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Infantry Leaders Attend Holiday Feast at Sheik’s Home
Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Natalie Rostek

Posted on 01/02/2008 4:11:27 PM PST by SandRat

COMBAT OUTPOST CLEARY — Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, attended an Iraqi holiday feast at the home of the head sheik of the Mada’in Qada, Sheik Nouri, Dec. 27, in Al Ja’ara.

Before the feast, leaders of the Concerned Local Citizens program, Iraqi security forces, 1-15 Infantry Regiment, and village leaders held a meeting to discuss future operations and progress Ja’ara and the surrounding areas.

“We specifically talked about recent incidents in the Al Bawi and Wardyah areas,” said Capt. Stephen Hemmann, Des Peres, La. Native and executive officer of Company B, 1-15 Inf. Regt.

While the leaders were inside Nouri’s house conducting the meeting, the Sheik’s family was outside preparing a holiday feast, a meal in honor of Christmas and the Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha.

“The food was outstanding,” said Staff Sgt. Matthew Jemison, from New Orleans, platoon sergeant for 1-15 Inf. Regiment’s command security detachment, “It built a rapport between Coalition forces and the locals. Sheik Nouri preparing this meal shows he wants progress in his village and in the Mada’in overall.”

Hemmann explained the feast was a huge demonstration of the progress being made regarding the relationship between Sunni and Shia present in the Mada’in Qada.

“Both Sunni and Shia were present,” he said. “The Concerned Local Citizens (program members) were breaking bread with the National Police and there was no violence.”

Capt. Rich Thompson, West Palm Beach, Fla. Native and commander of Company B, 1-15 Inf. Regt., is pleased with the progress of the security in the area and the relationships between the security forces and locals.

“Security is going well in the area,” he said. “We’ve created opportunity for local businesses, families have moved back into the area; the National Police and the Concerned Local Citizens (program members) are working together to prevent al-Qaida and insurgents to work there. People are now able to safely travel from Baghdad to Salman Pak.”

The 1-15 Inf. Regt. is assigned to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, from Fort Benning, Ga., and has been deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom since March 2007.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; feast; frwn; holiday; home; infantry; iraq; sheik

1 posted on 01/02/2008 4:11:31 PM PST by SandRat
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2 posted on 01/02/2008 4:12:20 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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The wine was flowing and the barbequed pork ribs were great.

3 posted on 01/02/2008 4:18:32 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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More like Fanta and beef kabobs. :)

4 posted on 01/02/2008 4:36:03 PM PST by Romneyfor President2008
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5 posted on 01/02/2008 4:41:43 PM PST by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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a meal in honor of Christmas and the Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha.

Yet here at home the ACLU and the PC crowd are trying to wage war on Christmas and ban it from public sight completely. And here's an Iraqi guy preparing a meal in honor of Christmas...and a MUSLIM at that.

"The food was outstanding"...

Arabs go out of their way to make as much food as possible when they have guests and to make it their best. Also in Pakistan you get free food whenever you visit people's houses. Not everything about Pak is screwy....Lol
6 posted on 01/02/2008 6:40:56 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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