Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Iraqis clamor for power - to watch TVelectrical -

Photo: Soldiers from Fort Carson and Fort Bragg in North Carolina toured the Adhamiya district of Baghdad on Monday. Restoring electricity is a high priority for residents, but the 3rd Brigade Combat Team is avoiding quick fixes.

"BAGHDAD - The electrical wires near the street tangle like multicolored spaghetti to power homes in Adhamiya, a north Baghdad neighborhood that Fort Carson soldiers will soon control.

Starting in March, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s headquarters will move to a walled compound here as the brigade moves its forces deeper into the city. Eventually, the 3,600-soldier unit will have responsibility for a wide swath of the city from the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City east to the Tigris River.

Monday, commanders toured the streets with a Fort Bragg, N.C., unit that now falls under the brigade’s command. They found signs of hope amid deeper challenges that brigade commander Col. John Hort says will tax his soldiers. "

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