Friendships Formed With Iraqi Citizens in Adhamiyah District
Members from the coalition units that are stationed in Iraq have grown and built friendships that will last long after they have to return to the United States. Members of the MNF Baghdad division have continued serving in a mission that has taken up much of the past several months.
Members of the Scout platoon from 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd BCT, 4th Infantry go on daily patrols along the Sha’ ab streets in the neighborhood in the Adhamiyah district and help talk to the citizens as they patrol against the terrorists and insurgents that would be in the area without their activity.
The soldiers are happy to welcome the efforts of Iraq Security Forces, and the Sons of Iraq citizen patrol groups. Slowly, they are taking the responsibility of the security away from the coalition, and this is seen as a necessary and good thing.
Members of the coalition work to interact with the local citizens, and this is something that the Iraq security forces have learned firsthand to also do from their Coalition Trainers. The Sons of Iraq have been part of the nicest surprise, as their activity and support has made the difference in more than one way over the last year or so.
When the Coalition goes out on patrol, the members of the community flock around, and the soldiers often carry candy or a toy for the children. They are warmly welcomed by the community, and this is a lot different than was the case at first, about 15 months ago when they first arrived.