The fall of the religiously mixed town of Tal Afar to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) raised the specter of deepening sectarian violence. It came as the U.S. government announced that it was drawing down staff at its embassy in Baghdad.
We remember Tal Afar for its gratitude to the Brave Rifles.
"In the Name of God the Compassionate and Merciful
"To the Courageous Men and Women of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, who have changed the city of Tall’ Afar from a ghost town, in which terrorists spread death and destruction, to a secure city flourishing with life.
"To the lion-hearts who liberated our city from the grasp of terrorists who were beheading men, women and children in the streets for many months.
"To those who spread smiles on the faces of our children, and gave us restored hope.... Let America, their families, and the world be proud of their sacrifice for humanity and life.
"Finally, no matter how much I write or speak about this brave Regiment, I haven’t the words to describe the courage of its officers and soldiers. I pray to God to grant happiness and health to these legendary heroes and their brave families."
-NAJIM ABDULLAH ABID AL-JIBOURI
Mayor of Tall 'Afar, Ninewa, Iraq
I knew many of the al-Jiborui tribe.