The first recruits of the Neighborhood Guard in the Thawra 2 neighborhood of the Sadr City district of Baghdad hit the streets June 10 to protect their homes and families from a possible resurgence of special groups and criminals that potentially threaten their security. The Neighborhood Guard is a Multi-National Division – Baghdad program in partnership with the Iraqi Army and modeled after the successful Sons of Iraq (Abna al-Iraq) to train Iraqis to protect the neighborhoods where they live and work.
These guys get a khaki uniform, a hat, and a name tag. They’ve volunteered to guard their neighborhood with a rifle. No doubt at least some of them have recently been our enemies, but if they’re serious about making things better they’re another sign that true victory is within reach.