Jan 7, 2006

More than 1,500 Iraqi soldiers who were absent without leave return to duty after reporting to Camp Habbaniyah between Sept. 20 and Oct. 1. The Iraqi defense ministry offered dispensation to those who went AWOL, attracting entire families back to the fighting forces. ?The fact that they came back on their own volition shows that they want to serve,? said Col. Juan Ayala, senior advisor to the 1st Iraqi Army Division. ?It?s going to give this division a much needed influx of soldiers.?

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