Ramadi, Al Feda Rui, Osama Al Rawi discussed on Morning Edition


Women dressed in brightly colored clothes dine with husbands or friends Sometimes there are investors here too like rames Al feda Rui Helped fight against ISIS in Ramadi Now he says he's working alongside local authorities to help rebuild schools roads and develop parks And he says he's invested two and a half $1 million in building a college for agriculture He tells us through our interpreter why he's chosen to put so much money into an area that's been so often at war He says nothing guarantee everywhere Because sometimes there is no disasters or earthquakes We believe in something We will build under God will secure it Plus faher he adds with a smile Ramadi is safe now Signs of this optimism are everywhere in the city We see the construction site of a hotel that will include pools and Moroccan spar said to cost more than $70 million Two new hospitals have been built housing equipment not found even in the capital Baghdad A new mall two new universities and even an ice cream factory are being developed We see the construction of a new neighborhood The gates of the homes have gold embossed decoration The streets are clean and there are children playing outside on their bicycles The investor behind this project is Osama Al rawi He's also a member of the investment commission that oversees development across Ramadi and in the wider province Anbar This is a good place for investment And especially now you know imagine how many requests we had and investment commission from companies I'm talking about our cis companies He says the commission is coordinating $5 billion of investment in amber province Ramadi's position on the banks of the Euphrates river and on a road that connects to both neighboring Syria and Jordan has always made it an important hub for trade It also means it's been fought over throughout history Arawi himself was jailed in two of the U.S.'s most notorious prisons in Iraq I was in Abu Ghraib and I stayed there almost only He says he was rounded up in a security sweep of homes during fighting and Ramadi after the U.S. invasion in 2003 His story is common for residents of the city A rawi eventually left for Sweden and then came back after ISIS was forced out of Ramadi in late 2015 He says business is booming with home selling faster than he can build them because now Ramadi is one of the best places to be No Ramadi much a cleaner than that And much comfortable lambda much organized but that He says in Ramadi the local government is organized and less corrupt than in other parts of Iraq and above all he says Ramadi residents have learned the cost of war and cooperate with security forces And this is the main reason for good safety here People will not allow for anyone to better the past And if they saw someone they will call The day after we left Ramadi a suicide bomber targeted a police station in the city sending a huge fireball between buildings It was an isolated incident The first of its kind since 2017 But it's a reminder of how precarious life in the city can still be Ruth Sherlock NPR news Ramadi This is empire news This has WNYC in New York later on morning audition Jesse smaller returns to the witness stand today at his trial in Chicago the former empire accurate is calling on allegations that he staged a hate attack on himself a 100% false We'll get the latest from the trial coming up at about 15 minutes.

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