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U.S. Counts on Sheiks to Help in Ramadi

If a murder or serious crime is committed in this insurgency-plagued city of 400,000, the governor of the surrounding Anbar province offers this advice: don’t bother calling the police. In Ramadi, it’s local sheiks who more often get results. And with their blessing, the drive to recruit an effective police force is finally gaining steam. Former officers and newcomers have signed up by the hundreds in the last two months, a windfall compared with similar efforts last year that produced on a handful of new police. Full Story

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