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More than 500 insurgents have laid down their weapons in Balad

Balad, Iraq-
Since May 22, a total of 506 suspected insurgents in Balad, a mixed Sunni-Shia area of over a 100,000 about an hour north of Baghdad, have reconciled with U.S. forces.

On May 22, and the following two days, there was a mass surrender of over 200 men to coalition forces at Patrol Base Palawoda. The U.S. and Iraqi forces were taken by surprise at the amount of once wanted men turning themselves in at the heed of several key tribal leaders.

The new number of 506 has sparked interest on the blogsphere and satellite TV. What are the conditions that have prompted these men to lay down their arms?

The commander of 1st Squad/32nd Cavalry Regiment of 1st/101st ABN, who control security around Balad, had previously set deadlines for known insurgents to reconcile by. Reconciliation is a process in which insurgents meet with US and Iraqi forces to officially lay down their ar


Added: Jun-12-2008 
By: thelastmexican
Iraq, Middle East
Tags: insurgents, surrender, iraq
Location: Balad, Salah ad Din, Iraq (load item map)
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