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Reconstruction Moves Ahead in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2007 – Coalition forces conducted progress assessments in Nuristan province, and government leaders in Logar province discussed spending for future projects Feb. 3 in Afghanistan.

The provincial reconstruction team engineer conducted quality assurance checks on several projects in Nuristan province. Findings include:

-- A completed water well and one that is near completion in Dereng Village.

-- The local contractor working on a foot-bridge connecting the villages of Dereng and Lowkar has completed the far sides of the bridge and is ready to pour the foundation.

-- The Kowtolay school project continues to move forward. The cement floor will be poured shortly, and the roof will be completed soon.

-- In Lowkar, the school sports facility is progressing. The PRT engineer is scheduling a meeting with the contractor, school officials and village elders to review the project and discuss the next phase of construction.

-- The labor on all the projects is culled from the local labor force.

Logar provincial leaders met with coalition force officials that same day to discuss how to spend $500,000 allotted to the province for job creation and agricultural issues.

The majority of the money will be used to construct retaining walls, irrigation canals and cleaning projects, to ensure a productive agriculture season.

The remainder of the funds will be used to provide fertilizer, other crop assistance materials and veterinary medications.

The projects are designed to produce jobs for local workers and assist in crop production, officials said.

(Compiled from Headquarters International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan news releases.)

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