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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2007

V CORPS LEADERS JOIN WITH U.S., IRAQI


COUNTERPARTS FOR OPERATIONS CONFERENCE
By Sgt. Lance Wail
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A senior Iraqi police official and a V Corps brigade commander

headed up a joint operations meeting here aimed at improving conditions in the

city's Monsour and Ghazaliyah neighborhoods.

Col. M. J. Abdillameer, commander of

Iraqi National Police headquarters in the

Kahdra area of Baghdad, and Col. J. B.

Burton, commander of the 2nd Brigade,

1st Infantry Division, led the March 27


SGT LANCE WAIL
U.S. and Iraqi commanders and leaders listen to meeting of U.S. and Iraqi security forces
briefings on current operations during a joint meeting at
the Iraqi National Police Headquarters March 27. officials who gathered to iron out issues,

improve engineering operations, and

discuss insurgent activity during current operations.

While the list of items for discussion included everyday matters such as the

continuing need for cleaning crews and providing security for trash and sewage

workers, the discussion eventually turned to violence in the city.


Lt. Col. Avanulas Smiley, commander of the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry, 3rd Stryker

Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, explained what his battalion has

accomplished to increase security in his unit's area of responsibility, detailing a

recent incident in which a small weapons cache was found and several suspects were

detained for questioning.

The meeting was attended by Iraqi and U.S. brigade- and battalion-level

commanders, who presented briefings on their current missions to help paint a

complete picture of operations inside the city and outlined their specific goals in

those operations.

Burton said the commanders are determined to end sectarian violence and improve

conditions in Iraq.

“We need to get beyond the religion," he said. "As my friend Col. Abdillameer says,

we need to commit ourselves to Iraq.”