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Monday, February 18, 2008


Did you know that 25 Iraq students departed for the United States in
January 2005 for the reestablished Fulbright program?
Did you know that the Iraqi Navy is operational?! They have 5 -
100-foot patrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry regiment.
Did you know that Iraq's Air Force consists of three operational
squadrons, which includes 9 reconnaissance and 3 US C-130 transport
aircraft (under Iraqi operational control) which operate day and night,
and will soon add 16 UH-1 helicopters and 4 Bell Jet Rangers?
Did you know that Iraq has a counter-terrorist unit and a Commando
Did you know that the Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000 fully
trained and equipped police officers?
Did you know that there are 5 Police Academies in Iraq that produce
over 3500 new officers each 8 weeks?
Did you know there are more than 1100 building projects going on in
Iraq ? They include 364 schools, 67 public clinics, 15 hospitals, 83
railroad stations, 22 oil facilities, 93 water facilities and 69
electrical facilities.
Did you know that 96% of Iraqi children under the age of 5 have
received the first 2 series of polio vaccinations?
Did you know that 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in
primary school by mid October?
Did you know that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in
Iraq and phone use has gone up 158%?
Did you know that Iraq has an independent media that consists of 75
radio stations, 180 newspapers and 10 television stations?
Did you know that 47 countries have reestablished their embassies
in Iraq?
Did you know that the Iraqi government currently employs 1.2
million Iraqi people?
Did you know that 3100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are
under rehabilitation, 263 schools are now under construction and 38 new
schools have been built in Iraq?
Did you know that Iraq's higher educational structure consists of
20 Universities, 46 Institutes or colleges and 4 research centers, all
currently operating?
Did you know that the Baghdad Stock Exchange opened in June of 2004?
Did you know that 2 candidates in the Iraqi presidential election
had a televised debate recently?


Instead of reflecting our love for our country, we get photos of flag
burning incidents at Abu Ghraib and people throwing snowballs at the
presidential motorcades.
The lack of accentuating the positive in Iraq serves two purposes. It is
intended to undermine the world's perception of the United States, thus
minimizing consequential support, and it is intended to discourage
American citizens.

According to my source: Above facts are verifiable on the Department of
Defense web site & Snopes at:

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