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Engineers conduct overnight mission in Afghanistan

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Gathering together to build relationships

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan — While spectators watch, members of the Sharana Hospital volleyball team play a friendly match against coalition force units at Forward Operating Base Rushmore Oct. 2. (click for more)

TF Spartan perseveres despite challenges

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers with 1st Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, help Afghan Border Police load blast wall barriers onto the (click for more)

Kentucky ADT visits Parwan Director of Women’s Affairs

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Ground Soldiers learn to fly

U.S. Army Cpl. Robert F. Chauncey, from McKinney, Texas, a team leader with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, takes part in a pre-flight inspection of (click for more)

U.S. troops in Paktya Province plan bridges

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. troops from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team use a measuring tape to measure the distance of one point (click for more)

ANA Soldiers receive vaccinations at Parsa

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan National Army basic trainee receives a vaccination Sept. 28. (click for more)

TF Viper mechanics keep helicopters flying

U.S. Army Sgt. Craig Hayward, powertrain mechanic and native of Huntingtown, Md., assigned to Company D, Task Force Viper attempts to loosen a bolt on a rotor head from an (click for more)
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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces, with support from International Security Assistance Force members, began operations Oct. 15 in the Pech River Valley aimed at denying safe havens for insurgents and bolstering the Government Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s influence in local villages.

General Ziayee, the Konar chief of police, told ISAF that he fully supports these operations in the district.

The operations, which involve the insertion of combat forces by helicopter, were initiated after repeated attempts by ISAF to get insurgents to stop attacking the local populace. Tribal and local Afghan leaders led those attempts, but were ineffective in convincing the insurgents to reintegrate with GIRoA.

A key turning point occurred Oct. 13, when a number of insurgents, reportedly from Matin Village, just north of the Shuryak Valley in the central Pech River Valley, purposefully damaged the road in neighboring Tarale Village. Tarale Village elders asked the insurgents from Matin Village to stop, but their requests had no effect. Local Afghans from Tarale then attempted to forcefully remove the insurgents from their village. The insurgents fired into Tarale Village and escaped back to Matin. No injuries were reported, and Afghan Security Forces responded, but could not track down the perpetrators.

A local Afghan truck driver was shot and wounded by insurgents Oct. 14 while driving on the road between Asadabad and Nangalam near Tarale Village. The truck driver was transported by ANSF to a local coalition base where he was medically treated and evacuated to Asadabad. This was the second incident of a local truck driver being shot by insurgents in the last two weeks. The first driver was killed in the attack.

“[ANSF] have said that they will pursue the insurgents until they can be assured that the security situation in the Pech Valley improves,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joe Ryan, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment commander. “They have brought the fight to areas where they believe the enemy now feels the safest, but will not feel safe there any longer.”

Operations in the area are ongoing.



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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Coalition forces learned that Gul Nabi, a mid-level Taliban commander was killed in an engagement with the combined security forces Oct. 17.

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Laghman PRT provides rehabilitation funds for canal, road
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LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The Ali Khel Canal Rehabilitation, funded by the Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team, recently provided irrigation water for 500 hectares of crop land and approximately 500 families in and around Ali Khel village here.

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Afghans defend homes, villages
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KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan villagers and coalition forces repelled Taliban forces Oct. 8 in Afghanya Valley during an attack that lasted nearly three hours.

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TF Gambler helps local Afghans protect village
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GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Members of Task Force Gambler, Texas Agribusiness Development Teams 3 and 4, and one Illinois International Security Assistance Force member were diverted from a scheduled mission in two UH-60 Black Hawks Oct. 11 to help local Afghans drive out insurgents from a village in Qarabagh District.

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