Military Turns Farmers In Iraq

Did you read about this on CNN? No? You're kidding, right? (from DefenseLink)

Baghdad soldiers delivered an assortment of equipment and goods to the Muehla Agricultural Union, Oct. 9.

Refurbished tractors, seed spreaders and water pumps were among the items donated to the union as it begins to move from underneath the guidance of the soldiers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and starts earning profits on its own.

“Muehla is the template for success for rural areas of Iraq,” said Capt. Colin Brooks, commander, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment.

Muehla is a cradle for farming in the Babil province. Green pastures dominate the area, in Muehla alone, there are 650 farmers who represent more than 10,000 people. The area was known as a safe haven for terrorists in the past, and many rocket and mortar attacks against MND-B forces were carried out from inside the town, Brooks said.

Upon arriving in Iraq last December, Brooks and his soldiers immediately sat down with sheiks from the area to gauge their interests. While no one disputed the fact there were bad people in the area, and Company B would search for and detain individuals, Brooks wanted to open up dialogue with the influential leaders from the area and begin a positive relationship.

He said he quickly discovered farming was the key to stability in the area. With the Iraqis best interests in mind, he took on a major project by standing up an agricultural union that, in time, would provide all of the equipment and goods needed for the farmers of the area. By rounding up terrorists at night and meeting with sheiks and residents during the day, the transformation of Muehla from a terrorist safe haven to an example for the rest of rural Iraq was in full swing.

Wouldn't want anyone to know the good news out if Iraq, ya know. That would blow the Democrat/liberal/progressive/surrender monkeys argument that Iraq is lost, so we should run away.

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