Joint Effort Between Iraqi Soldiers And U.S. Forces
When security was at its worst, there were a large number of families that fled Baghdad, as well as the whole region of Iraq. Some families went to Syria, others fled to other parts of Iraq, and still others tried to leave the country itself. Now, the streets of Baghdad are safe again, and there is an increasingly urgent trend of families wanting to return to their homes they abandoned when it was not safe.
The situation on the streets of Baghdad improve every day, and Coalition and Iraqi security forces are able to help families that want to move back into their old neighborhoods and back to their homes. Soldiers from 1st Infantry Division, 4th BCT, 28th Infantry, 1st Battalion, Company
A have been working with Iraqi security and National Police to help families that were displaced return to the area.
More than 100 families met with Iraqi government officials and Coalition troops recently in an informational meeting designed to assist them as they seek to return to their homes in the Southwest region of Baghdad. Coalition troops escorted families from Combat Outpost 803 to a meeting of the Aamel Reconciliation Committee.
At the Committee meeting, families received information about returning to their homes from the Aamel group. The group is made up of five Sunni and five Shiite member, and is focused on cooperation and dealing with issues to reduce violence and stress between the two groups.
“To be able to see 300 citizens return to their Baghdad homes, for 100 families to come back this is not something we were able to foresee a year ago when things were so bad,” said Captain Sean Lyons. Captain Lyons is the Army Commander of Company A.