Taqaddum Air Base, Iraq on Feb. 25, 2007, Deputy Commanding General of Second Marine Expeditionary Forces (II MEF) Brig. GEN. John R. Allen speaks at a brief regarding social issues in the Anbar Province. II MEF (FWD) is deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Anbar Province of Iraq Multi-National Forces-West to develop the Iraqi security force, facilitate the development of official rule of law through democratic government reforms, and continue the development of a market based economy centered on Iraqi reconstruction. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance CPL. Charles Howard) (Released)