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(RFE/RL) August 22, 2006 -- The U.S. military today said that more than 500 Iraqi men have joined the police in western Iraq's Al-Anbar Governorate, an area wracked by insurgency.


The military released a statement saying that it was the most successful recruiting drive by U.S. and Iraqi forces in the province.


The military says if all the 500 recruits stay on, Al-Anbar will have more than 2,200 working police. There is a high desertion rate among Iraqi security forces.


(AP)

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