50 graduate Fatima Girls High School

Tabasum Sharqi (left) opens a book she received for graduating at the top of her Fatima Girls High School class at a ceremony held at the Kunar Department of Women’s (click for more)

Polish and US Forces bond through weapons

Soldiers from the Polish Army and the Texas National Guard Agribusiness Development Team-IV check their shot grouping during qualification on the Polish AK-74 5.56 mm Mini-Beryl short assault rifle Feb. (click for more)

TF Duke Soldiers volley for peace

U.S. Army Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke, play an impromptu game of volleyball against a team (click for more)

Nurgaram District leaders electrify Nangaresh schools

Dr. Mehirulla Muslim, the Nurgaram District subgovernor, addresses an audience of teachers, government officials and citizens during a ceremony to celebrate a completed solar panel electricity project Feb. 21 in (click for more)

10th CAB Soldiers bring communications to Bagram’s east side

U.S. Army Spc. Raheem Stewart, an automations specialist with TF Phoenix, steps along the rafters of the building his team helped wire for communications. Stewart, from Dallas, was one of (click for more)

ANA, Red Bulls search Parwai during Operation Brass Monkey

An Afghan National Army soldier from Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Regiment, searches a pile of rocks in the courtyard of a high-value target home outside the village of (click for more)

Female engagement teams trained to aid communication with Afghan women

U.S. Army Capt. Nicole Zupka of Fair Lawn, N.J., a battlewatch captain with Combined Joint Task Force-Paladin, helps an Afghan child with her writing skills during female engagement team training (click for more)

ANA, TF Storm break trail, make difference in Kharwar

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers move through Kharwar District to prevent the Taliban’s freedom of movement Feb. 12. U.S. and Afghan soldiers braved more than 3 feet (click for more)

Ky. ADT II begins Panjshir sheep parasite project

Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team II members, U.S. Army Spc. Justin Allen (left), a London, Ky., native, and U.S. Army Sgt. Nicholas Combs, a Corbin, Ky., native, get to know a (click for more)

Engineer Soldiers deliver aid to Afghans

An Afghan carrying a child approaches U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Peter Moeller of Atkins, Iowa, a medic with Task Force Red Bulls, for humanitarian aid at Qale-Mussa Pain Middle School (click for more)

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LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A Soldier from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment walks around a graveyard while on patrol on a mountainside near the village of Sigin Jan. 1. The Soldiers discovered a command wire in a riverbed while on patrol and called in the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team to try and locate an improvised explosive device, however, none were found. The area, near the Watangatu boys’ school, has been an IED hotbed. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs) LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Capt. Jason Merchant, the Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment commander from Dysart, Iowa, scans the area while on patrol on a mountainside near the village of Sigin Jan. 1. The Soldiers discovered a command wire in a riverbed while on patrol and called in the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team to try and locate an improvised explosive device, however, none were found. The area, near the Watangatu boys’ school, has been an IED hotbed. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Kenneth Cain, a squad leader with Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment from Dubuque, Iowa, pauses after digging loose some broken command wire the unit located in a riverbed while on patrol near the village of Sigin Jan. 1. The company had been hit by improvised explosive devices in the area in the past and called out the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team to locate an IED, but it was not found. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Kenneth Cain, a squad leader with Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment from Dubuque, Iowa, watches as a UH-57 Kiowa helicopter provides cover in the area of Sigin Village Jan. 1. Cain was monitoring the area near a command wire the unit found while on patrol. The company had been hit by improvised explosive devices in the area in the past and called out the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team to locate an IED, but it wasn’t found. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Adam A. Wontrop (left), a member of the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team from Clarksville, Tenn., tries to uncover some of a command wire located by Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, near a bridge across from the town of Sigin Jan. 1. The company had been hit by improvised explosive devices in the area in the past and called out the EOD team to locate an IED, but the team was unable to find it. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - TNT explodes near a bridge across from the town of Sigin Jan. 1. A command wire was located near the bridge while Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment patrolled the area. The company called out the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team, who blasted the area with TNT, but could not locate an improvised explosive device. Co. A had been hit by IEDs in the area in the past. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - An Afghan National Army soldier with the 1st Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Regiment, stands watch on a mountainside near the town of Sigin Jan. 1. A command wire was located near the bridge while U.S. Army Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, patrolled the area. The company called the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team, who blasted the area with TNT, but could not locate an improvised explosive device. Company A had been hit by IEDs in the area in the past. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army soldiers with the 1st Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Regiment, and Soldiers from U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment watch activity on the side of a mountain near the town of Sigin Jan. 1. The soldiers saw two individuals moving up the mountain toward an area they had received contact from in the past. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)

 

    

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Coalition forces engage insurgents in Kapisa

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

Coalition forces and aircraft responded to an insurgent attack. Four insurgents were killed by air strike and three were killed by direct fire from coalition forces.

All rounds were reported safe and on target. There were no reports of injuries or damages to civilians in the area.

 
ANSF, ISAF begin major operation in Laghman valley

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Afghan National Security Forces, partnered with U.S. Task Forces Red Bulls and Phoenix and French Task Force La Fayette, began operations in Galuch Valley, Laghman Province, March 25.

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.

 
ANSF, TF Bastogne continue operations in Kunar

 

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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Afghan leaders, coalition forces look forward

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.

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