Dear Interested Readers,
The most interesting story of today is the continuing Rule of Law training of Iraqi Judges, a joint venture by the United Nations, the U. S. State Dept., and the 3rd ID. It's also nice to see the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visit the Province of Kirkuk where security has improved.
Multi-National Corps - Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342
March 3, 2008
Alleged al Qaeda-in-Iraq leader detained in Doura
BAGHDAD - Following numerous tips, Iraqi SF and MND-B Soldiers conducted an op at a home in Doura, March 1, and detained a man believed to be an al-Qaeda- in-Iraq cell member with ties to IED and indirect fire attacks.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visits MND-N
Adm. Mullen, greets a local Iraqi child during a patrol. Mullen visited the market of Hawija as part of a visit to MND - North.
Adm. Mullen talks to local leaders of an Iraqi police academy near the city of Kirkuk March 2. Mullen visited the academy as part of a tour of MND - North.
Adm. Mullen talks to Soldiers of 1-10th Mtn Div during a visit to FOB McHenry in the Kirkuk Province March 2.
Positive results drive expansion of Rule of Law training for Iraqi judges
BAGHDAD - A joint venture by the United Nations, U.S. State Department and 3rd ID to train and equip Iraqi judges on info technology was so well received in its first iteration, a second round of computer training is now underway at the request of the Iraqi judiciary.
The program, first implemented in summer and fall 2007, familiarizes the judges with laptop computers loaded with software containing ninety years of Iraqi legal code. The judges receive hands-on training on the donated computers during group seminars conducted by members of 3rd ID's "Rule of Law" team.
The tools and software are intended to help the judges work through the country's backlog of criminal cases. "The systems and software installed previously were so well-received that requests for additional systems came in non-stop," said Spc. Wallis Lacey, who is a primary trainer for the Iraqi judges and lawyers. "This computer automation is much better than tracking the legal code on an out-moded, paper-driven system."
The software gives the judges a baseline of legal code and precedent to work from in a system that, under Saddam Hussein, had stagnated and was greatly abused. Freed from intimidation, the judges are now trying to stabilize prosecuting and trying cases.
Spc. Wallis Lacey, Rule of Law paralegal, a primary trainer for the Iraqi judges and lawyers, assists a judge with his new laptop.
Traffic police find IED; IP, IA detain possible suspect
BAGHDAD - Iraqi Traffic Police found an IED on a foot bridge in the Karada district of eastern Baghdad, and alerted Iraqi SF in the area March 2.
The National Police (NP) and Iraqi Army (IA) detained a suspect who they believe placed the IED. The suspect appeared to be fleeing the scene. The suspect's vehicle was also confiscated.