Iraqi And Coalition Joint Patrols Successful
The streets of Suwayrah is a daily task for the joint Iraqi Security Forces and the members of the coalition. As the soldiers work together on daily patrols, the citizens venture out to say hello, and friendships between the police and the neighborhood are built.
Soldiers from the 6th Infantry, 2nd Battalion, Company B, 1st Platoon work closely with their Iraqi Security counterparts, and their single biggest lesson that they have succeeded in teaching and modeling to their Iraqi counterparts has been teaching them about making friends in the community, and working diplomatically to win hearts and minds.
The Soldiers are from Combat Outpost Summers, and the soldiers have an easy going manner and good community relations. The Iraqi Soldiers have observed the successes and then have been able to create positive relationships with the community themselves.
The community welcomes the patrols, especially the children. When the soldiers come through it?s a upbeat happy sight, and it sometimes seems almost like a parade.
The patrols examine the village and surrounding area, and help make sure that the Sons of Iraq are manning the checkpoints, and generally securing the area.
Overall the relations between the coalition, the community and the Iraqi Security forces are doing well, and this is a relatively new experience for everyone. As the security gets better and better, the different groups are able to interact more smoothly.