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Iraqi government takes on housing crisis

The Iraqi government is mulling over several housing projects to solve the mounting housing crisis.
Workers prepare a site for constructing small residential units, 30 kilometers south of Baghdad, on June 1, 2011.

During his visit to the city of Bismayah 40 kilometers (24 miles) southeast of Baghdad on June 19, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi announced that sufficient funding had been secured to complete a project to construct 100,000 residential units. South Korea's Hanwha Engineering and Construction Company is implementing the Bismayah residential project. Only 35,000 have been constructed so far.

The Iraqi Council of Ministers voted last week to establish the city of Rafeel in the area surrounding the Baghdad airport, which will include hundreds of thousands of housing units in eight different regions.

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