U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bryce C.K. Muhlenberg/Released 070730-M-0000C-000.jpg
Jul 30, 2007
An Iraqi Army soldier with 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division, stands with Iraqi children in at the entrance to a local elementary school where the IA was handing out gifts to the local children and engaging the local populous. The IA soldiers are not from this area, having been recruited from all over the country. Despite their being strangers in the village they have been quickly accepted by the people. This area is benefiting from their own sons who are joining forces with the IA and the Iraqi police to prevent and fight the insurgency. These young men are responding to their sheiks wishes and taking up arms alongside Coalition Forces to defeat the insurgency.
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