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IP’s Rise To Challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20081213-05
Dec. 13, 2008

Iraqi Police rise to challenge
Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO

BAGHDAD – Throughout Baghdad’s Karkh security district Iraqi Police make daily strides to earn the trust of the local population. During the past year, the Iraqi police in Saliyah, Karkh, and Juafer stepped up and taken the lead in securing their neighborhoods. Taking this more active role has placed them in the spotlight in securing Karkh and the citizens of northwest Baghdad are beginning to appreciate their efforts.

Coalition forces have supported this move by enrolling the IP into the Police Train-the-Trainer program, or PT3 that is run by the 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, operationally attached to the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad at Forward Operating Base Prosperity.

The program starts every few weeks and teaches Iraqi Policemen basic fundamentals of marksmanship, dismounted patrolling, traffic control point operations, basic first aid, basic Iraqi law, crime scene management, improvised explosive decive identification and reaction, building clearing and searching procedures of a person and a vehicle. The IP’s then follow up by conducting the training at their station to their fellow officers.

Coalition forces then included the IP on several joint neighborhood clearances. During these clearances the IP’s took the lead and confiscated a number of AK-47’s and weapons magazines. They also took the lead in talking to the local population. By doing this, the IP have made sure that the citizens of Karkh know they are on their side, and are there to ensure they remain safe in their neighborhood.

“With the increase of responsibility the Iraqi Police in the Karkh district have taken since July, they have been operating without the help of the Iraqi Army,” says Capt. William Macugay, commander, Battery A. 4th Bn. 42nd FA Regt. “They have really taken charge of the area and have been able to respond to significant events and execute missions across the district.”

Coalition forces continue to train the IP’s every day, and see a bright future for them in Karkh. “The ISF have been very successful in taking control over the Karkh security district and they are the model for the rest of the country’s ISF with the IP’s being in the lead,” said Sgt. Bruce Eggleston, Intel sergeant, Batt. A. 4th Bn. 42 FA Regt.

Source: MNF-I Iraq.

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AQI Networks Targeted; 10 Detained

MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ
PRESS DESK
BAGHDAD, Iraq
MNF-Iraq.

Press Release A081212a-412
December 12, 2008

Central Iraq AQ networks targeted; 10 suspects detained

BAGHDAD – Ten suspected terrorists, including two wanted men, were removed from al-Qaeda in Iraq networks Thursday and Friday, as Coalition forces targeted the terrorist organization in central Iraq. Coalition forces continued operations to dismantle AQI bombing networks Thursday. In Baghdad, forces captured an alleged AQI cell leader who reports suggest is responsible for improvised explosive device attacks against Iraqi and Coalition forces and Iraqi police.

Also Thursday near Tuz Khurmatu, 70 km southeast of Kirkuk, forces detained three individuals during an operation targeting an AQI leader associated with IED activities in the area.

AQI networks in Diyala province were further disrupted by Coalition forces early Friday. In Hafriyah, 89 km southeast of Kirkuk, forces captured an alleged weapons smuggler also believed to be associated with IED attacks in the area. Three additional suspects assessed to be the wanted man’s associates were detained as well. Two more suspects were netted Friday in an operation targeting a Diyala-area AQI courier in as-Sadiyah, 110 km northeast of Baghdad.

Source: MNF-Iraq.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20081212-02

CAMP LIBERTY Iraq – Multi-National Division – Baghdad leaders talked with members of the Killeen Mosque Leadership Council during a video teleconference Dec. 10 to discuss the accomplishments that have been made in Iraq and ways to better relationships within the Muslim community. Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond, commanding general, MND-B and 4th Infantry Division, gathered for a third VTC meeting. As with the previous two VTC meetings, the council leaders expressed a wish for the civilian media to tell the American people the successful improvements that are in direct correlation of the Coalition Forces and Iraqi people working together.

Along with Hammond, Lt. Col. James Carter, the senior chaplain of MND-B and 4th Inf. Div., and Hammond’s chief cultural advisor Alaa Abdelazim, listened and shared their thoughts. “The intent is to continue to establish, develop and deepen relationships with our local Muslim leaders of the local Killeen Mosque,” said Carter. During the VTC, Hammond went over slides describing the changes in the Baghdad area imparted to the Iraq people – they are ready to look to their own people to keep this county safe.

“The Iraqi people are tired of this (fighting); they want the same thing we have in Killeen – they want their children to go to school, they want work, they want electricity, they want to enjoy life,” said Hammond. Building understanding and trust are the goals 4th Inf. Div. leaders try to achieve and it allows the American Muslim community to feel connected to the Middle East Muslim populace.

“They help us carry the message of hope and reconciliation,” said Carter. “We as Americans are one nation; we have the free exercise of religion, and a spirit of acceptance and toleration toward one another – without compromise. We support one another.” There will be one more meeting between Texas and Baghdad to introduce the 1st Cavalry Division and impart a smooth transition after Hammond leaves with 4th Inf. Div.

Source: MNF-Iraq.

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