How one man makes a difference in Afghanistan

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)

Guardians of Peace produces results in Paktya

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)

Working together to put Afghan heroes back together again

PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Gheiratullah, an Afghan medical soldier, practices self aid and buddy care at the Paktya Regional Medical Center Feb. 13. (click for more)

Bidder’s conference places Afghans in control

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 women strengthen communication skills

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 PRT assesses village, builds relationships

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)

Iowa ADT inks deal for orchard training farm

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)

Co. A makes successful return to Shebatkyl

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)

Delegation conducts market outreach mission in Zormat

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 PRT medics help healing at Asadabad Hospital

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)

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Members of the 1st Coy, 1st Kandak Afghan National Army prepare to disrupt and prevent insurgents from planting an improvised explosive device on a road near Tatanak Village in Zormat District, Paktya Province Jan 9. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st. Class Ryan Johnson, Task Force Lethal)

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers and members of 3rd Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Lethal, prevented the emplacement of improvised explosive devices in Tatanak Village, Zormat District, Paktya Province Jan 9.

ANA and coalition Soldiers spotted insurgents planting an IED on a road south of the village.

Two platoons from Co. D, 1st Bn. 168 Inf. and two ANA platoons from 1st Coy, 1st Kandak secured the dig site and searched for the insurgents who fled when they were spotted.

The ANA were beginning to search the suspected qalat when small-arms fire was heard from the north.

“We saw the rounds pepper the dirt a couple hundred meters from us,” said U.S. Army 1st Lt. William Schlotzhauer of Las Vegas. “It was clearly just harassment fire. (They) just wanted to show that they weren’t afraid.”

Once the shots ceased, the combined forces used their mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles as moving cover to clear the site where the shots originated. After arriving at the suspected engagement site, security forces searched the immediate vicinity but found nothing.

Combined forces returned to the suspected qalat to search it and question the residents.

During the search ANA found and confiscated a passport used to travel between Pakistan and Afghanistan, more than 40 D cell batteries, wires and other components that could be used to construct IEDs.

An explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed the IED buried in the road outside of Tatank.PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- U.S. Army Spc. Chad Summerfield, 3rd Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Lethal of Dunlap, Iowa, returns fire on insurgents who initiated an attack on the unit and Afghan National Army soldiers Jan 9. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Johnson, Task Force Lethal)


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The security and safety of Afghan civilians is an important part of every coalition operation. All weapons caches found during these operations are destroyed to ensure they do not harm civilians or military personnel.

“Mines are indiscriminate killers. They don’t distinguish between Soldiers or civilians, between men, women or children. We must all work together to eliminate the threat posed by these deadly weapons,” said U.S. Army Col. Ben Corell, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls.

If you see any suspicious activity or know of a weapons cache in your area, please report it. Call the Operations Coordination Center Provincial Tip Line at 079-662-0193 or at 079-397-0975.