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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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