Ad Duluiyah is a city of about 50,000 people and 60 miles north of Baghdad. Sometimes it seems that all of the best and worst of life in post-major conflict Iraq can be found in Ad-Duluiyah. The town is made up of crumbling mud, brick and concrete buildings, yet some of these buildings are being freshly painted and repaired. There are men and women who will smile and wave as U.S. soldiers pass, and others who turn their backs or glare. There are children who scream and cheer with delight when they see the MPs' humvees driving towards them, and others who spit, give a thumbs down sign or throw rocks. And there is the enemy. The enemy who attacks day or night, then vanishes into the maze of buildings, narrow alleys and shadows.
Now, however, they are confronted by U.S. soldiers and armed Iraqis who are working together to guard and protect the town and its people. Military police officers from the 64th MP Company have been conducting joint patrols with local police in Ad-Duluiyah since 04 June 2003. The 4th Infantry Division and supporting units from Task Force Ironhorse concluded an extensive raid on June 12 as part of Operation Peninsula Strike, involving thousands of soldiers. The operation led to the capture of approximately 400 detainees and the seizure of numerous weapons systems and ammunition.
The goal of the joint patrols has been to establish the authority and credibility of the local police force, as well as to provide a safe and secure environment in the town. A company of soldiers from Moldavia began working in Ad-Duluiyah with 4th Infantry Division and 64th MP Company soldiers in late 2003. When U.S. soldiers work along side international and local forces, it sends an important message to the Iraqi people.
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