Oct 5, 2008

KARMAH, Iraq (October 5, 2008)-Mayor Faisal Hamad Khalaf cuts the ribbon at the reopening of al Shohabi Boys and Girls primary school, October 5, in Karmah. Hundreds, from sixth to 12th grade, will attend the school this fall. Marines from Task Force 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, oversaw the reconstruction of the school. In an area with a roughly 20 percent literacy rate, Coalition forces view the struggling education system as a critical component in successfully rebuilding Iraq. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Achilles Tsantarliotis)

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