Wednesday, March 30, 2005


Iraq has expanded its security responsibility to the worst areas of the Sunni Triangle as successful coalition raids have devastated insurgency bases and dispelled the atmosphere of fear that stymied cooperation by the local population.

So far, about 100 insurgents have been captured in Samara in March, officials said. They said many of them were arrested based on tips from Samara residents.

"The people of Samara used to be afraid of the anti-Iraqi forces," Iraqi Gen. Rashid Adnan, commander of the 1st Brigade police commandos, said. "They couldn't tell us any information. Now their fear is gone."