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Marine Lt. Col. Craig Kozeniesky - battalion commander for 2nd Battalion 5th Marines (2/5) - and several of his officers and Marines meets with Sheik Shahoud Asi at his home in central Ramadi for an evening of food and cigars on Tuesday May 22, 2007. In recent weeks, Ramadi, the provincial capital of the turbulent al-Anbar province has turned from one of the most deadly places in Iraq into an island of relative stability as tribal leaders there have split from the insurgency after years of killings and intimidation. US forces have been quick to step in to the breach and offer friendship and assistance to the sheiks and their followers.