I posted a few days ago that the Resistance and citizens of Anbar province had risen up against the oppressive Salafi Terrorists using their lands as a base of operation for Al-Qaeda in Iraq and others similar.
Now there is an official decleration from the militia's themselves, a virtual decleration of war and the Al-Qaeda men are on their toes sprinting as far and wide as possible. This time the enemy chasing down Al-Qaeda actually knows where they are who they are and what their capacity for retaliation is.
By Bye Al-Qaeda, Iraqi's again do what the US army couldn't manage. (see Iraq The Model's post: http://iraqthemodel.blogspot.com/2006/01/iraq-needs-months-to-form-new.html
Oh and speaking of Iraqi's doing exactly what the US couldn't manage, go read this post from Riverbend, it is a good lesson in Iraqi pride & culture: " A Tribute to Iraqi Ingenuity...
According to reports and statistics made by the “Iraqi Reconstruction Bureau” and the ministries involved in reconstruction, prior to the 2003 war/occupation, the following damage was done through 42 days of continuous bombing, and various acts of vandalism:
Schools and scholastic facilities – 3960
Universities, labs, dormitories – 40
Health facilities (including hospitals, clinics, medical warehouses) – 421
Telephone operators, communication towers, etc. – 475
Bridges, buildings, housing complexes – 260
Warehouses, shopping centers, grain silos – 251
Churches and mosques – 159
Dams, water pumping stations, agricultural facilities – 200
Petroleum facilities (including refineries) – 145
General services (shelters, sewage treatment plants, municipalities) - 830
Factories, mines, industrial facilities - 120
Immediately after the war, various ministries were brought together to do the reconstruction work. The focus was on the infrastructure- to bring back the refineries, electricity, water, bridges, and telecommunications.
The task was a daunting one because so many of Iraq’s major infrastructure projects and buildings had been designed and built by foreign contractors from all over the world including French, German, Chinese and Japanese companies. The foreign expertise was unavailable after 1991 due to the war and embargo and Iraqi engineers and technicians found themselves facing the devastation of the Gulf War all alone with limited supplies.
Two years and approximately 8 billion Iraqi dinars later, nearly 90% of the damage had been repaired. It took an estimated 6,000 engineers (all Iraqi), 42,000 technicians, and 12,000 administrators, but bridges were soon up again, telephones were more or less functioning in most areas, refineries were working, water was running and electricity wasn’t back 100%, but it was certainly better than it is today. Within the first two years over 100 small and large bridges had been reconstructed, 16 refineries, over 50 factories and industrial compounds, etc.
Now, nearly three years after this war, the buildings are still piles of debris. Electricity is terrible. Water is cut off for days at a time. Telephone lines come and go. Oil production isn’t even at pre-war levels… and Iraqis hear about the billions upon billions that come and go. A billion here for security… Five hundred million there for the infrastructure… Millions for voting… Iraq falling into deeper debt… Engineers without jobs simply because they are not a part of this political party or that religious group… And the country still in shambles.
Iraqi's really know how to get the job done. They want you to dissapear, you disappear, they want you dead, you die- they want you looked after, your waited on hand and foot. They want something fixed, they make it better than before.