Iraqi security forces work together to keep insurgents out of city

| September 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Spc. Jessica Luhrs
1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division

Col. Hameed Omar Abdullah (left), Mamah police chief, talks to Capt. Jeff Kain, commander, Co. C, 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID, during a meeting at the Mamah Iraqi Police Station near Hawijah, Iraq, recently. KIRKUK, Iraq — When Capt. Jeff Kain drove to the Mamah Iraqi Police Station near Hawijah, Iraq, to meet with the police chief for the first time, recently, he noticed something different about checkpoints, something that sets a new standard for all IP stations. 

“While we were driving up, we noticed that the checkpoints were being manned by Iraqi police, Sons of Iraq and Iraqi army soldiers. This is something that is not seen often and sets a standard for other stations,” said Kain, commander, Company C, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

According to Col. Hameed Omar Abdullah, Mamah police chief, he began this initiative to show citizens that the Iraqi Security Forces are united, to provide better security in the area and keep the insurgents out.

He said that since the IP has been working with its ISF counterparts, the security has improved in the area.

“Before the security was very bad, but now everything is good because we are doing what we can to keep the insurgents out,” Abdullah said, who has been with the IP for nearly 30 years.

To keep the insurgents out of the area, the IP frequently conduct patrols and other various operations with the ISF, in addition to manning their multiple checkpoints.

“We are responsible for our security now,” Abdullah said. “We will do whatever it takes to keep the insurgents out of our area.”

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