highway. The ceremony will be held on May 12, 2008, and sponsored by the Fort St. John, British Columbia Historical Society.

Thank you,