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Senior Iraqi military Leaders Meet to Finalize Security for Elections

Mosul, Iraq
-- Iraqi military leaders met across northern Iraq on Jan. 20 to discuss security plans for the Jan. 30 elections.

Gen. Babakir, Chief of Staff of the Iraqi Armed Forces, Lt. Gen. Abdul Qater, Commander of the Iraqi Army, and Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus, Commanding General of the Multi-National Security Transition Command met in northern Iraq in order to hear election security plans from other Iraqi military leaders.

The group of Generals first met with Col. Mohammed, Commander of the Iraqi Commando Battalions at Forward Operating Base Blickenstaff. Col. Mohammed gave his assessment of the security situation for the elections to the Generals.

The Generals then traveled to Al Kindi where they met with Maj. Gen. Khalil, Commander of the 2nd Division Iraqi Army. Maj. Gen. Khalil also assessed the security situation in northern Iraq, and told of the different missions his unit has performed.

Following lunch at the Joint Coordination Center with local government officials, including Nineveh Governor Duraid Kashmoula and Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq representatives, the Generals traveled to Al Kasik. There they met with Maj. Gen. Khoursheed, Commander of the 3rd Division Iraqi Army, and Col. Thomas Thaler, Commander of Al Kasik Military Training Base. Maj. Gen. Khoursheed and Col. Thaler each assessed their forces' readiness for election time.

The meetings helped military forces operating in northern Iraq make their final security plans for the election.

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