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  • Iraqi Security Force Update April 2012

    04/02/2012 9:35:18 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 3 April 2012 | DJ Elliott
    This Iraqi Security Force (ISF) update provides a summary of changes to the ISF during March 2012. The Iraqi Security Force Order of Battle is updated as of 31 March 2012. Highlights in this update include: - 10 battalions shifted to Baghdad for AL Summit; Rumors of BTR4 cancellation continue. - Aviation contracts to announce in April, L159s still in contention. - OSVs identified, 9 PBs delivered with 12th to deliver in May. - Rumors of increased control of Basrah security by Baghdad.
  • Iraqi Police focused on Election Day security

    03/01/2010 4:01:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 130+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Sgt. Francis Horton, 367th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
    CONTINGENCY OUTPOST ADDER – With the help of U.S. forces, Iraqi Police here are preparing themselves to provide a safe and secure environment for voters during the March 7 Iraqi elections. In the Dhi Qar province in southern Iraq, local IP forces have stopped their regular training to prep for the long Election Day ahead of them. In an-Nasiriyah, warehouses are filled with ballots ready be shipped out all over the province. U.S. assessment teams have been checking these high-profile areas for cracks in security to prevent any terrorist activities that would hamper the election process. "The warehouse stores ballots...
  • Iraqi Police find hidden weapons, arrest 10

    12/27/2009 1:19:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 325+ views
    BAGHDAD — Iraqi Police arrested a suspected Jaysh al-Islami (JAI) terrorist group explosives-cell leader and nine suspected criminal accomplices, in addition to discovering a large weapons cache, during two joint security operations conducted yesterday near Tikrit. Pursuant to a warrant issued by an Iraqi court, IP and U.S. advisors first searched a residential building in a small village about 29 km northwest of Tikrit for the suspected Bayji JAI explosives-cell leader who is believed to have coordinated multiple improvised explosive device attacks against security forces in the region. Evidence collected at the scene led IP to positively identify and arrest...
  • Iraqi Police arrest nine AQI bomb makers

    10/24/2009 11:19:58 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 372+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Maj. James Rawlinson, USA
    KIRKUK — Iraqi Police here on Tuesday detained nine suspected al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) members in possession of bomb making materials. One of the nine is believed to be Abdallah Abd Qadir, who is known to have purchased thousands of pounds of ammonium nitrate in 2006. Qadir has ties to known AQI members associated with insurgent activity in Baghdad. Iraqi Police in the Domies neighborhood of Kirkuk city stopped two suspicious vehicles at a routine traffic check point Monday, which led to the discovery of more than 300 pounds of ammonium nitrate and a can of gasoline in the...
  • National Guard Trains Iraqi Police to Become Self-Sufficient

    07/24/2009 5:05:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 299+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Joe Thompson, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq, July 24, 2009 – National police in Iraq’s Wasit province now are capable of sustaining their own training needs after coalition forces leave here, military officials said, thanks to the efforts of a Massachusetts National Guard police company. Capt. Hayder Adnan Ali, Iraqi police liaison to coalition forces, instructs trainees on proper shooting techniques from the prone position while Sgt. Hayder Sahib Silan, Iraqi police mobile training team instructor in Wasit province, Iraq, demonstrates at the police provincial headquarters, July 20, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joe Thompson  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution...
  • U.S. Soldiers Train Iraqi Female Security Volunteers for Police Assistance Work

    06/16/2009 5:06:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 315+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Ruth McClary, USA
    Sgt. Frankie Hibberd (far right), of 150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, uses hand gestures and animated facial expressions to teach nine members of the Daughters of Iraq search techniques at an old high school in Yusifiyah, June 12. Photo by Spc. Ruth McClary, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team. BAGHDAD — Loud chatter filled the room as ten women from the Daughters of Iraq (DoI) gathered at an old high school in Yusifiyah, south of Baghdad, to train new-hires, update information in the U.S. forces database and discuss present conditions with U.S. Army officers, June 12. The...
  • Security Forces Airmen Train, Mentor Iraqi Police

    05/29/2009 4:50:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 258+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Tim Beckham, USAF
    A convoy of security forces Airmen from the 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Detachment 2, roll out of Camp Striker, Iraq May 8. The Airmen will convoy outside the wire to a local city to train and mentor the Iraqi Police on everything from conducting basic patrols to weapon handling techniques. Photo by Senior Airman Jacqueline Romero. CAMP STRYKER — In a crowded briefing room more than two dozen security forces members sporting flight suits casually sit and wait for their squad leader to start the briefing for the day's mission. As the squad leader makes his way to the...
  • Iraqi Police in Mosul Take Operations to a Whole New Level

    05/29/2009 4:52:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 599+ views
    MOSUL — Iraqi Police gathered with their counterparts from the Iraqi National Police and Iraqi Army at the 3rd Iraqi Police Division’s new operations center for a situational update briefing on the morning of May 26. The IP realized they could leverage significant operational gains with their own operations center to conduct mission planning and tracking, while working with key personnel from the Iraqi Army and Iraqi National Police. "[The Iraqi Police] recognize that they need to work together with the Iraqi Army and the Iraqi National Police. To do that, they needed a functional operations center from which they...
  • New Police Officers Graduate in Iraqi Province

    05/21/2009 5:03:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 759+ views
    MOSUL, Iraq, May 21, 2009 – More than 1,000 Iraqi police recruits stood at attention on the Public Service Academy parade field here as dignitaries and guests gathered to celebrate their graduation from basic police training May 11. Their graduation signifies Ninevah province's compliance with an Iraqi Interior Ministry directive requiring all currently employed Iraqi police officers to be formally trained by June. Ninevah Gov. Atheel al-Nujaifi and Khalid Hussein Ali al-Hamdani, general director of police, watched the newly trained officers use smoke grenades, blank ammunition and pyrotechnics in a building-clearing demonstration. Guests watched a series of hand-to-hand combat...
  • Iraqi police: 60 dead in double bombing

    04/24/2009 5:50:58 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 662+ views
    BAGHDAD – Back-to-back suicide bombings killed 60 people Friday outside the most important Shiite shrine in Baghdad, a day after the country was rocked by its most deadly violence in more than a year.
  • Coalition Forces Help Iraqi Police Earn People’s Trust

    04/20/2009 4:56:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 198+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Petty Officer 3rd Class William Selby, USN
    WASHINGTON, April 20, 2009 – The Iraqi Interior Ministry is making progress toward minimizing corruption and maximizing the trust of the Iraqi people, a military officer involved in the effort said April 17. Air Force Maj. Joseph Musacchia, commander of the 81st Security Forces Squadron, told participants in a “DoD Live” bloggers roundtable that to create trust between the Iraqi people and their government, coalition and Interior Ministry officials have instituted courses in the ministry’s Inspector General office and Internal Affairs offices that teach police ethics and focus on anticorruption initiatives. “We’ve been working with the Ministry of Interior, especially...
  • Iraqi Police Trained in Forensic Science

    04/18/2009 12:47:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 217+ views
    Capt. Ghissan K. Towman, Police Department forensic examiner in Hillah, and Jessica D. Janisch, Joint Expeditionary Forensics Facility-1 certified latent print examiner, compare fingerprints collected from a CD during a training exercise, April 2, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Bethany L. Little. WASHINGTON — Coalition forces in Iraq are increasingly working to develop the country’s non-military capabilities, such as its criminal justice program. In recent weeks, that has meant training the Iraqis in forensic science. Troops assigned to the Coalition’s Joint Expeditionary Forensics Facility (JEFF )-1 began training Iraqi Police outside Forward Operating Base Kalsu in southern Iraq, April...
  • Iraqi Police Training Focuses on Sustainable Approach

    04/17/2009 3:58:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 196+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Joe Thompson, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq, April 17, 2009 – The 772nd Military Police Company and an Iraqi police advisor team are starting a new approach to police training in Iraq’s Wasit province that will provide a sustainable training system for when coalition forces leave the country. “Our overall goal is to start a program in Wasit that can be a model for the rest of the country,” said Army Staff Sgt. Elton Dean, headquarters squad leader, 772nd MP Company. “What we want to do is give the minister of interior a reason to institute a program like this in order...
  • Iraqi Police Graduates Increase Numbers, Capabilities

    04/17/2009 4:22:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 173+ views
    BAGHDAD — Two months ago, more than 700 recruits registered for rigorous professional police training that would prepare them to become Iraqi Police officers. Upon the eight-week course's completion this week, 537 of those individuals officially joined the ranks of Iraq's police force, making it official during a graduation ceremony at the Al Furat Iraqi Police training center. This group was the fifth Iraqi Police class to graduate in recent months from the academy in Al Furat. Last month, a class of 314 graduated. Following graduation, they were assigned to patrol duties in towns and cities throughout Iraq. "These regular...
  • Iraqi police shoot dead four US soldiers

    02/24/2009 9:57:16 AM PST · by johnjameson · 22 replies · 2,706+ views
    Iraqi policemen shot dead four US soldiers and their local interpreter in the main northern city of Mosul on Tuesday, an interior ministry official said. "Four US soldiers and their Iraqi interpreter were killed by two Iraqi policemen who opened fire at them in the Dawasa district of (central) Mosul and then fled," the official told AFP, declining to be named. The incident took place during a US army visit to the Mosul headquarters of the Iraqi police in charge of protecting the city's bridges, police said. The bullet-riddled body of the interpreter was taken to the local mortuary. It...
  • On the Ground: U.S. Forces in Iraq Train Police, Soldiers

    02/19/2009 4:02:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 233+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2009 – With U.S. operations in Iraq shifting from providing security to ensuring Iraqi sovereignty, troops there are stepping up their training of Iraqi forces. Iraqi policeman Lt. Ahmed, center, and members of his special weapons and tactics team look on during training at Convoy Support Center Cedar in Iraq’s Dhi Qar province in December 2008. U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. James Jordan  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. U.S. soldiers in southern Iraq in recent days have trained Iraqi forces in everything from special weapons and tactics to criminal investigations to mortar firing. And,...
  • Iraqi Police Hold Last Fallujah Checkpoint

    02/11/2009 3:18:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 271+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Ryan Turnage, Multi-National Corps - Iraq
    FALLUJAH — Iraqi’s independent security capabilities continued to expand throughout eastern Anbar province as the commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, recently turned over command of the battalion’s final entry control point, ECP 1, to the Fallujah District Chief of Police, Feb. 5. Entry control points are manned security positions that screen persons attempting to enter specific areas for weapons, contraband and a criminal history. They are often used as a security measure around cities to protect the population. Now that Iraqi Security Forces control all entry control points in the Fallujah area, Coalition forces will be...
  • Iraqi Police Forces Vote in Istaqlal Qada

    01/29/2009 3:46:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 266+ views
    Members of the Iraqi National Police show off their newly inked fingers after voting in the provincial elections at the Bilal Al Habashi School in the Istaqlal Qada of northeastern Baghdad, Jan. 28, 2009. Photo by Scott Flenner, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs. ISTAQLAL — Members of the Iraqi Police and National Police kicked off the provincial elections by placing their vote at the Bilal Al Habashi School in Istaqlal Qada in northeast Baghdad, Jan 28. “This is a good step for Iraq and the people. They have free opinions to vote wherever they want and for any person they...
  • Largest Class of Women Graduates from Baghdad Police College

    01/28/2009 9:11:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 427+ views
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 28, 2009 – Nearly 500 new Iraqi policewomen graduated from the Baghdad Police College here Jan. 26, marking the largest female class ever to graduate from the school, officials said. Among their first duties, the new graduates will serve front-line roles providing security for the Jan. 31 election. “We feel proud and happy that we are bringing new opportunity to Iraqi women today, and more women will follow us,” a graduate said. Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bulani congratulated the new graduates for “taking another step toward rebuilding Iraqi security.” “These women are now sharing duties with the policemen...
  • Iraqi River Police: Force on the Water

    01/03/2009 12:08:15 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 315+ views
    BASRAH — Three days after graduating a multi-week training course, the first Iraqi Special Weapons and Tactics Tactical Response Team joined Coalition forces in a joint operation here. The river-focused force filled vital overwatch positions, and maintained active security and communications with Iraqi Police and Army units as well as with Coalition units. “This demonstrates the capability of this force, and how their training prepared them for real-world missions,” said a Coalition advisor to the TRT. The TRT is a new capability for Iraq allowing the Police to have a specially trained cadre skilled in the art of maritime and...
  • Marines empower Iraqi Police to help Iraqi citizens

    01/02/2009 12:08:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 295+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Capt. Paul Greenberg, USMC
    AL-ANBAR PROVINCE, Iraq — Marines from 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5 and Police Transition Team 4 teamed up Dec. 26 to help Iraqi Police from the Port of Waleed to form good relationships with their new neighbors in the town of Walej. Over the past six months, nomadic shepherds and their families, destitute from drought and disease which ravaged their herds, were forced to move from the desert into the town of Walej. Located in a remote region of western al-Anbar province near the Syrian border, Walej was an Iraqi Army compound prior to 2003. It...
  • Anbar River Police Stand Ready

    12/28/2008 7:47:27 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 304+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Shawn Coolman, Regimental Combat Team – 5
    Trainees run ashore after practicing an insert technique during al-Anbar Iraqi River Police training, Lake Thar Thar, Iraq, Dec. 21, 2008. Photo by Cpl. Shawn Coolman, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs. LAKE THAR THAR -- Al-Anbar Iraqi River Police officers aced their final exam. Select Iraqi Policemen here with the Anbar Iraqi River Police force, which was established to patrol the local waterways independently from Coalition forces, finished a week-long certification course, Dec. 21. This was the first class taught by the Navy “River Rats” of Detachment 3, Riverine Squadron 1, Regimental Combat Team 5 on Lake Thar Thar.In this...
  • 13 killed in Iraqi police shootout with Qaeda prisoners

    12/26/2008 10:58:05 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies · 716+ views
    AFP ^ | 10 hours ago | AFP
    RAMADI, Iraq (AFP) — Six Iraqi policemen and seven Al-Qaeda militants were killed when the militants attempted a pre-dawn breakout from a police station in the western city of Ramadi, police said."During an exchange of fire between prisoners trying to escape and police officers in the station, six policemen and seven prisoners were killed," provincial police chief Tareq al-Dulaimi said.Three prisoners managed to escape and one was re-arrested, Dulaimi said, adding that another four policemen were wounded in the shootout that occurred at 2 am (2300 GMT Thursday) at Forsan police station in the centre of Ramadi.Ramadi police have imposed...
  • Sons of Iraq Members Transition to Join Iraqi Police Force in Adhamiyah

    12/23/2008 4:12:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 283+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Zach Mott, USA
    Former Sons of Iraq members now serving as an Iraqi policemen in Suleikh speak about the improvements of being an IP versus an SoI while on a break at Joint Security Station Suleikh in northeastern Baghdad, Dec. 21. Photo by Sgt. Zachary Mott. SULEIKH — Fifty former members of the Sons of Iraq program are now protecting the streets of Suleikh wearing the bright blue uniform of Iraqi Police officers. The men, along with more than 400 other former members of the much publicized SoI program from Baghdad’s Adhamiyah District, are now Iraqi policemen charged with protecting the streets and...
  • VIDEO - MUST see - connecting the dots: Obama, Rezko, Iraq money

    10/24/2008 11:07:56 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 27 replies · 1,845+ views
    MetaCafe ^ | 10-24-08
    According to the linked page: "Unnamed freelance journalist has the goods on Obama and Rezko"
  • Iraqi Police Officers Graduate Leadership Development Course

    12/01/2008 3:54:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 257+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Jerry Saslav, USA
    Sgt. Abdul Ibrahim, a U.S. Military Policeman, gives Iraqi Police Capt. Hussain Hawaysh some marksmanship pointers during the Iraqi Police Leadership Development Course, Nov. 26, 2008. Photo by Sgt. Jerry Saslav, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs. JSS SULEIKH — Thirteen Iraqi Policemen (IP), a mix of officers and senior sergeants, gathered here in Baghdad’s Adhamiyah District for their final training session, Nov. 26. The men were preparing for a weapons familiarization course prior to graduating from the Iraqi Police Leadership Development Course taught by Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers.“We [the 18th Military Police Brigade] felt that some of the IP...
  • Iraqi National Police Strive to Serve, Protect Baghdad's Residents

    11/25/2008 3:50:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 275+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Capt. Brett Walker, USA
    Iraqi national policemen from the 2nd Battalion, 7th Brigade, 2nd NP Division, Civil Affairs Team, gather with Iraqi children from an elementary school in the Doura community of southern Baghdad Nov. 20. The NPs are part of a freshly formed CA Team created by Soldiers from Company D, 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, attached to the 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad. U.S. Army photo. FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON — The Iraqi National Police, dedicated to enforcing Baghdad’s rule of law, introduced civil capacity and municipality improvement to their skills set working...
  • Iraqi Police, U.S. Soldiers Provide Humanitarian Aid in Baghdad

    11/24/2008 1:58:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 248+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Jeremy Todd, USA
    Iraqi children thank an Iraqi Policeman with smiles after receiving a case of bottled water in the 9 Nissan district of eastern Baghdad, Nov. 20, 2008. Photo by Sgt. Jeremy Todd, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs. FOB RUSTAMIYAH — Iraqi Police (IP) officers and U.S. Soldiers attached to 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, teamed up to distribute humanitarian aid to those who needed the assistance in eastern Baghdad, Nov 20. The IP and Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, attached to 4th BCT, 10th...
  • Sons of Iraq Complete First Phase of Iraqi Police Training

    11/10/2008 3:16:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 123+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Lt. Col. Michael Indovina, USA
    More than 1000 Sons of Iraq completed their first phase of Iraqi Police Basic Recruit Training, Nov. 6, 2008, at the al Furat Iraqi Police Training. Photo by Lt. Col. Michael Indovina, 18th Military Police Brigade. BAGHDAD — More than 1,000 former Sons of Iraq (SoI) recently completed their first phase of training at the al Furat Iraqi Police (IP) Training Center here. To kick off the program, 608 SoI registered for the training Oct. 31. Now with the first phase of training completed, 1,031 SoI are integrated into the IP training program. The second phase of training began Nov....
  • Sons of Iraq Screened at Iraqi Police Recruiting Drive

    11/09/2008 12:19:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 106+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Brian Addis, USA
    JSS HOR AL BASH — Now that the Sons of Iraq have transitioned to Government of Iraq control, many will head to jobs in the Iraqi Army and Police, and recruiting drives are helping to make that a possibility. The most recent recruiting drive occurred Nov. 4 in Hor al Bash, northwest of Baghdad, thanks to the efforts of Soldiers from Company B “Hammer,” 52nd Infantry, attached to 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry “Strykehorse,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team “Warrior,” 25th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad. On the recommendations of Sawa sheiks, 186 Sons of Iraq members traveled to here...
  • Haditha’s police chief called hero, ‘gunslinger’

    11/07/2008 5:58:13 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 2 replies · 469+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | November 9, 2008 | Jimmy Norris
    HADITHA, Iraq — Some describe Haditha’s police chief, Col. Faroq Taih Hardan, as a heroic figure, and one of the only Iraqis in Haditha willing to stand up to insurgents at the height of violence in the region. Others describe him as a strongman who ignores local laws and uses bullying tactics to advance his own position. Police Transition Team commander Capt. Scott Newton describes Faroq as a "gunslinger" who’s struggling to adapt to a more stable environment. Faroq took charge of Haditha’s police force in 2006, but helped lead the fight against insurgents in the area much earlier than...
  • Sons of Iraq Members Screened for Iraqi Police Force

    11/05/2008 4:42:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 245+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Cerone Waddy, USA
    CAMP TAJI — Soldiers from Multi-National Division – Baghdad (MND-B) hosted an Iraqi Police (IP) recruiting drive here at Combat Out Post Falahat for Sons of Iraq (SoI) members, Oct. 30. Since the government of Iraq (GoI) took control of the SoI, many of its members look to pursue positions with the local IP or elsewhere within the Iraqi security forces (ISF). Coalition forces, along with the GoI, came to an agreement to transition many SoI guards into ISF positions. Local leaders were asked to select potential candidates for the selection process. “We asked the sheiks to select their best...
  • Iraqi Border Enforcement Course Graduates 1,538 New Officers

    10/03/2008 4:20:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 245+ views
    BAGHDAD — The Iraq ministry of interior’s Division of Border Enforcement graduated 1,538 border police in September, one of its highest monthly graduation rates this year. With the new graduates, the border police surpassed an assigned strength of 43,000. The graduating classes included 1,173 basic recruits. The border police graduates completed specialized skills training such as non-commissioned officer and platoon sergeant schools, and courses in internal affairs, immigration, and patrol tactics. “The Division of Border Enforcement now includes 13 brigades with 51 battalions, along with the Coast Guard for guarding Iraq’s ports and coastline,” said Ashford Mohammed, the DBE’s CPATT/DOIA...
  • Iraqi Police Work to Change Image, Focus in Wasit

    10/03/2008 4:12:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 185+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Daniel T. West, USA
    Iraqi Police officers speak to a woman outside the Izza station in al Kut, Sept. 17, 2008. Photo by Sgt. Daniel West, Multi-National Division-Central. FOB DELTA — Iraqi Police (IP) in Wasit province are transforming their force from a paramilitary police force to a more traditional one, changing a structure left over from Saddam Hussein’s regime. The restructuring, a directive from the national ministry of the interior, aims to place IPs in positions to exploit their greatest strengths.“We assign IPs with military backgrounds to the special response teams and the checkpoints,” said Brig. Gen. Alawy Hussein Alsaray. “Those who have...
  • 704 new Iraqi police men and women graduate in Ashraf (Diyala)

    09/19/2008 7:03:06 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 4 replies · 143+ views
    MNF-Iraq ^ | September 18, 2008 | Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq
    Jubilant Iraqi Police graduates jumped with joy as they graduated from Ashraf Training Center Wednesday in Diyala.  There were 704 graduates, including 21 females who were the first women to graduate from the Ashraf facility and join the Iraqi Police.“They were incredibly happy, jumping and singing about Diyala,” said Scott Johnson of AFN, who helped cover the ceremony.“This is one of the happiest days of my life.  I have always dreamed of becoming an Iraqi Policeman,” said Ali, one of the graduates.Iraqi Police Maj. Gen. Abdul, acting provincial director of police in Diyala, congratulated the graduates for their commitment to...
  • Iraqi Police Transition to Baghdad’s First Line of Defense

    09/14/2008 3:09:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 139+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Daniel Blottenberger, USA
    BAGHDAD — A large Iraqi security force (ISF) convoy, which included several Iraqi Army Humvees, exited the international zone in Baghdad at midday, Sept. 10, 2008. At the front and back of the convoy was an Iraqi Police (IP) patrol vehicle providing escort security for the convoy. “That says something in itself,” said Capt. Nathan Brookshire, a Military Police commander, while viewing the long line of Humvees exiting the international zone. “Iraqi Police pulling security for an Iraqi Army convoy, you don’t see that every day.” At least you don’t in Baghdad, where until recent months the local populace security...
  • Iraqi Police Continue to Grow in Baghdad

    09/07/2008 1:01:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 256+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Matthew Vanderboegh, USA
    While a Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldier searches a vehicle, an Iraqi policeman pulls security in the northwestern Baghdad community of Ghazaliyah, Iraq, Aug. 29, 2008. Photo by Sgt. Matthew Vanderboegh, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs. BAGHDAD --- During a joint patrol with Iraqi Police, Capt. Michael Kolton, a native of Fairfax Station, Va., stopped to talk with a group of men standing in the shade of a cluster of trees. The conversation went from questions regarding security, to the future of Iraq, elections and the Iraqi Police. “The Iraqi people would rather have Iraqis fix their own problems,”...
  • Iraqi Suicide Bomber Kills 28

    08/26/2008 9:50:12 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 6 replies · 204+ views
    RFE/RL ^ | August 26, 2008 | Staff
    BAGHDAD -- A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of Iraqi police recruits, killing 28 people and wounding 45, police said. It was the biggest attack for weeks in Iraq, where which has been enjoying some of its lowest levels of violence in four years. It came amid Iraqi efforts to conclude a security deal with the United States that would allow American forces to leave Iraq by the end of 2011. A police source said the bomber, wearing an explosive vest, struck a large crowd lining up to apply to join the police in the town of...
  • Special Transition Teams Assist, Develop Iraqi Police Systems

    08/17/2008 1:51:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 74+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Daniel Blottenberger, USA
    BAGHDAD — In January 2008, Multi-National Division – Baghdad’s 18th Military Police Brigade developed a new method to further improve the surging Iraqi police force by implementing the enhanced Police Transition Teams to concentrate on supporting IP systems in Baghdad. The ePTT is a group of Soldiers who have subject matter expertise in: personnel, communications and logistic operations and techniques in support of large organizations; their mission is to assess the IP organization and provide assistance to better the organizational management of the IPs in these areas. Since then, the ePTTs have been embedding with the IP force at the...
  • New Police Station Opens in Southwestern Baghdad

    08/14/2008 4:46:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 105+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Brent Williams, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq, Aug. 14, 2008 – Leaders from Iraqi security forces and Multinational Division Baghdad came together Aug. 12 for the grand opening of a new landmark in local security for Iraqis in southwestern Baghdad. Brig. Gen. Yousef Kadhim, commander of the Iraqi Police Rashid District headquarters, speaking on behalf of the Police Forces Command al-Karkh and Iraq’s Ministry of Interior, addresses local leaders, sheiks and Iraqi security forces attending the grand opening of the Radwaniyah Police Station in Baghdad’s Rashid district, Aug. 12, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brent Williams, Multinational Division Baghdad  (Click...
  • Iraqi Police Enforce Rule of Law in Former ‘Triangle of Death’

    08/03/2008 5:19:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 210+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Daniel Blottenberger, USA
    CAMP VICTORY — Coalition forces once named the predominantly Sunni area in central Iraq, consisting of the cities of Yusuifiyah, Mahmudiyah, Iskandariyah and Latifiyah, the “Triangle of Death.” The troop surge initiated in 2007 neutralized much of the area enabling Iraqi Security Forces to take a leading role in the securing the region. An uprising there in March raised concerns and directed attention to the Iraqi Security Forces operating in that area; Coalition forces feared the ISF would struggle to maintain rule of law in the communities. “We got word that special group members were going to be coming down...
  • Iraqi Police Officers Graduate First ‘Train-the-Trainer’ Class (Another step closer to the end)

    08/01/2008 4:45:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 134+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Dustin Weidman, USA
    BAGHDAD — The room was dark and quiet as the insurgents were planning their next attack, surrounded by weapons and explosives, when the door is kicked open and members of the Iraqi Police flood into the room, “Get down on the ground,” the insurgents were caught red-handed. The date is July 24, 2008, and it is graduation day, for the members of this Iraqi Police attack force, and the scenario was their final exam in the Iraqi Police Master Trainer Program. The “insurgents,” were played by their instructors from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division...
  • Baghdad Police College Graduates Largest Class Ever of 1,698

    07/22/2008 5:00:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 68+ views
    BAGHDAD — 1,698 officers, the largest class ever, graduated from the Ministry of Interior’s Baghdad Police College here July 20 and took the loyalty oath to uphold the rule of law and protect the citizens of Iraq. The new course is known as the 1st Qualification Course. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki spoke of this initiative during Basrah operations as a means to promote both reconciliation and new jobs for former government employees and other recruits who met the qualifications. To become lieutenants in the police force, the graduates must complete the retraining and certification in the four-month course. Most were...
  • Iraqi SWAT Air Assault Nets Six

    07/19/2008 7:44:02 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 145+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Rick Rzepka, USA
    SALAH AD DIN PROVINCE — Whooping and whistling like children on a roller coaster ride, Iraqi Police soared through the sun-soaked July sky on their way home from a successful mission. Their enthusiasm was not borne of the high-speed helicopter ride, but of the hard day’s work, which helped save the lives of countless Iraqi citizens. In the predawn hours of July 12, Iraqi Police, along with Soldiers from the 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conducted an air assault into the arid farmlands north of Balad. Throughout the burning July morning, the Iraqi SWAT...
  • Texarkana Police Officer reports on experiences building police forces in Iraq

    07/14/2008 8:22:52 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies · 103+ views
    KTXK-FM ^ | 7/11 and 7/14/08
    Here are a couple nice interviews with Marine Major John Cowarts regarding his experiences in Iraq Interview, part 1 Interview, part 2
  • Five dead in western Iraq bombing

    07/11/2008 6:27:33 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 110+ views
    BBC ^ | 9 July 2008 | Staff
    A bomb has exploded in the western Iraqi city of Falluja, killing four policemen and a civilian, police say. Fifteen people were injured in the blast outside a bank in the city. Falluja was at the centre of the Sunni Muslim insurgency following the US-led invasion of Iraq, until local tribes turned against al-Qaeda militants. The casualties were people who were inspecting the scene of an earlier blast when the second explosion was detonated, police said. Police did not say who was behind the attack, but al-Qaeda remnants in Anbar province are often blamed for such bombings. The US military...
  • General Welcomes Challenge of Building Up Iraqi Police

    07/02/2008 5:50:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 52+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy, USA
    WASHINGTON, July 2, 2008 – Lasting security in Iraq is one of the top challenges facing those in the country and one of the benchmarks for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the region, a senior military officer said today. One way to attain lasting security is through a well-trained and professional police force, Army Maj. Gen. Jerry Cannon of the Michigan National Guard’s 46th Military Police Command, said in a teleconference with online journalists and bloggers today. Deployed to Iraq and assigned as the director general for the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team, Cannon oversees all aspects of training...
  • Thousands Endure Storm to Become IP

    06/20/2008 5:05:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 122+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Daniel Blottenberger, USA
    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...
  • Iraqi Army, Police Conduct First All-ISF Search Mission

    06/19/2008 4:47:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 22 replies · 340+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Matt Meadows, USA
    An Iraqi national policeman assigned to 8th Brigade, 2nd National Police Division, uses his rifle to search debris for weapons and explosive materials during a cordon and search operation in the Beladiyat area of eastern Baghdad, June 10. Along with Iraqi army soldiers, national police detained 23 suspects and confiscated illegal weapons, including 62 AK-47 rifles, six Simonov rifles, four pistols and two artillery shells prepared as improvised explosive devices in Muhalla 740. Photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Meadows. FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY — For Iraqi national police officers and Iraqi army soldiers, conducting cordon and search missions is nothing...
  • Iraqi police detain three Special Groups operatives behind 2007 Karbala attack

    06/11/2008 3:52:30 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 12 replies · 182+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 06/11/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Iraqi police have captured three Iranian-backed Special Groups operatives behind the kidnapping and murder of five US soldiers at the Karbala Provincial Joint Coordination Center in January 2007. Meanwhile, US troops captured another Special Groups leader in the Al Kut region, The Iraqi police captured the three "key criminals" behind the 2007 Karbala attack in Musayyib, just south of Baghdad, on June 5. The three Special Groups operatives are "suspected of trafficking and emplacing explosively formed projectiles." Explosively formed projectiles are the signature weapon of Shia terrorists with links to Iran. The US military immediately suspected Iran's Qods Force, the...