1,100 Former Enemies Make Peace With Iraqi Security
Part of the rebuilding of Iraq is making peace with those that have been fighting with the government but are now working toward rehabilitation. In the Tikrit region there are just over 1,000 people who were former fighters, who are working toward full reconciliation with Iraqi government and local officials.
Members of the insurgency or Iraq citizens that have been associated have the opportunity to turn themselves in to Joint Coordination Centers at various places across Iraq. By turning themselves in, they can argue their case and work with officials in the Iraq government.
The City of Balad is one of the regional centers that has seen nearly 700 members reconcile with the Government. The former fighters are often scared but resolute, as they want to have their names cleared up and be able to live openly in the region.
The Balad Qadah has worked very hard to support and encourage reconciling with different members of the community. At this point there are 76 different men waiting to speak to Iraqi judges, in the reconciliation process.
Part of the reconciliation process has been to work toward earning trust, and one of the best ways that the former fighters have been able to earn trust has been to turn in their weapons.
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A number of large caches of weapons have been turned in and this has assisted in the overall safety of the region.