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JCC hosts town council meeting By Multi National Force - West PAO Apr 13, 2007 - 3:56:00 PM Blackanthem Military News, RAMADI, Iraq – Sheiks and Ramadi city officials met for the first time in years for a town council meeting at the Joint Command Center here April 11. The meeting, which brought together Ramadi district council members from the Shamiya, Jazeera, Western Ramadi, Sofia and Julayba districts, was conducted to begin the process of cleaning and rebuilding the city after years of terrorist violence. “This meeting is vital to get all the councils together in the city to establish security and reconstruction projects for the people of Ramadi,” said Ramadi Mayor Latif Iyada. He said that now with all the council members seeing one another at the meeting, the big projects can begin. “Now we can start laying the groundwork for rebuilding the damaged A council member discusses city issues with Ramadi Mayor infrastructure in Ramadi, getting cooperation between all the security Latif Iyada during the town council meeting at the Joint Command Center in Ramadi April 11 (Photo by Spc. Ricardo elements in the city and all the councils,” Iyada said. Branch 1st BCT Public Affairs). During the meeting, the council discussed sewage and road repair, security measures, and reestablishing public services, such as schools, courts and water. “I’m very optimistic,” Iyada said. “The councils are made up of members who fought terrorists, and we’re all enthusiastic to get everything going.” Sheik Jasim Muhamed, a member from the Salih Albu Sonda council, said he and the council members are ready to help make the matters discussed in the meeting a reality for the people. “We want to build a brighter future for our citizens here,” he said. “Our country has been destroyed since the 1980s – until now.” He said that now, with security established, the big steps of getting services back for the people will begin. “Hopefully we can bring the smiles back to the children’s faces and reinvigorate the city,” Muhamed said. “We all want Ramadi to be a beautiful city again and make what we discussed today come true for the future.” Towards the end of the meeting, Col. John Charlton, 1st Brigade Combat Team commander, looked at the gathered council members and said, “All of us here have helped in taking a huge step forward in bringing security and stability to the people of Ramadi.” Email this article Printer friendly page
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He added, “Now we’re going to focus more on the reconstruction in Ramadi. There are many challenges here, and it will take time, but I assure you, we’ll work hand-in-hand with you in getting it done.” ADDITIONAL PHOTOS:

Col. John Charlton, 1st Brigade Combat Team commander, gets up and speaks to the gathered officials during the town council meeting at the Joint Command Center in Ramadi April 11 (Photo by Spc. Ricardo Branch 1st BCT Public Affairs).

Council members listen during the town council meeting at the Joint Command Center in Ramadi April 11 (Photo by Spc. Ricardo Branch 1st BCT Public Affairs).

The council discusses cleaning and rebuilding efforts for the people of Ramadi during the town council meeting at the Joint Command Center in Ramadi April 11 (Photo by Spc. Ricardo Branch 1st BCT Public Affairs).

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