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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)

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Bravo strengthens relationship with Afghan people

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Shane Taylor, a Slater, Iowa, native and Bravo Troop Soldier, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Red Horse, plays with Afghan children (click for more)

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Task Force Gambler and Task Force Iron Rakkasan combined forces to kill three insurgents in southern Deh Yak District of Ghazni Province Sept. 27.

During a morning patrol, Soldiers of 1st Platoon, Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187 Infantry Regiment, received small arms fire, which prompted them to return fire.

Two AH-64 Apache helicopters with 4th Attack Recon Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, known as Task Force Gambler, arrived to provide support for the Soldiers on the ground.

As the Co. A Soldiers engaged and maneuvered on the enemy, Task Force Gambler pilots identified an armed individual fleeing on a motorcycle. The individual on the motorcycle met up with two other armed men. Task Force Gambler pilots engaged the insurgents, killing all three and destroying their weapons and the motorcycle.

After arriving at the engagement site, 1st Platoon and their Afghan National Army partners found a motorcycle nearby with an IED attached to it. The ANA destroyed the IED material. During a follow-on search near the engagement area, 1st Platoon and the ANA captured a significant cache of weapons.

Three separate engagements resulted in three insurgents killed; seven AK-47s, one PKM medium machine gun, and two ICOM radios captured; and a motorcycle, IED material and a rocket propelled grenade were destroyed.  It was one of the battalion’s biggest successes of the deployment.

“I’m confident that the engagement will decrease the attacks on my Soldiers, Afghan forces, and civilians in Deh Yak for several weeks,” said U.S. Army Capt. Josh Powers from Atlanta, Ga., Co. A commander.

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Remnants of a motorcycle remain after the armed driver tried to flee from Task Force Iron Rakkasan Soldiers Sept. 27 in Deh Yak District, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. TF Iron was conducting a morning patrol and received small arms fire, prompting them to return fire. Two AH-64 Apache helicopters from TF Gambler identified the armed motorcyclist, and the pilots engaged the insurgent and two other armed men, killing all three and destroying their weapons and the motorcycle. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Numerous weapons and ammunition were captured by Task Force Iron Rakkasan Soldiers during a morning patrol Sept. 27 in Deh Yak District, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. Working with two AH-64 Apache helicopters from TF Brawler, TF Iron Soldiers were able to engage and kill three armed insurgents, one of which was on a motorcycle and tried to flee. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

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