Protecting the Way to Mecca

By Staff Sgt. Tyrone MarshallMarch 23, 2007

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.
1 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Tyrone Marshall) VIEW ORIGINAL
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).
2 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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). (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Tyrone Marshall) VIEW ORIGINAL
Miles later, the vehicle makes another tactical stop.
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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.
4 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Tyrone Marshall) VIEW ORIGINAL
The sun sets behind the headquarters building for the border guards.
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Spc. Alejandro Robles inspects the border area as Iraqi border guards watch.
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