PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A shopkeeper stands by his store in the Bagram Airfield bazaar Dec. 11. The bazaar brings in more than $30,000 into the local economy on a (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A member of the AUP performs a search during an AUP-led operation with Company A, 1st Battalion, 168 Infantry Regiment in Jaji District Dec. 16. (click for more)
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Local children watch members of Kapisa PRT pass as they leave the Abdul Salam High School in Ghayn Valley Dec. 15. (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Maj. Ted A. Broome (right), and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Eleazar Vizcaino, both assigned to 358th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services, evaluate a donkey at (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Haji Sher Badir, Manogai District subgovernor, speaks during the election ceremony for the Manogai District Community Council Dec. 9. (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Key elders listen intently while the U.S. and Polish ambassadors, Musa Khan, Ghazni provincial governor, and Amina Safi Afzaly, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, speak (click for more)
U.S. Army Maj. Loren Adams, veternarian from New Liberty, Iowa, supervises as an Afghan veterinarian puts final sutures into a neutered dog at a continuing education conference organized by the (click for more)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Actor and comedian Robin Williams talks with U.S. Army Maj. Gen John F. Campbell, Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command East commander, before the (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, shakes a little girl's hand during the playground dedication at Ghazni City Orphanage in Ghazni Dec. 15. (click for more)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - In order to develop a more secure environment for the people of eastern Afghanistan, Afghan National Security Forces and Coalition Forces encourages Afghans to participate in the Department of Defense's Rewards Program.
The program encourages Afghan locals to report on weapons caches, explosive devices, explosive-making materials, criminals and suspicious activities in exchange for rewards.
So far, in the past three months, Regional Command East has received more than 560 information tips, of which 99 reports lead to weapons caches and 18 reports lead to the capture of key insurgent leaders.
Through this program, Afghans within the Regional Command East area have helped locate more than 1,500 weapons caches and materials in the past
Found weapons caches range from rocket propelled grenades, mortars of various sizes, blasting caps, rockets, projectiles, fuses and other explosive-making materials.
In addition to the removal of weapons caches from dangerous hands, Afghan citizen tips have also enabled the successful capture and identification of more than 400 militants, since June 1.
These militants were linked to the Taliban and Haqqani networks. Some of these captured members were senior leaders, who were responsible for
planning deadly attacks directed towards Afghan citizens, Afghan government officials, ANSF and Coalition forces, as well as facilitating the trafficking of fighters, weapons, explosives and money to support their terrorist activities.
The identity of the participants of the DoD's Rewards Programs are kept anonymous and members may choose several options to report suspicious and criminal activity.
Rewards given to participants may range from $50 or higher depending on the significance of the information, weapon or individual turned in. Humanitarian assistance and community development projects are also available in addition to monetary rewards.
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