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One Year Later

The image of Saddam Hussein's statue falling is hard to forget. Not only did it symbolize the capture of Iraq's capital but the fall of Saddam's regime. One soldier says, "most of the time you see the negative but what you don't see is the things the soldiers are doing, going out to the villages, to the cities some of them inviting us. You don't see us building new schools for the kids giving them paper and penc

But, that's what they've done and for the first time ever, those schools are getting computers and internet access. In the last year, soldiers have also restored electricity to a level well above that when coalition forces charged into Baghdad. Clean water has also been made available to many rural areas that never before had that luxury.

It's changes some soldiers say are welcomed by many Iraqis. "There's only a small percentage of people who are involved in any of the anti- U.S. operations and in general the people are very pleased to see us there and have been very cooperative," says Captain Lee Desmond of the Natio

Hospitals have gone through some changes too. Many of them have been refurbished and the kind of treatment available has been upgraded. The United States is expected to spend another 1 billion dollars on new and existing healthcare facilities.

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