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New outpost changing tactics in Narwan

Iraqis hope presence of U.S. troops will be catalyst for development of city services

New outpost changing tactics in Narwan
By Erik Slavin, Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Saturday, November 17, 2007

NARWAN, Iraq Ali Thavits bakery is doing a lot more business lately.

As construction progressed across the street at Combat Outpost Salie, soldiers began stopping at his store for his fresh-made bread.

Like other older Iraqis doing business in Narwan, Thavit said he supported the U.S. presence that officially moved in Thursday.

Its good for the people and its good for peace, Thavit said.

Thavits conversation then turned to the same thing that every Iraqi at the nearby open market later mentioned: The city needs more water, electricity, medicine, school supplies and jobs.

Whether the U.S. can deliver on those items will dictate how welcome their presence will be, especially to younger Iraqis who expressed skepticism about the soldiers presence.

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