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By Yasser Alaskary
October 6, 2003

  • An end to the security problem continues to be sought as Iraqi police are sent to Jordan for training. Security is proving to be the biggest challenge post-Saddam since unlike most other sectors, such as health or education, the security system needs to be completely destroyed and rebuilt as its function during Saddam's regime was to provide security for one man in opposition to an entire nation, whereas now it must be geared to providing security for the entire population.

  • While more police need to be trained so that the retraining process is accelerated, it should not be an option to involve countries such as Jordan who have a terrible human rights record, and when training in Iraq could be done at a fraction of the price. Only after there are significant numbers of new Iraqi police can plans like Chalabi's, which calls for the US to withdraw to the outskirts of cities and hand over control to Iraqis, be considered.

  • Bush's $87 billion has been Okayed by a Senate committee, with $20 billion going into the reconstruction of Iraq. However, a new study suggests $55 billion will be required to complete the job. Many US companies are lobbying their government in a bid to win contracts in Iraq, realising that there's money to be made. The lack of involvement of the Governing Council in awarding contracts for reconstruction has meant:
    • Few Iraqi companies are being considered for or winning contracts although such a step would significantly reduce costs, making better use of the money available, and would also strengthen the Iraqi economy
    • Several contracts have been awarded to companies that have ties to the former regime

  • The Governing Council took Iraq's seat at the UN, confirming their legitimacy. In further positive steps:
    • Electricity is getting better nationwide as pre-war levels are topped, however Baghdad is still below pre-war levels as four US companies go in to try and find a solution.
    • Schools reopened for a new academic year without Saddam but with a free school bag for each student, after a massive rebuilding campaign that employed locals to build hundreds of new desks, chairs and doors, clean up the schools and fit new windows.

  • After the US agrees with Turkey on a plan to tackle the PKK using only US troops, Turkey is set to send up to 10,000 troops to Iraq to aid the coalition but sensitivities between Iraqi Kurds and the Turks must be considered in any such deployment. This comes against the backdrop of the UN, where wrangling continues over a resolution.

 

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