Friday, September 21, 2007

The Iraqi National Police winning the hearts and minds

An excerpt from a story about the National Police- we train the brigades- one level below the division headquarters referred to in this piece-

Iraqi Soldiers Arrest A Top Police Official

Los Angeles Times
September 21, 2007

The intelligence officer is accused of ordering the arrest and torture of Sunnis in Baghdad on behalf of Shiite militias.

By Sam Enriquez,
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer,1,3193185.story?coll=la-headlines-world&track=crosspromo

BAGHDAD — -- Iraqi soldiers arrested a high-ranking federal police official Thursday on suspicion of targeting Sunni Arabs in the capital for arrest and torture on behalf of radical Shiite militias, as well as for ransom.

The arrest underscored the country's deep sectarian divisions and concerns over the degree to which extremist groups have infiltrated Iraqi institutions responsible for protecting the public.
Col. Thamir Mohammed Ismail Husseini, also known as Abu Turab, was the intelligence officer for the 2nd National Police Division Headquarters. He is accused of directing federal officers to detain Sunnis at checkpoints in west Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

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