BAGHDAD, Iraq April 12 —
The U.S. military and the Iraqi police said Saturday they have
agreed to joint patrols to restore order in Baghdad.
Iraqi police Col. Mohammed Zaki said the patrols will start in a
day or two.
The Marines confirmed the patrols will start, but said they
didn't have a time.
"It's going to happen sooner rather than later," said Marine
Staff. Sgt. Jeremy Stafford.
The measure was taken in response to increased looting in the
capital and civilian demands that something be done about it.
"Anyone who carries a weapon or fires a weapon, we will fire at,"
The agreement came after a day of meetings between the Marines
and Iraqi police officials.
The Marines confirmed that a night curfew is under discussion,
but it appeared the hours of the curfew have yet to be set.
In the southern city of Basra, which has also seen extensive
looting, armored British troops were expected to join local, unarmed
Iraqi police patrols in the next two days, a British spokesman said
at U.S. Central Command. The arrangement is similar to joint patrols
and peace support operations the British have put in place
elsewhere, the spokesman said.
|Armed residents patrol the
Mansour neighborhood of Iraq's capital Baghdad in an attempt
to prevent looting Saturday April 12, 2003. (AP Photo/Jerome
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