Diyala Provincial Council Hosts Peace Day II
Diyala Provincial Government Building, Ba'qbah, Iraq --The Diyala Provincial Council hosted a Peace Day Jan. 27 -- an event aimed at quelling violence in the province and encouraging participation the upcoming elections.
The event drew a crowd of about 65 local government leaders, sheikhs, clerics, former Baathists and other Diyala Province residents.
On hand to field questions and grievances were Diyala Deputy Governor Ghassan Abbas Jassim, Interim Electoral Commission of Iraq Director Amer Latef, Diyala Police Chief Col. Adel Muhlan Ghidan and Diyala Province Military Advisory Committee President Mohammad Hamad Al Obaydi.
In hopes of separating them from hardened terrorists, local insurgents were encouraged to attend and offered an opportunity to apply for amnesty for all crimes except murder. Several took advantage of the opportunity and signed pledges of non-violence.
The 3rd Brigade Combat Team Commander Col. Dana J.H. Pittard also attended the event and addressed the gathering.
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