This is one massive investment, as reported via the Iraqi Press Monitor from Oct. 27:
60 Billion Dollars Allotted to Build Iraq's Biggest Port
(Al-Sabah) Salam al-Maliki, minister of transportation, announced that 60 billion dollars is being allocated for Iraq's largest port project. The port, in Basra, will consist of 100 docks that will be built over a period of seven years. Fifteen docks will be built in the first two years. Al-Maliki explained to an al-Sabah reporter that Arab companies submitted their bids, which will continue to be accepted over the next few days. The port is located in Ras al-Besha in the Fao district on the eastern cost of Khor Abdullah. The project will help Fao re-establish its prominence that it lost during Iraq's wars.
(Al-Sabah is issued daily by the Iraqi Media Network.)
After two years of fighting, the Iraqi Sunni Arabs are seeing their worst nightmare come true. And that is an Iraqi army and police force that can do the job, and is not led by Sunni Arabs....
Their numbers are growing, as the full post details. Strategy Page concludes:
The Iraqi battalions are able to make terrorist attacks much more costly, for the terrorists. Thus the recent terrorist attack on the Palestinian hotel, resulted in over a dozen terrorist personnel killed or captured because of prompt action by Iraqi soldiers and police. As a result of this, two more trends are in evidence. First, more and more of the terrorist activity is moving outside of heavily policed Baghdad, to smaller towns where there are fewer security personnel. Second, more Sunni Arabs are giving up on plans for any quick take over of the government. These Kurdish and Shia Arab police and army officers were not supposed to show up so quickly, if ever. But there they are.