Iraqi Police Restore Order at Poll Site Protest
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2005 Iraqi police responded to a Dec. 15 protest that temporarily closed a polling site northeast of Dwar, Iraq, military officials reported today.
The demonstrators were upset about non-local workers being hired to work at the polling site, officials said. The police were able to resolve the protest peacefully and help reopen the polling site about an hour after the morning call came in. No injuries or damages were reported.
Coalition aircraft flew 68 close-air-support missions Dec. 15 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. In a planned operation, U.S. Air Force F-16s struck an access road near Baghdad used by insurgents. U.S. Air Force F-15s and Navy F/A-18s provided close-air support to coalition troops near Miqdadiyah, Balad and Tikrit. In addition, 14 U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and Royal Australian Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. Also, Royal Air Force fighter aircraft performed in a nontraditional ISR role with their electro-optical and infrared sensors.
(Compiled from Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq and U.S. Central Command Air Forces Forward news releases.)