Monday, August 21, 2006

Influx of Iraqi police in small Euphrates River town means more security, less insurgent activity

Iraqi Police
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
By Sgt. Roe F. Seigle 1st Marine Division

BAGHDADI, Iraq — After 30 recent graduates from the Iraqi police academy came to Baghdadi, Iraq, residents in this Saddam-era military housing complex are expressing interest in joining the police force because they are noticing a decrease in insurgent activity.

Marines with the Hawaii-based 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, or “America’s Battalion”, are combating the insurgency with local police officers – who recently received “much needed” new gear to get the job done – pistols, protective vests, rifles and batons to use while patrolling the city’s streets.

Soon they will receive radios and police cars, said Maj. Eric Kelly, 36, the commanding officer of Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment – the U.S. military unit which provides security here and mentors the city’s local police and soldiers. {Click on image for photo details}
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