PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Ghouse Loynab, human terrain analyst with Human Terrain Team, TF Red Bulls, takes notes as he talks to a villager about governance and development issues Feb. (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clint Koerperich of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, squad leader for 2nd Platoon, Company C., 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, patrols with ANA soldiers (click for more)
PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Gheiratullah, an Afghan medical soldier, practices self aid and buddy care at the Paktya Regional Medical Center Feb. 13. (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Crystal Sims (right), from Duncan, Okla., a project manager for the 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team, assists an Afghan with registering at the bidder’s (click for more)
PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ashlee Lolkus, TF Red Bulls, shows Rohubza Dousti, a trainer and supervisor at the United Nations Habitat and a Panjshir youth group (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Ghazni PRT members walk among the locals engaging in conversation during a village assessment in Touheed Abad in Ghazni Province Feb. 6. (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Haji Hazrat Ali Gull, a fruit producer, explains improvements he already made to a proposed orchard training farm site he owns to U.S. Army Master Sgt. (click for more)
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A team of Kiowa helicopters provide overhead security for U.S. Army Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, and Afghan National Army Soldiers from (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Mohammad Masood, Paktya Agricultural Department advisor, and U.S. Army Col. Robert Roshell, 2-45 Agribusiness Development Team commander from Lawton, Okla., examine spices during a mission to (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lynn Redman of San Antonio, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team nurse practitioner, examines a female Afghan patient with Afghan Dr. Ismat Shinwary, Asadabad (click for more)
The early morning operation began Dec. 10 with an insertion of the combined security force into the mountains near the villages of Ganjgal, Dam Darye and Bargay.
The region, located along the Pakistan border, is a known transit route for foreign fighters coming into Kunar from Pakistan.
Eleven insurgents were killed during the operation.
“Together, the Afghan National Army and (International Security Assistance Force) have shown the insurgents that they will not be allowed to terrorize the people of the Ganjgal valley,” said ANA Maj. Shirin Agha, public affairs officer, 2nd Brigade, 201st Corps. “We have set the security conditions for the continued progress of law and governance in the region.”
The combined security force also discovered two caches containing eight improvised explosive devices, 7.62mm linked ammo, chemicals to make homemade explosives, 1,000 machine gun rounds, five mortar fuses, 10 mortar heads, more than 40 mortar charges and a shotgun.
“The residents of the Sarkani District and Ganjgal Valley are safer today due to the efforts of the Afghan National Security Forces and the Soldiers from Task Force No Slack,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mary Constantino, Task Force Bastogne spokesperson. “We continue to show the enemies of the people of Afghanistan that there is no safe place for them to plan and carry out their violence here.”
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