50 graduate Fatima Girls High School

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Female engagement teams trained to aid communication with Afghan women

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PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Abdul Rahman Mangal, Paktya deputy governor, presents a Certificate of Valor to Hajji Ahga Ghol, the district subgovernor of Sayed Karam, at the Governor’s Compound in Gardez Dec. 29. The certificate was then given to Mohhamad Wizir, the father of an Afghan Uniformed Police member who died while protecting the subgovernor during an insurgent attack that took place at the Sayed Karam bazaar Nov. 3. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Sybil Taunton, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Deputy Gov. Abdul Rahman Mangal, along with members of Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team and 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment of the Iowa Army National Guard, honored a local hero at the governor’s compound in Gardez Dec. 29.

Mohhamad Sakhi was an Afghan Uniformed Police member who died Nov. 3 while protecting the Sayed Karam District subgovernor, Hajji Ahga Ghol, when insurgents ambushed Ghol’s car as he left the local bazaar.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Stephen Boesen, Task Force Lethal commander, from Ankeny, Iowa, authorized a hero payment that was awarded by Mangal to Sakhi’s father, Mohhamad Wizir.

Hero payments can be authorized by coalition forces by using Commander’s Emergency Response Program funds, and there are specific guidelines for the authorization of such payments.

“Any Afghan National Security Force member who dies in the line of duty while serving the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is eligible for a hero payment,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin Altman of Task Force Lethal from Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Boesen authorized a CERP payment of $2,500 for Sakhi’s father, who is now taking care of his son’s young children. Wizir received the payment from Mangal during the hero payment ceremony.

A Certificate of Valor was also given to the father as a permanent symbol of his son’s heroic sacrifice in the line of duty, said Altman.

Mangal expressed his gratitude for Sahki’s actions as he presented the hero payment and the certificate to the father.

“The sacrifice your son made for the government was outstanding,” said Mangal. “Your son was a hero.”

Following the ceremony, Ghol expressed his gratitude toward Mangal, the PRT and TF Lethal for honoring his former bodyguard.

“We really appreciate the ceremony you gave us, and the sympathy you have shown,” said Ghol.

In an interview with a local Radio Television Afghanistan reporter, the AUP Chief for Sayed Karam, Col. Noor Habib Noorzai, also expressed his gratitude for the event.

“From my deep heart, I really appreciate this ceremony,” said Noorzai. “We will always be sacrificing like this for the people because this is our homeland and we will defend it.”PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Mohhmanad Wizir, the father of Mohhamad Sakhi, accepts a hero payment from the Paktya deputy governor at a ceremony honoring Sakhi in Gardez Dec. 29. Sakhi was a member of the Sayed Karam Afghan Uniformed Police who died in the line of duty while protecting the district subgovernor during an insurgent attack Nov. 3. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Sybil Taunton, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin Altman of 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment of the Iowa Army National Guard, from Council Bluffs, Iowa, shakes hands with Mohhamad Wizir who received a hero payment on behalf of his son who was killed in the line of duty. Mohhamad Sakhi was a member of the Afghan Uniformed Police for Sayed Karam and served as a bodyguard for the district subgovernor, Hajji Ahga Ghol. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Sybil Taunton, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Mohammad Wizir signs for the hero payment by stamping his thumbprint on the form. Wizir’s son died while protecting the Sayed Karam District subgovernor. Coalition forces are authorized to give hero payments to Afghan National Security Force personnel who die in the line of duty. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Sybil Taunton, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)


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BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Coalition forces killed seven insurgents in defensive operations in the Alah Say District, Kapisa Province, eastern Afghanistan, March 29.

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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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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.