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Cpt. Neil Hollenbeck and the soldiers and officers of Alpha Co. 1-30 Infantry 3rd Infantry Division at their patrol base in Beijia, Iraq - a rural village south of Baghdad that was formerly a Sunni insurgent haven until US forces pushed into the area in late January. US success in the area has been made possible by the widespread recruitment and use of local men as security guards in a program variously known as "Concerned Local Citizens" or "Sons of Iraq." The program pays local tribal sheiks and former military officers to organize the men - many former low-level insurgents - to turn from cooperating with the insurgency to working for US forces and - nominally - the Iraqi government. The policy has led a significant drop in attacks in the areas where it has gone into effect.
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