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)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Task Force Iron Rakkasan conducted Operation Blade III in eastern Ghazni Province Dec. 5.
Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, have conducted several operations in the Brimzi area over the past couple of weeks and Blade III was an extension of those missions.
The missions have come from combined U.S. and Afghan National Security Forces. Blade III had the help of a remote piloted vehicle and Forward Operating Base Andar’s Precision Threat Detection System to find the enemy.
“Our presence in the Brimzi area today created a lot of enemy activity,” said U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Christopher Farmer from Lancaster, Penn., 3rd Bn., 187th Inf., operations assistant officer. “Our assets allowed us to follow the insurgents as they attempted to maneuver and what we learned will help focus future operations.”
The Soldiers on the ground used the information passed to them from the controllers of the air assets to maneuver on the insurgent locations, searching cache sites.
One of the insurgents killed during the operation was later identified as a mid-level insurgent commander in the Deh Yak District. The individual was listed as the second most-wanted insurgent in Deh Yak.
“Removing such an important leader from the fight will have lasting benefits in the area,” said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Barry Johnson-Rivera from San Antonio, Texas, an intelligence officer with 3rd Bn., 187th Inf. “The (insurgents) will struggle to replace him this late in the fighting season. We have hindered the entire cell’s ability to operate for the next several weeks.”
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