Shortly before 6 a.m. at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, 1st Sgt. Dave Meyer gave the mission brief to his soldiers: Patrol the streets, but keep a low profile. Don’t engage locals. Let Iraqis take the lead. “Hanging out,” said Meyer, 36. Until December, Meyer and his fellow soldiers in Charlie Company of the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry, had patrolled this part of western Baghdad, a heavily Sunni Muslim area bordered on the north by the poor Shiite Muslim neighborhood of Shula. At the end of the year, they had turned the territory over to an Iraqi battalion, predominantly Shiite. Full Story
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