Paktya PRT, Afghan leaders discuss hybrid power

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan leaders discuss a hybrid power grid during a shura in Sayed Karam Nov. 22. The $2.2 million power grid is the first of its kind (click for more)

ANP, US Forces improve security in Baraki Barak

Sgt. 1st Class Richard B. Rodriguez II (left), platoon sergeant with the 401st MP Co., and ANP Maj. Agah Mohammad, the criminal investigator of Baraki Barak District, discuss future operations (click for more)

Dual blasts rock Mehtar Lam

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Deputy Provincial Gov. Murtaza Qalandarzai speaks with local leaders of the ANP, ANA and ISAF about security and the protection of the people of Laghman Province (click for more)

ANP, Nuristan PRT meet with girls school staff

NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Members of the ANP deliver supplies to girls school staff members at Nangaresh Nov. 20. (click for more)

Women’s health center opens in Paktika

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Paktika Gov. Moheebullah Samim cuts the ribbon at the opening ceremony for the new women’s health center in Waza Khwa District Nov. 20. (click for more)

Nangarhar PRT talk with locals about their needs

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - An Afghanistan street vendor cooks funnel cakes for members of Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team during a visit to the Kama District Center Nov. 15. (click for more)

Embassy team visits key archaeological sites

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Children of Rawza village along with members of the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction team explore the 16th century Abdul Razzaq’s mausoleum adjacent to old Ghazni City Nov. (click for more)

Ghazni PRT attends Eid al-Adha celebration

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Cmdr. Jon Doolittle, Ghazni PRT commander of St. Petersburg, Fla., practices his speech in Pashtun with local Afghanistan Military Police during the Eid al-Adha (click for more)

TF White Eagle gift commemorates Muslim festivity

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Polish Brig. Gen. Andrzej Reudowicz, TF White Eagle commander, presents a bull to the governor of Ghazni Province, Gov. Musa Khan, to commemorate the Islamic holiday (click for more)

Commando works to secure Lowkar Village

NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Steve David of Bronx, N.Y., corpsman for the Nuristan PRT, examines an injured Afghan man’s foot during operations in Lowkar (click for more)


PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan journalist from Radio Khurasan here conducts a live radio interview Sept. 20 with Bill Martin, U.S. Department of State and director of the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team, and Ahmad Khalid Siddiqi, Panjshir PRT political assistant. Martin answered questions from local Panjshiri callers about current and future construction projects, education and health care. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Sean Mateo White, Panjshir PRT photographer)


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Co. C takes fight to the enemy

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan  – On a patrol that started off as a meeting with the elders of a local village, 2nd Platoon, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment identified and killed two insurgents Dec. 3.

The patrol began with a key leader engagement in Khani Kala Village, Ghazni Province. Soldiers walked to a home in the village to meet local elders. To guard the meeting, the patrol placed Soldiers on the roof of the house.  During the meeting, Co. C Soldiers validated the concerns when Soldiers from 2nd Plt. identified two insurgents with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher moving to a historical ambush location. 

Soldiers carefully moved into position and initiated an engagement against the two armed insurgents. 

The Soldiers and their Afghan partners eliminated the two insurgents.  Further investigation of the two insurgents revealed that they were also carrying an improvised explosive device, three hand grenades and two pistols.

While maneuvering, Soldiers of 2nd Plt. moved through the home of a local villager in order to establish a position to support other Soldiers by direct fire, if needed. To the Soldiers’ surprise, the villager was trying to hide an AK-47, ammunition carrier, six magazines of ammunition and a radio in his home. The Afghan National Army captured the weapons and detained him for further questioning.

As U.S. forces moved back toward Forward Operating Base Four Corners, they learned of additional insurgents in the area. 

“There were two other insurgents in the village who observed how quickly security forces eliminated the first two combatants,” said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Christopher Grauel from Centennial, Colo., platoon leader of 2nd Plt., Co. C. “These hidden insurgents dropped their RPGs and ran away.”

Grauel’s platoon captured an RPG launcher and RPG munitions.

“This past week we’ve been very successful in identifying and initiating contact with the enemy before they are able to ambush us,” said U.S. Army Capt. Justin Quisenberry from Ortonville, Mich., commander of Co. C, 3rd Bn., 187th Inf. Regt.  “Today’s fight was at close range, and we eliminated at least two more insurgents from the battlefield.”

“It was clear they had come to do harm to U.S. Soldiers, as well as the villagers,” said Grauel. “The quick response of the American Soldiers prevented any innocent Afghans from being harmed.”


Iron Rakkasans find, destroy 2 IED caches


GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – One of Task Force Iron Rakkasan’s missions is to find and destroy insurgent improvised explosive device materials before the enemy is able to use them to damage vehicles or injure coalition or Afghan forces or civilians. TF Iron Rakkasan Soldiers found two caches during the last month, keeping IEDs out of the hands of enemies.

Egyptian Hospital on BAF closed temporarily

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Egyptian Hospital located on Bagram Airfield is closed as of Nov. 25 and is scheduled to reopen Dec. 15. The closure allows for the normal rotation of the hospital’s medical staff. The hospital could be closed longer if the incoming staff is delayed.

Pech River Valley operations continue to target insurgents


KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, conducted an air assault into the eastern Pech River Valley to clear the area of insurgent fighters in the Watapur District of Kunar Province today.