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Election Rehearsal conducted in Diyala Province

Forward Operating Base Warhourse, Ba'qubah, Iraq
-- Leaders from the 1st Infantry Division and Iraqi Security Forces gathered here Jan. 20 to prepare for and set the conditions for a successful election process in Diyala Province.

Third Brigade Combat Team Commander Col. Dana J.H. Pittard explained that the meeting was necessary in order to coordinate the efforts of Iraqi Security Forces and Multi-National Forces.

"We've been preparing for a while, hoping to improve security at the polling sites and trying to encourage maximum participation," said 32nd Iraqi Army Brigade Commander, Brig Gen. Ha'ad Ibrahim Ali Mohammad Al Timimi. "The main issue is to discover weak points and figure out how to correct them."

Lt. Gen. Abd-Azziz, 4th Iraqi Army Division Commander, which covers the northern Iraqi provinces, explained that improving the security situation was crucial to increasing public confidence and ensuring a good turn-out.

 

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