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060121-M-0000A-016.jpg Photo By: Capt. Mike Alvarez

Jan 21, 2006
Col. Sha?ban Ubaydi, police chief for Baghdadi, Iraq, located just miles south of Haditha, received a ceremonial check from Maamoon Sami Rasheed al-Awani, Al Anbar governor, June 21, 2006. The check represented four-months of back-pay, which amounted to about $620,000, for the Baghadadi policemen who have worked for months without receiving pay until this day. In the stuffy room filled with local leaders, tribal sheikhs, Coalition and Iraqi Army officials, Ubaydi spoke of the officers who have lost their lives fighting for their community and the challenges his police force faces daily in the fight against terrorists. He also stated that he is willing to serve anywhere in Iraq to provide security for his country ? indicative of the dedication he and his police officers have exhibited daily in fighting crime and terrorism for months without pay. Just months ago, Ubaydi?s brother was killed by a vehicle-born suicide bomber while turning insurgents over to Coalition Forces just outside Camp Al Asad ? a large U.S. military airbase located just west of Baghdadi. ?He gave his life for his brothers,? said Ubaydi in an interview just weeks after the attack.


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