Saturday, September 1, 2007

Infiltrated Police Unit Disbanded

Multi-National Force - Iraq:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi, National Police officers and Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers disbanded the Iraqi Police station in the western neighborhood of Khadra Aug. 29.

Iraqi Police officers at the station were given their last pay check and told to report to the central Baghdad Police Station for reassignment. The station was disbanded after the local Iraqi Police force failed to prevent insurgent and
criminal activity in the area.

Improvised explosive devices were often found no more than 100 meters from Khadra IP checkpoints on main roads throughout the neighborhood. The IP station’s inability to decrease crime led National Police authorities and Coalition
Forces to conclude that the policemen there were complacent with local insurgency efforts.

National Police from the 2nd Battalion, 5th Brigade, 2nd Iraqi National Police Division, with the help of Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, transformed the old Iraqi Police station into a National Police outpost. A joint security station already exists in the Khadra neighborhood, where National Police and Coalition Forces work side by side.
Good bye, and good riddance.

UPDATE: Fox News has picked up the story.