Coalition And Joint Iraqi Security Aid Families Returning To Region
The different families that were previously displaced in the Al Khwalis region are starting to return. As many as 100 families have been living in the town of Hib Hib, and the return marks the reconciliation between Sunni and Shia families that dwell in the region.
Captain Roger Miranda is the executive officer of 1st Battalion, 19th Brigade, 5th Division, military transition team. ?These are different families and people that have been displaced because of secular differences and could not return before now.? Said Captain Miranda.
There are believed to be as many as 500 people that are in the process of returning to Al Khwalis, and the reconciliation has been ongoing since the beginning of 2008. The council met multiple times and has worked hard to allow all those that agree to participate in the reconciliation a chance to return.
The Iraqi Army cleared the area of Al Qaeda in the fall of 2007, and then tension between Sunni and Shia families mounted which led to many families leaving the area.
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Because of the different region issues, the council and local government had to step in, and the reconciliation process was formed. The Coalition forces support the effort, and they have given both security and logistical support to the process, which is finally leading to families being allowed back into the area.