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Security Forces in Kan'an Prepare for Upcoming Elections

Baqubah, Iraq
- Charlie Company, Task Force 82nd Engineer continues to work with the Iraqi Security forces to ensure that the Iraqi elections proceed as planned.

This election in January will determine the political party of the first Iraqi Congress. The political party will then appoint political representatives within the party to write the first Iraqi Constitution. The hard work of the local Kan'an security forces and Charlie Company will help the success of one of the most critical days in Iraqi history.

In the first week of January 2005, Capt. Scott L. Holland, Jr., Charlie Company Commander, met with the Kan'an Iraqi Army leadership at their headquarters in Kan'an, Iraq. He worked to ensure that the Iraqi Army and other Iraqi forces are completing the necessary coordination. Additionally, he addressed some of the more detailed plans to include the protection and setup at the election polling sites. This was one of many meetings between the security forces over the past few months.

The Kan'an Iraqi Army Company Commander, Capt. Jafare Khader, and his First Sergeant, First Sgt. Ali Amousa, participated in the bi-weekly Joint Security Working Group at Forward Operating Base Gabe.

During this meeting, Lt. Col. Gerald P. O'Connor, Task Force 82nd Engineer commander, chaired the discussion along with the Iraqi Army Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Ishmal Mohammed. All the surrounding cities also provided Iraqi Army and Police representatives.

This centralized meeting helps coordinate the Iraqi Army and Iraqi Police completing the final planning phases for the upcoming elections. The Kan'an leadership, along with the other Iraqi Security Force leaders, briefed their plans to the battalion commanders. This deliberate planning will help assist the execution of the election.

In smaller settings, local leaders also meet with the Charlie Company commander to ensure every detail is planned. Capt. Holland met with local city council members on Forward Operating Base Gabe on Jan. 10.

The council members identified the remaining work they must accomplish prior to the elections. Capt. Holland provided feedback on ways to help the success of the elections and how Task Force Danger Soldiers will help. The council members then took this information back to the Kan'an council members for execution.

These meetings throughout the last few months have required hard work on Iraqis and Coalition Forces alike. However, this dedication will help the Iraqi local government reach a democratic form of government. This thorough planning will allow the elections to proceed as scheduled and allow the Iraqis to vote in their first parliament.

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