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Balad Ruz (arabic: بلدروز) is a city in the Diyala Governorate of Iraq.

Balad Ruz

Town
Balad Ruz is located in Iraq
Balad Ruz
Balad Ruz
Balad Ruz's location inside Iraq
Coordinates: 33°42′N 45°05′E / 33.700°N 45.083°E / 33.700; 45.083
CountryIraq
GovernorateDiyala
DistrictBalad Ruz
Government
 • MayorMohamed Maroof Al-Hussein
Elevation
134.5 ft (41[1] m)
Time zoneUTC+3
Postal code
32005[2]

Balad Ruz has a radio station that was opened Dec. 18 2006, known as Al Noor Radio Station, meaning "The Light" in Arabic.

The current commander of all Iraqi Army ground forces Lt. General Ali Ghaidan Majid is from Balad Ruz.

Military and security related events in Balad RuzEdit

  • US and Coalition forces, in conjunction with Iraqi Army, engaged the Iranian Army on September 7, 2006.[3]
  • US Forces conducted a raid on December 27, 2006 because the town was believed to be used as a safe haven by insurgent forces to traffic people, weapons and money into other regions in Iraq to disrupt security operations by coalition forces. Following the raid, Coalition Forces discovered several large caches containing hundreds of rockets, IED-making materials, small arms munitions and dozens of anti-tank weapons.[4]
  • On February 1, 2007, approximately 150 local sheikhs, city council members and local citizens gathered in Balad Ruz for a town hall meeting with the governor of Diyala (named Ra’ad Hameed Al-Mula Jowad Al-Tanimi, the 5th Iraqi Army Division commander (named Maj. Gen. Shakur Halaim Husain) and the Provincial Director of Police (Named Maj. Gen. Ghanem Abass Ibraham al-Qureshy to discuss security.[5]
 
Leadership discuss security and services in the town

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