Coalition Soldiers Provide Support To ISF Army Forces
The members of the Iraqi community and its citizens often make religious pilgrimages to various holy sites in the Middle East. They do this many times as a long-standing annual tradition, some of the pilgrimages and families involved have done so for generations.
One of the signs that the Iraqi Security Forces are truly ready to take over is that the ISF forces have been able to provide effective and safe security for a number of these different religious pilgrimages. The Pilgrimage to Karbala that lasted from August 11th to August 18th was one example, the Iraqi Security Forces worked to provide security while the Coalition was in support acting as backup.
The Iraqi Army is able to provide security and they are cooperative and working well with the Iraqi Police Department in the security needs for the region.
Neither group was used to working together in the past, and there was at times a question of who was in charge, or who had jurisdiction. This has been in the past known to cause a large disagreement, and it was something that caused a lot of commotion turmoil and conflict.
Now, the different elements of the Iraqi Security Forces, the Army, the National and local police, and members of the Iraqi Government seem to be able to work and interact together well.
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The pilgrims walked down and through the village of Mahmudiyah on their way to Sabaniya, and then took the same route back under the watchful eyes of their ISF security protectors.