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Thousands Endure Storm to Become IP
Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Daniel Blottenberger, USA

Posted on 06/20/2008 5:05:27 PM PDT by SandRat

Sons of Iraq (Abna al-Iraq) wait in line outside the the Furat Iraqi Police Training Facility, June 17, to start the process of becoming IP recruits. The four day recruiting drive is part of the Multi-National Division - Baghdad plan of Iraqi police expansion. Photo by Sgt. Daniel Blottenberger.
Sons of Iraq (Abna al-Iraq) wait in line outside the the Furat Iraqi Police Training Facility, June 17, to start the process of becoming IP recruits. The four day recruiting drive is part of the Multi-National Division - Baghdad plan of Iraqi police expansion. Photo by Sgt. Daniel Blottenberger.

CAMP VICTORY — As a sandstorm blanketed Baghdad, June 17, an estimated 2000 Iraqi citizens endured the elements to start the process of becoming Iraqi police at the Furat Iraqi Police Training Facility.

Iraqi police officials and military police Soldiers with the 18th Military Police Brigade, Multi-National Division - Baghdad set up a four-day recruiting drive at the Furat facility to reach a goal of 1300 new recruits to send to Basic Recruit Training to become IP.

“A little over 2000 civilians showed up today,” said 1st Lt. Christopher Gehri, native of Edmond, Okla., and officer in charge of the Furat IP Training Facility. “We can process through about 400 recruits a day with a total goal of 1300 recruits in four days.”

The Police Transition Team was ecstatic to see the number of civilians, who braved the weather to become IP.

“The benefit of having so many people show up today means we have a lot of hope, we see the benefit of so many people showing up despite the sandstorm,” said Gehri. “They are trying to get a job and take care of their communities and families.”

The new recruits are part of MND-B’s plan to expand the IP force.

The increase in police force is intended to strengthen the overall security of Baghdad as part of a continued Iraqi police expansion program. This program is aimed to train more than 25,000 IP recruits by 2008.

Officials say more than 22,000 police have already been deployed in the Iraqi capital as part of the first phase of expansion.

“We are getting the job done,” said Gehri, referring to IP expansion. “We are providing the amount of Iraqi security forces to provide a stable Baghdad, which is our goal.”

Gehri has been working with IP in Baghdad for nine months now and says he has seen a great improvement in the IP force since arriving.

“They are taking whatever we teach them and they are running with it,” said Gehri. “They are doing a great job.”



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: frwn; ips; iraq; iraqipolice; progress; volunteers

1 posted on 06/20/2008 5:05:27 PM PDT by SandRat
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2 posted on 06/20/2008 5:05:54 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

Maybe the people of Iraq do not realize it, but the fate of the world lies with them. God, am I pulling for them.


3 posted on 06/20/2008 5:19:15 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: SandRat

Progress just keeps coming. A lot of blood, sweat and tears have gone into that.


4 posted on 06/20/2008 5:32:10 PM PDT by TigersEye (Berlin 1936. Olympics for murdering regimes. Beijing 2008.)
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To: SandRat

God bless these brave men... It can’t be easy, that’s for sure... Glad they are part of the solution!


5 posted on 06/20/2008 5:36:23 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (My Blog - http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com & NEW http://exposingobama.wordpress.com)
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To: TigersEye

Bump


6 posted on 06/20/2008 5:48:22 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Cousin, Mom and FRiend)
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To: SandRat

You go guys. These are YOUR people. Best of Luck to All!!


7 posted on 06/20/2008 6:05:24 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: SandRat

Whoooops, silly me. I thought they were all signing-up to become IPs (InterNet Providers).

Sorry! My bad.


8 posted on 06/20/2008 7:31:08 PM PDT by do not press 2 for spanish
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To: do not press 2 for spanish

You must be a computer person also. I’ve seen other abbreviations in headlines I think are computer related too.


9 posted on 06/21/2008 6:31:45 PM PDT by Hamilcar_Barca (If Obama is elected the U.S. Soldiers in Iraq will have died in vain.)
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To: Hamilcar_Barca

My blatant error, Mr Hamilcar_Barca. I mistook IP for ISP.

Heh...


10 posted on 06/21/2008 6:44:44 PM PDT by do not press 2 for spanish
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