One Small Wet Step Toward Rebuilding
Monday, April 7, 2003; 6:00 AM

The 402 Civil Affairs battalion in Umm Qasr, Iraq, is on the front line of the battle for "hearts and minds" in Iraq. The U.S. Army's civil affairs units are tasked with providing a quick fix to humanitarian problems before NGOs arrive and take over. The situation in the port town of Umm Qasr provides a glimpse into the problems civil affairs unit will encounter as they move north deeper into Iraq.

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