Joint Forces Work To Assist Safe Passage
Each year there are religious pilgrims that make their way to different religious observances around the world. This is fairly common in the Muslim world and it is something that often means hundreds, even thousands of Muslim people travel to these events.
As the nation of Iraq has healed from years of persecution from dictator Saddam Hussein it has been a religious freedom that many members of the Iraq nation have been blessed to participate in. The members of these religious pilgrimages anticipate being able to travel to their destination in safety, and it has been the job of the Iraq Army, Iraqi National Police, and the coalition to keep these citizens safe.
The Iraqi Army closed different areas and portions of the Baghdad Mosul Highway as more than 3,000 devoted religious pilgrims passed along their route to Samarra. The efforts to keep the pilgrims safe from attack were successful.
The stability and security that the pilgrims were able to enjoy would not have been possible in months past, but this time pilgrims were able to travel in safety and under the watchful eyes of the Iraqi Security Forces, and the Coalition.
As the convoy of pilgrims traveled each way 300 miles they were able to relax and travel without incident. The actual protection was taken by the Iraqi Army and Iraqi police, while the coalition stood by ready and vigilant to help if necessary.
“The Iraqi Forces are in the lead, and they have progressed where they are able to protect their citizens from harm in a professional manner,” said Captain Calvin Kline.
Captain Kline is the commander of 1st battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment.