Skip to comments.Detainees Released to Tarmiya, Taji
Posted on 03/27/2008 4:30:30 PM PDT by SandRat
The Iraqi Army, Iraqi police and local leaders joined forces with Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team “Warrior,” 25th Infantry Division, to assist in taking the men back home.
Sheik Sa’ad Jassim warmly welcomed the seven former detainees back to Tarmiya. His words were firm to them.
“Some of you have done wrong, but it is time to put that in the past,” he said. “We thank the Americans for allowing you to return to Tarmiya – to your family. Your time in prison is done. It is time to move forward.”
With unanimous nods, the seven looked knowingly to their leader with acknowledgement that it was time to move forward.
Col. Tawfiq al Janabi, the chief of police, also welcomed the men back to Tarmiya.
“You have paid the price (for your transgressions),” he said, “and you have been given a second chance. It is time for you to be part of the ‘Tarmiya Family.’ Do as your pledges say – with honor and loyalty.”
Each man was required to sign an agreement that they would honor and follow the rule of law and commit no crimes against the government of Iraq or Coalition forces.
“I offer my hand in friendship,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Boccardi, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., who serves as the commander of 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT. “You will see me. I live here. Together, we can move forward.”
The seven stood and readily took his handshake. Among the applause and hugs, the men then joined their families.
“The release of these men today reflects the improving security conditions in this community,” said Col Todd McCaffrey, a native of Hudson, Ohio, and commander of 2nd SBCT. “Iraqi leaders and security forces are now capable of ensuring these returned men abide by the rule of law and can effectively reintegrate into this society.”