Images: City council meeting in Haditha [Image 8 of 307]
Security, safety, and quality of life - three key elements to the continuing progress in this region along the Iraqi-Syrian border in Iraq's Al Anbar Province. Once a week, local sheiks and city officials meet with Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces officials in Husaybah, Iraq, to discuss these topics and overall progress in this region along the Euphrates River. Here, Lt. Col. Nicholas F. Marano, commanding officer for the Twentynine Palms, Calif.-based 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, listens to a local sheik's concerns during a town-hall style regional council meeting April 15, 2006. "The meetings are important because it let's us talk about problems in our town and we can find solutions," said a 44-year-old sheik from the town of Sa'dah, through an interpreter.