Four Iraqi Companies Joint Forces With Coalition Support
As the region of Baghdad has grown safer over the last year, and as it has continued to improve, the Iraqi Security Forces have attained a greater level of professionalism and confidence. As the situation continues to improve, they have been supportive of additional private trucking and transportation efforts.
Some of the local sheiks came to the US Coalition to form a new transportation network, and the coalition passed it along to the ISF forces, which approved the plan.
The different 68 sheiks and 62 tribes have now formed four different private trucking companies, and they now have formed a network called the Iraqi Transportation network.
The tribes then choose different people to drive for the companies, and the US military assisted by conducting background checks for all of the drivers.
The 100 drivers that were chosen were almost all cleared, 97 of the hundred drivers were approved and cleared to be drivers.
The new network, called the ITN network is one of the first independent trucking efforts in 30 or 40 years to build a logistics company, especially a new private trucking network. The ITN will be cleared to move cargo for the US and for Iraqi Security forces, to and from the different sites in operating bases in Iraq.
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The ITN has worked to haul supplies already in Al Asad, Ramadi, Jordan, and Fallujah.
This is an exciting new network that helps give the Iraqi people more confidence, and security in their own abilities.