Photo Credit: Spc. L.B. Edgar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Roundup, Mont., native Col. Paul E. Funk II, commander of the 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, speaks with a local sheik in the village of Jubeb, near Abu Ghraib, Iraq Sept. 19. The meeting was part of a trend toward cooperation in Abu Ghraib, where an "awakening" of Sunni sheiks sparked the growth of a homegrown security force. These citizens grew tired of the violence of Sunni extremists in the area and took up arms in support of the Coalition.