Iraqi Police Take Permanent Security Duties From Coalition
The Iraqi Police are taking permanent stations along the Abdullah Corridor, and are slowly taking over operations from the 320th Field Artillery. As they become more established, the security responsibility is passing over to Iraqi Police hands, and slowly becoming the total responsibility of the Iraqi Police.
Coalition Troops have done an excellent job in keeping the Abdullah Corridor safe, but it is thought that to truly establish security in the area that the security needs to be taken over completely by the Iraqi Police. It is seen as a message to criminals and insurgents alike that the Iraqi police are becoming more professional and more capable to maintain the security checkpoints around the region.
After a number of clearing operations were completed by the Iraqi Army, the Iraqi National police has done an excellent job of assuming security operations. This is seen as a huge step for the long term establishment of security and peace and quiet. The criminals are not happy that the job is passing to the Iraqi Police, the Iraqi Police are made up of local citizens and are much better able to tell if insurgency or criminal elements are passing into the area, even temporarily. As of April 15th, most of the security operations for the Abdullah Corridor had transferred over to the Iraqi Police, and the remaining parts were transferred on April 24th.