Skip to comments.Former Detainees Released to Sheikh's Supervision
Posted on 04/02/2008 5:08:07 PM PDT by SandRat
JURF AS SAHKR After serving their sentences in U.S.-run prisons in Iraq, 25 detainees were released under the supervision of a local sheikh in Jurf as Sahkr, March 28.
Sheikh Sabah al-Janabi, captain of the Janabi tribe and leader of Jurf as Sahkr, said he is confident the men will return to peaceful, productive lives in the community.
Almost all of the bad people here changed their mind, so we must give these men another chance to be good people, Sheikh Sabah said. I will see that these men will serve Jurf as Sahkr, their families and the future of Iraq.
The sheikh regularly meets with Soldiers of Company A, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, who are based out of Patrol Base Jurf, a compound near the village center.
Capt. Eric Tisland, commander of Company A, welcomed the former detainees back into the village and updated them on the changes Jurf has undergone since they were last home.
In the past seven months, violence in Jurf has fallen dramatically, thanks to the Sons of Iraq chasing out the terrorists and criminals, Tisland told the men.
Sheikh Sabah said he believes the men, some of whom attacked Coalition forces and other Iraqis, will thrive under the new security conditions.
This area was very difficult to live in a year ago everyone had to fight to survive and the Coalition forces didnt know who was good and who was bad, so they arrested many people Sheikh Sabah said. The people now just want to forget the past it was very bad.
Also releasing detainees March 28 were two other units from the same brigade task force.
Battery B, 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery, 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div., released eight detainees in al Hak, Iraq, under the supervision of Sheikh Kamil, tribal head of the Janabi tribe in the AO Anzio area.
Meanwhile, at Joint Security Station Haswah, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry, 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div., also released eight detainees under the supervision of several tribal leaders from the area including Sheikh Kaither and Sheikh Faleh.