Monday, March 26, 2007

Pacified: Saddam's home town of Tikrit

File this one under: all the news the MSM feels fit to embargo.

You know that Tikrit place we all heard so much about right? Hotbed of insurgency, rabidly anti-American and pro-Saddam, right? Heart of the Sunni Triangle, right?

Not so much anymore it would seem.
[...]In which province are you currently deployed (if you can tell)?

I am deployed in the Saladin Province. The area that my unit operates in is relatively calm but there is still a threat. There are people that are taking advantage of the situation for personal gain, but the Iraqi Police in this area are stepping up to that challenge more and more every day.
(NOTE: Salah ad-Din includes Tikrit and Samarra - two formerly very anti-American areas.)

How do the Iraqi civilians view/treat you and your soldiers?

We are generally well received by the civilians in this area. Coalition Forces do not have as large a presence in this area as in some other places in Iraq, but the locals are used to seeing us and treat us well[...]
H/T Black Five

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