The White House
President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
December 3, 2003

Global Message

From the Department of Defense

More than 400 recruits have been identified for the next class of the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps, which begin training December 9. Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division 3rd Brigade are helping screen candidates.

The number of Iraqis contributing to the security of their country continues to increase. More than 145,000 now serve in the security forces, including:

More than 14,000 reconstruction projects have been completed, at a rate of almost 100 a day.

Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division worked with Iraqi engineers to construct the Hawler International Airport in Irbil. It is the first major airport to open in northern Iraq.

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