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    Paramount Sheiks Sign Peace Agreement

    Paramount Sheiks Sign Peace Agreement

    Courtesy Photo | Sheik Ahmad Abdullah Hassooni (far left), Shimouri paramount sheik, and Sheik Thaer...... read more read more



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    Multi-National Corps Iraq Public Affairs

    Multi-National Division – North PAO

    TIKRIT, Iraq – In an effort to end tribal conflicts that have been occurring for decades, the paramount sheiks from the Karki and Shimouri tribes signed a peace agreement at the home of the Mujema tribal leader in Diyala province, Monday.

    Sheik Thaer Ghadban Ibrahim, Karki paramount sheik, and Sheik Ahmad Abdullah Hassooni, Shimouri paramount sheik, have been meeting for the past three months to work out grievances between tribes.

    By signing the agreement, the tribes promised to "consolidate and unify to battle all insurgents that penetrate among [their] tribes."

    "The people have no confidence in the terrorists' ways and ultimate goals for death and destruction," said Col. David W. Sutherland, 3rd Brigade Combat Team commander and senior U.S. Army officer in Diyala. "This initiative and agreement by the tribes shows their commitment to their people, this country's stability, and a positive vision for the future."

    Specifics of the agreement include freeing previous kidnapped victims and stopping all kidnapping and killing operations; stopping indirect-fire attacks; providing the Iraqi police any members of their tribes which may be linked to insurgent groups; supporting the Iraqi army and police against terrorists; and resolving farming issues among the tribes.

    "We are all with you against the terrorists," Ahmed said.

    After signing the agreement, Thaer and Ahmad placed their hand on the Koran to signify their commitment to the peace agreement.

    Within the upcoming months, more paramount sheiks are expected to meet and come to similar agreements toward peace.



    Date Taken: 05.02.2007
    Date Posted: 05.02.2007 10:39
    Story ID: 10208
    Location: TIKRIT, IQ

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