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  • Road safety debuts in Panjshir

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    An excerpt from the safety pamphlet being distributed to Panjshir residents as part of the province’s first road safety campaign. The children pictured, are from Panjshir who submitted road safety drawings, which were also included in the pamphlets.

    PANJSHIR, Afghanistan – The Panjshir Province deputy governor, traffic police chief, district managers and the provincial reconstruction team director, kicked-off the province’s first “Road Safety” campaign with the premier of an auto safety video Wednesday.

    The campaign has a multimedia approach that includes school presentations, music and video exhibits.

    In conjunction with the initiation of the campaign, a newly-paved road completed in the spring stretching through the province brings more goods and services, jobs and inevitably, more traffic the rural population is not used to.

    “This new road is a tool, which brings development to the Panjshir,” said Deputy Governor Abdul Kabiri. “We must use this tool properly and maintain it to prevent injury.”

    Ensuring the safety of both children and adults alike, the campaign is helping ensure Afghanistan’s future.

    An excerpt from the safety pamphlet being distributed to Panjshir residents as part of the province’s first road safety campaign. The children pictured, are from Panjshir who submitted road safety drawings, which were also included in the pamphlets.“The children here are the precious future of Afghanistan,” said Panjshir PRT Deputy Commander Army Lt. Col. Michelle Atkins. “Helping people drive safely and making sure the children understand how to act safely around the increased and faster traffic traveling through their villages.”

    Panjshir students even submitted safety-themed drawings during early classroom presentations, which were used to design some of the campaign posters. Other parts of the campaign include large murals, music cassettes with safety messages, video vans touring the province showing the auto safety movie, safety booklets with games and information pamphlets for adults.

    Fifteen hundred of the music cassettes, with safety messages, will be distributed to drivers as they enter the province by the Afghan National Police who control the entry and exit point along the road. That will also be the place of a large, child-designed mural.

    “This will be a good thing for our community,” said ANP Col. Abdul Qadir, Traffic Police Chief. “I want to see all our children grow up happy, strong and safe.”

    Last Updated on Sunday, 09 September 2007 05:18
  • Government forces continue to kill Taliban during operations in Kandahar Province

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    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Combined Afghan National Security Forces and Coalition forces, continuing combat patrols designed to clear insurgents from the Kandahar Province, was engaged last night resulting in another route of a weakening Taliban militia force.

    The failed insurgent attack took place one kilometer (.6 miles) southeast of an engagement, which occurred earlier yesterday in the Meian Nashin District where more than 20 enemy fighters were killed.

     The combined force, led by an element of the 205th Afghan National Army Corps, was continuing with an operation designed to disrupt extremist Taliban activity in Kandahar Province.  Approximately 30 insurgents attacked the patrol from ridgeline fighting positions using small-arms fire and rocket propelled grenades.

     The ANA-led force repelled the attempted ambush with accurate small-arms and crew-served weapons. Coalition aircraft, still in the area from the previous fighting, destroyed the enemy fighters with precision guided munitions and machine gun fire directed at the hillside firing positions.  The ANA and Coalition forces counterattack caused the enemy to break and flee from the area.

    Since Aug. 27, more than 235 extremist Taliban fighters have been killed during failed insurgent attacks on ANSF and Coalition forces in the northern part of Kandahar province.  Contrary to Taliban media statements about larger government forces casualties, only one ANSF has been killed, and just four ANSF and four Coalition force soldiers have been wounded in the two-week old operation. 

     “The extremist Taliban are inexplicably attacking Afghan National Security Forces during this operation in spite of the large losses they are incurring,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a Combined Joint Task Force-82 spokesperson.  “As the ANSF and Coalition forces continue to clear the Kandahar province of enemy fighters, residents should see a more peaceful and stable environment develop.”

    More than a dozen insurgents were killed during the four-hour battle last night. No ANA or Coalition casualties occurred during the engagement. There were also no reports of Afghan non-combatants being injured.


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