Inside the City Rising Up from the Ground in Iraq

Korean entrepreneurs are funding the construction of a massive $8 billion city in Iraq.
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We have heard all of the bad news about Iraq today, but we recently were given an inside look at an incredible new city rising right in the midst of that war zone, a construction project you truly have to see to believe. The fall of ramadi. Your daily car bombs in Baghdad. Air strikes to halt the spread of Isis in Iraq, not exactly brochure materiel when you're planning a new community. This massive building project, 100,000 housing units is not in some U.S. Suburb or european capital. I'm standing just outside of Baghdad. But just six miles outside of Baghdad, construction of Iraq's future is in full swing. That's Baghdad right there. Yes, yes. Right there, you can see it. This is the new city, which when completed will house 600,000 residents. This is our vision for building Iraq and so in order to do that you have to go to megaprojects. Reporter: This megacommunity is the biggest construction project in the history of Iraq and among the biggest and most daring in the world. How much does a project like this mean to Iraq? It means a lot. This is part of the 1 million housing units project. Reporter: Along with housing, it will provide new schools, mosques and public safety, like police and fire, and a massive new road system will link the city to Baghdad. So, who will live here? Governmentmental E mroimis. Lower middle class people. Reporter: The construction company was awarded the $8 billion bid to have the project completed by 2019. I stand here and I look at this and think, I'm in the middle of Iraq, how can this possibly be successful? Really, this is very much a challenge for us. Reporter: Challenges like just finding workers brave enough to come here to build it. The presence of Isis, has that scared people away? Some of them. But not all of them. Reporter: Their answer to the dangers outside is to do as much as possible inside. 14 factories on site help manufacture materiels. They build external housing walls. Lots of them. 8,000 workers in all building an unlikely oasis, trying to create hope for a new Iraq, even if right now, hope is hard to find. Isis is a temporary situation, the Iraqis will defeat it, and the future of Iraq is very bright with a lot of economic potential. The team telling us they're on track to have the first 7,000 apartments ready by the end of the year. And now, as we broadcast from this location staffed with thousands of U.S. Service members, dedicated to their mission, we take time to honor our fellow Americans who serve and sacrifice. In the month of may, three service members died overseas supporting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. That's all for us for today. Thanks for sharing part of your Sunday with us. Check out "World news tonight" and we'll see you next week. Have a great day and so long from this persian gulf nation. Long from this persian gulf nation.

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