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PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Afghan Uniformed Police in Gardez District, Paktya Province, showed definite signs of progress as they investigated reports of possible insurgent activity in the Nisti Khowt area Dec. 18.
The 615th Military Police Company, out of Grafenwöehr, Germany, has mentored the AUP in Paktya Province since May. Since then, the AUP has led countless operations with the MPs providing guidance along the way.
Sources reported the existence of an insurgent improvised explosive device cell operating in the area just north of Gardez City. The AUP, with help from the MPs, investigated these reports by questioning local residents and searching for explosive materials and weapons in the village.
"We have expectations to search the identified qalats and bring the insurgents back to Forward Operating Base Gardez,” said AUP Jon Muhamma through an interpreter.
According to Rayat Ullah, an AUP platoon leader, when the villagers see the AUP begin to question local residents, they understand there is a possibility of insurgent activity in the area.
Because of this, the villagers may think the area to be unsecure.
“Our presence in the area might cause the villagers to help us pull out insurgents and stop the bad activities,” said Ullah.
During the investigation, the AUP and MPs presented themselves as amicable as tactically possible to the villagers.
“Everyone will stay alert, but present themselves in a nonaggressive way,” said U.S. Army Capt. Bryan Anderson of Des Moines, Iowa, commander of 615th MP Co.
The AUP recorded statements during interviews in the village, explained what was going on and thanked the participants for their time and providing input.
“This is the first time I’ve seen a member of the AUP take notes and record statements by the villagers,” said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Patrick Jeffrey of Waldorf, Md., 2nd Platoon leader.
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