Afghan, French forces bring security to Alah Say Valley

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Written by By French Army 1st Lt. Audrey Chauchiel Task Force Lafayette liaison to Regional Command - East Public Affairs Wednesday, 05 January 2011 15:16

KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and a French Task Force Allobroges soldier pull security during Operation Blacksmith Hammer in the Alah Say Valley Dec. 29. (Photo by French Army Staff Sgt. Eric Lepichon, Task Force Lafayette)KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and French Task Force Allobroges of Task Force Lafayette conducted a combined security operation in Alah Say Valley Dec. 22 to Jan. 2.

Operation Blacksmith Hammer had its combined headquarters at French Forward Operating Base Kutschbach and TF Allobroges had its tactical headquarters in Jalokhel, Alah Say Valley, where the combined troops conducted the operation.

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Steve Townsend, Regional Command - East deputy commanding general for operations, came to the field to check the combined military team’s efforts and met French Army Brig. Gen. Jean-François Hogard, TF Lafayette commander, and Afghan Army Brig. Gen. Emam Nazar, 3rd Light Infantry Brigade commander, Dec. 30.

Blacksmith Hammer was labeled a success due to the combined forces’ improved security in the area through numerous insurgent neutralizations and caches findings.
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Force members with members of Task Force Allobroges conduct a patrol during Operation Blacksmith Hammer in the Alah Say Valley Dec. 29. (Photo by French Army Staff Sgt. Eric Lepichon, Task Force Lafayette)KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Steve Townsend (center), Regional Command - East deputy commanding general for operations, talks with French Army Brig. Gen. Jean-François Hogard (right), Task Force La Fayette commander, and Afghan Army Brig. Gen. Emam Nazar, 3rd Light Infantry Brigade commander, during Operation Blacksmith Hammer Dec. 30. (Photo by French Army Chief Sgt. Sabrina Vincent, Task Force Lafayette)KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – French Army Lt. Col. Jean Despouys (right), Task Force Lafayette operations director, provides a briefing to U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Steve Townsend (left), Regional Command - East deputy commanding general for operations; Afghan National Army Brig. Gen. Emam Nazar (second from the left), 3rd Light Infantry Brigade commander; and French Army Brig. Gen. Jean-François Hogard, Task Force Lafayette commander, on Operation Blacksmith Hammer, a combined security operation in the Alah Say Valley, Dec. 30. (Photo by French Army Chief Sgt. Sabrina Vincent, Task Force Lafayette)