• Approximately 1000 tribal leaders, government leaders, Iraqi military leaders and senior Army leaders gathered together at the second installment of the Northwest Baghdad Regional Security Summit at an Iraqi Police station in Nassir Wa Salam, Iraq, Dec. 6.

    Approximately 1000 tribal leaders, government...

    Approximately 1000 tribal leaders, government leaders, Iraqi military leaders and senior Army leaders gathered together at the second installment of the Northwest Baghdad Regional Security Summit at an Iraqi Police station in Nassir Wa Salam, Iraq...

  • Col. Paul E. Funk II (left), commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division discusses the advancements of security in the area with a local tribal leader and Lt. Col. Kurt Pinkerton, commander of 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment during the second installment of the Northwest Baghdad Regional Security Summit held at an Iraqi Police station in Nassir Wa Salam, Iraq, Dec. 6.  This is the new step in the reconciliation process has been designed to ensure the self-sustainment of Iraq.

    Col. Paul E. Funk II (left), commander of 1st...

    Col. Paul E. Funk II (left), commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division discusses the advancements of security in the area with a local tribal leader and Lt. Col. Kurt Pinkerton, commander of 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment during...

  • Iraqi Police Brig. Gen. Kareem Muhammed Al-Aubaidy (left), the Abu Gharib Iraqi Police commander and area sheiks discuss security successes during the second installment of the Northwest Baghdad Regional Summit held at an IP Station in Nassir Wa Salam, Iraq on Dec. 6.  The meeting discussed the advancements in unifying the government to the people of the community.

    Iraqi Police Brig. Gen. Kareem Muhammed...

    Iraqi Police Brig. Gen. Kareem Muhammed Al-Aubaidy (left), the Abu Gharib Iraqi Police commander and area sheiks discuss security successes during the second installment of the Northwest Baghdad Regional Summit held at an IP Station in Nassir Wa Salam...

CAMP TAJI, Iraq -Sheiks of all tribes, Iraqi Army and police leaders, representatives of the Iraqi government and leaders from the 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division and Multi-National Division-Baghdad gathered at an Iraqi Police station in Nassir Wa Salam, Iraq to discuss further steps to advance bringing the region back to the government of Iraq during the Northwest Baghdad Regional Security Summit Dec 6.

Approximately 1,000 sheiks and local leaders attended the second installment of a series of reconciliation meetings that have taken place between the Sunni and Shia sheiks in the 1st Cavalry Division's area of operations. Tribal and governmental leadership from Abu Ghraib, Fallujah, Tarmiyah, and the Anbar province came together to meet with senior leaders from the Baghdad provincial government, national government and the Iraqi Security Forces.

The meeting was recognized by representatives of the prime minister, councilmen, senior Iraqi tribal and military leaders as well as the national party, Iraq Awakening.

"This meeting is a great opportunity to bring together local leaders, tribal leaders and government leaders to speak with the national and provincial government to develop solutions to the problems in the area." said Boulder, Colo., native Maj. Geoffrey Norman, executive officer, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cav. Div. "It affords them the opportunity to exchange dialogue on how to move forward and rid the community of the cancer of extremism."

The gathering focused on the development of a security sustained by Iraqi security forces supported by the government allowing Coalition Forces to shift away from direct involvement in security to focusing on the efforts for establishing essential services headed by Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Teams.

"The people of this community and the government have demonstrated their willingness to serve," said Lt. Col. Kurt Pinkerton, commander of 2-5 Cavalry. "That's the reason security is the way it is, the people are willing to serve. This is the beginning of unity."

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