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City council meeting in Haditha

An Iraqi soldier screens an elderly man in the western Al Anbar Province town of Ubaydi, Iraq, where Iraqi soldiers are in charge of providing security for the town's medical facility under the close supervision of U.S. Marines from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. Iraqi police and soldiers need to have a more prominent role in leading security operations, according to local Iraqi leadership in this region of western Al Anbar Province along the Iraqi-Syrian border. "We need to see the Army and police protecting our law," said one sheik from Karabilah, Iraq. Once a week, local sheiks and city officials meet with Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces officials in Husaybah, Iraq - a small town near the Iraqi-Jordanian border - to discuss security, reconstruction projects and overall progress in this region along the Euphrates River. Still, several of the sheiks in the meeting said they feel security is improving in the region, which has seen its fair share of violence since 2003 when Coalition Forces forced Saddam Hussein out of power. "We can say now that the situation is good and the people feel safe, but many people are still worried about the cleanup of destroyed buildings," said one tribal leader.

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