Rebuilding Iraq

April 22, 2003, midnight | By Nora Toiv | 20 years, 7 months ago

The war in Iraq is basically over and President Bush has put Retired Army General Jay Garner in charge, according to the Washington Post.

Garner said he is serving as "coalition facilitator" and his initial goal is to restore electricity and water services to Baghdad. According to the Post, Baghdad was up and running as people came out to shop and to clear debris from the fighting.

The U.S has rejected the former Iraq exile that had proclaimed himself governor of Baghdad. Mohammed Mohsen Zubaidi is a Shiitie Muslim who said that he was elected by a 220 member council of businessmen.

Meanwhile the U.S has been trying to get food and water out to the people of the city. The soldiers and the Iraqi police have been trying to keep order in Baghdad where there has been massive looting.

Saddam Hussein is still missing along with most of the high-ranking officials of the former Iraqi government. Seven of the 55 officials missing have been found, including Abd al-Khaliq Abd al Ghafar, Hussein's scientific research minister and Hussein's son-in-law.

Garner set up headquarters in one of Hussein's old palaces with a group of civilian administrators that should grow to 450 people by the end of the week.

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