Sunni Arab leaders seek U.S. help for Anbar police

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Morrell said the half-hour meeting was “very warm and productive,” coming nearly two months after Gates joined President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in a one-day visit to Anbar province for talks with provincial leaders, including the slain Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha. Morrell said the Anbar leaders told Gates they hoped that the improved security they helped achieve in predominantly Sunni Anbar could be replicated elsewhere in Iraq. They also asked for U.S. help in expanding and equipping the provincial police force. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Sunni Arab leaders from Iraq’s Anbar province asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday for U.S. help in expanding their police forces. They included Sheik Ahmed Abu Risha, older brother of Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, the leader of a Sunni revolt against al-Qaida in Iraq who was assassinated near the provincial capital of Ramadi in September. The slain sheik had organized Sunni Arab clans into an alliance to drive al-Qaida from sanctuaries in Anbar province where the terror movement had flourished since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. Also attending Wednesday’s meeting at the Pentagon were the chairman of the Anbar provincial council, the governor of Anbar and the mayor of the city of Ramadi, said Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell. last_img read more

Teen `legislators’ turn to disaster readiness

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONROVIA – If 29 Monrovia teenagers from the Santa Anita YMCA Youth and Government program had their way, California high school students would see a slight modification to their curriculum in the near future. The YMCA mock legislators will introduce a bill at the 58th Annual Model Legislature and Court Program that, if passed by the real state government, would amend the state education code. The bill to be presented at the Feb.23-25 conference is titled, “Emergency Preparedness Orientation and Education,” inspired by the events that followed Hurricane Katrina, and would require that health curricula include instruction that would prepare students for emergencies created by earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and wildfires, to name a few. “We want to be able to help people if we had to deal with a natural disaster in California,” said Ashley Dunn, 17. “I think it has a good possibility of being passed because it is so relevant,” said Jennifer Postlewaite, the YMCA’s youth and family program director. Theimer, Dunn and their fellow delegates have spent the past six months deciding on a bill, drafting the bill, and selecting “mock” governmental positions. This is the second year Santa Anita has sent a delegation, which is one of the smaller groups going to Sacramento. “We are just big enough to be powerful.” Dunn said. bridget.schinnerer@sgvn.com (626)962-8811, Ext.2201last_img read more