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PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army 203rd Thunder Corps Commander Maj. Gen Abdul Khaliq responds to a question durng a security conference hosted by Forward Operating Base Thunder home of the Afghan National Army’s 203rd Thunder Corps. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Maritza Freeland, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)

PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Leaders from across eastern Afghanistan attended a security conference March 9 at Forward Operating Base Thunder, the home of the Afghan Army’s 203rd Thunder Corps.

Members of the Afghan National Army, the Afghan National police and the Afghan Border Police met with coalition force leaders and Afghan civilian officials. This diverse group combined their expertise to discuss past accomplishments and the road ahead in Afghanistan.

According to Afghan National Army Col. Sahki Daad, 203rd Thunder Corps Operations Officer, as the Afghan military matured, it recognized the need for unified action. Security conferences like the one at FOB Thunder allow Afghan officials to examine key security questions through the perspective of their sister agencies. Similar work is conducted daily at operational coordination centers around Afghanistan.  
“The main purpose of our operations is to maintain good governance, security and to set the conditions for successful reconstruction across Afghanistan,” Daad said. “We also want to support civilian institutions that can help our people to conduct conflict resolution.”

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, commander of Combined Joint Task Force-101 and Regional Command-East, attended the conference. He addressed the need for good governance and discussed the efforts of insurgent forces to delegitimize the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan through acts of terrorism.

“Ninety percent of all civilian casualties are caused by insurgents,” said Campbell. “We need to do a better job of getting the word out … the Taliban does not offer good governance.”

Campbell’s comments came in the wake of recent insurgent improvised explosive device and suicide attacks that killed dozens of Afghan civilians resulting in civilian protests in Kabul.

“The enemy is trying to target populated areas,” said Afghan National Army Col. Shah Mahmoud, 203rd Thunder Corps Intelligence Officer. “Killing civilians is totally against humanity and our Islamic faith.”

Campbell urged Afghan national security force leaders to maintain the offensive and praised recent successes.

“We will continue to be on the offensive,” said Campbell. “(Approximately) 5,500 insurgents have been taken off the battle field since the beginning of the spring offensive and can no longer cause harm.”

Good governance and the building of strong civic institutions was a key theme of the conference. Campbell and others spoke of the unity of the Afghan people and their service to their nation.

“Governors and subgovernors tell the village elders that the ANSF are their brothers and sisters; take care of them,” said Campbell.

ANA Maj. Gen. Abdul Khaliq, 203rd Thunder Corps commander, also stressed the need for governance and diplomacy. His forces are working throughout eastern Afghanistan to defeat insurgent forces.

“In addition to military activities, we must conduct diplomatic efforts as well,” said Khaliq.  

Khaliq urged his commanders to show initiative and to not be afraid of making independent decisions as they engage the enemy in key districts.

Paktika Provincial Gov. Muhebullah Samim urged ANSF forces to reach out to the public and share the ANSF story with the Afghan people.  

“The fight that we are involved in is a good fight, but it cannot be won by kinetic means alone,” said Samim.

The governor also discussed the enemies of unemployment and illiteracy.

“We must eradicate this enemy,” said Samim. “All of Afghanistan is my house, I care about every room.” PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Commander of Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command-East, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell speaks to Afghan military and civilian leaders March 9 at Forward Operating Base Thunder, home of the Afghan National Army’s 203rd Thunder Corps. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Maritza Freeland, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)


 PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Paktika Provincial Gov. Muhebullah Samim addresses attendees at a security conference March 9 at Forward Operating Base Thunder home of the Afghan National Army’s 203rd Thunder Corps. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Maritza Freeland, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)

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All rounds were reported safe and on target. There were no reports of injuries or damages to civilians in the area.

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Soldiers of the Afghan National Army’s 201st Corps, Afghan National Police’s 202nd Shamshod and the U.S. Army’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, TF Red Bulls, supported by the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Phoenix, conducted an air assault into the valley to remove enemy forces. Battle Group Richelieu, TF La Fayette, provided artillery support from Kapisa Province.

While conducting operations, the forces found multiple weapons caches including assorted rocket propelled grenades, mortar rounds, Russian rockets, materials to make homemade explosives, various other ordnances and communication equipment.  

While moving through the valley, unit leadership met with village elders to discuss the security situation and to allow them to give up insurgents still in the area.

The operation will assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in establishing the valley as a new district giving the Afghan people in the area freedom from the insurgency.   

President Hamid Karzai approved the creation of the additional district and hopes the new district will help improve the security of the area and support the reconstruction effort.

Mohammad Iqbal Azizi, Laghman Province governor, held a press conference March 7 announcing the establishment of a new district located in the valley.

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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and coalition troops from Task Force Bastogne continued operations in the Shigal District March 18 after clearing the village of Lawsin and the surrounding area.

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