• Sgt. James Alexander, from the Region 2 Border Transition Team, pulls security during a stop. His convoy is traveling from Al Asad to Ar'Ar, Iraq.

    Protecting the Way to Mecca

    Sgt. James Alexander, from the Region 2 Border Transition Team, pulls security during a stop. His convoy is traveling from Al Asad to Ar'Ar, Iraq.

  • Gunnery Sgt. Scott Stalker refuels the vehicle during a tactical stop en route to Ar'Ar, Iraq. Marine Capt. Daniel Sanchez provides security, along with Army Sgt. Alexander (inside the vehicle in previous photo).

    Protecting the Way to Mecca

    Gunnery Sgt. Scott Stalker refuels the vehicle during a tactical stop en route to Ar'Ar, Iraq. Marine Capt. Daniel Sanchez provides security, along with Army Sgt. Alexander (inside the vehicle in previous photo).

  • Miles later, the vehicle makes another tactical stop.

    Protecting the Way to Mecca

    Miles later, the vehicle makes another tactical stop.

  • Iraqi border guards render a salute as the Soldiers and Marines arrive at a border fort in Ar'Ar, Iraq, along the Saudi Arabian border. Ar'Ar is the only authorized entry in Iraq for pilgrims making the journey to Mecca.

    Protecting the Way to Mecca

    Iraqi border guards render a salute as the Soldiers and Marines arrive at a border fort in Ar'Ar, Iraq, along the Saudi Arabian border. Ar'Ar is the only authorized entry in Iraq for pilgrims making the journey to Mecca.

  • The sun sets behind the headquarters building for the border guards.

    Protecting the Way to Mecca

    The sun sets behind the headquarters building for the border guards.

  • Spc. Alejandro Robles inspects the border area as Iraqi border guards watch.

    Protecting the Way to Mecca

    Spc. Alejandro Robles inspects the border area as Iraqi border guards watch.

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