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Iraqi Mayor Supports Candidate for Rhode Island Legislature

Monday, July 10, 2006

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — A candidate for the Rhode Island Legislature has gotten an unusual endorsement — from the mayor of Fallujah, Iraq, praising him as that city’s “favorite USA colonel.”

Republican James Haldeman, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel, had re-entered the Marine Corps to go to Iraq, where he ran a civil-military operations center last year in Fallujah. He oversaw the reconstruction of schools, a power plant, water treatment plant and other facilities.

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