LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Capt. Jason Merchant, the company commander of Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman from Dysart, Iowa, hands out cards Dec. (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Lauren Hyman of Texarkana, Texas, armored vehicle driver for the 64th Military Police Company based at Combat Oupost Fortress, says hello to an (click for more)
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Taylor Gingrich, an infantry officer from Cedar Falls, Iowa, with Task Force Ironman, draws a smile from an Afghan boy as Gingrich (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Brian Stowe, a human resources specialist from Elkmont, Ala., with Task Force Knighthawk, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, sings a ballad he wrote and (click for more)
PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Servicemembers defend the wall after an improvised explosive device detonates on Forward Operating Base Lightning Dec. 5. (click for more)
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan and French military chiefs conduct a briefing before deployment during a security operation. Afghan National Security Forces and French Task Force Richelieu conducted Operation Montevideo (click for more)
PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Phil Compton, Doty, Wash., Panjshir PRT engineer, and PRT local Afghan engineer Abid Wardak check the structural integrity of the retaining (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan family looks at their new family member after she was delivered by the Polish Army medical team at Forward Operating Base Warrior Jan. 3. (click for more)
KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, maneuver through Sabari District during patrols to disrupt insurgent activity in the (click for more)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Shawn Fouste, Decatur, Ill., noncommissioned officer in charge of the Freedom Restoration Center with the 455th Expeditionary Wing, Task Force Med, plays with (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Soldiers from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, reduced local insurgents’ ability to conduct indirect fire attacks from a village in Andar when they captured a mortar system Dec. 7.
According to battalion operations officer U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Terrance Avery, from Bolivar, Mo., insurgents have used indirect fire in and around the Miri District Center in Andar frequently over the last month.
“One such attack, on (Nov. 22), killed a 1-year-old boy and severely wounded a 12-year-old girl,” Avery said. “These types of attacks are unfortunately common for the insurgents who continue to fail to discriminate between security forces and innocent women and children.”
Soldiers from Co. C, working alongside Afghan Uniformed Police, restricted insurgents’ ability to conduct similar attacks after conducting a search in Chor Village, four kilometers north of the district center.
During the operation, a local man offered to guide the security forces to an insurgent cache.
After looking in a qalat, the patrol found a complete 82mm mortar system, three mortar rounds, two hand grenades, an AK-47 bayonet, AK-47 ammunition and a landmine.
“Finding the 82mm mortar system is a huge success in disrupting the insurgents’ indirect fire cell operating in and around the Miri District Center,” said Co. C commander U.S. Army Capt. Justin Quisenberry from Ortonville, Mich.
The patrol then moved to a second structure, which the Ghazni police confirmed to be a safe house for insurgents. In addition, the AUP found a red container with two cans of lighter fluid and writing all over the walls. The National Directorate of Security quickly realized that the container was a holding cell for captives. The owner of the container was detained for further questioning.
"Removing the mortar system and the holding container in one operation is a great victory against the insurgents,” Avery said. “We've disrupted their ability to attack innocent Afghan families and the insurgents’ ability to intimidate the locals."
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