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MOSUL, Iraq -- Flashing a thumbs up sign, the commanding
general of the 101st Airborne Division gave orders to turn on the
newly renovated pumps of a water station that will allow the
irrigation of more than 150,000 thousand acres of land in
``It's a great triumph for all of you,'' Maj. Gen. David H.
Petraeus told an audience of tribal leaders, local officials and
Iraqis and Americans who worked on the project.
``This was a joint effort between Iraqi and American engineers,
farmers and leaders. It's one more example of the great progress that
the Iraqi people and coalition forces continue to make as we work
together to rebuild Iraq,'' he said.
The ceremony, held in a tent about 60 miles northwest of the city
of Mosul, marked the conclusion of three phases to repair al-Jazeera
Pump Station and get it working in full capacity. The station
provides water for more than 100,000 people in more than a dozen
villages, Petraeus said.
``With this water farmers will now be able to plant crops more
than just in the one season, thereby increasing their output'' and
benefiting the economy, he said.
Renovating the station, which suffered from neglect and looting,
cost $300,000. Recently, greenish water gushed out of the pumps and
into a narrow canal to the applause of the guests.
``This is a great economic project that will always liven up the
area and make it prosperous,'' Ghanim al-Basso, governor of Nineveh
province, said during the ceremony.
The 101st Airborne Division is based in Fort Campbell, Ky., on the
Tennessee border about 50 miles northwest of Nashville.
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