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

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PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Robert Harward, commander of Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, shakes hands with U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Marchal Magee of Issaquah, Wash., commander of the Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team, while U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steve Boesen, commander of Task Force Lethal from Ankeny, Iowa, waits to greet Harward. Harward visited Forward Operating Base Gardez Jan. 12 to talk with Afghan and U.S. commanders about how Afghans are implementing the rule of law. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. John P Sklaney III, 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The joint Afghan and coalition force rule of law team visited Forward Operating Base Gardez to meet with local Afghan government officials and tour the National Directorate of Security prison in downtown Gardez Jan. 12. 


Court was is session in Paktya Province as 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Lethal, 2-45th Oklahoma Agribusiness Development Team and Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team hosted U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Robert Harward, Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435 commander, and Afghan Gen. Nazar Shah Safi, NDS chief.

The Afghan government has taken large steps to improve its judicial system over the past several years. The U.S. and other coalition forces provide advice and assistance with rule of law.

Afghans have made strides in correcting the ineffective and corrupt judicial system used during previous regimes. Only through a fair and open judicial system can the Afghans show the world they are a fair and just country. 

“The Afghans want to understand how the U.S. detains Afghan citizens,” said Afghan Col. Faizal Habibi, acting NDS prosecutor for Paktya Province.

The Afghans wanted to discuss with Harward how the U.S. holds and releases Afghans detained during operations. There is a misconception that the U.S. detains Afghans without any reason or explanation. 

“I know there are a lot of misconceptions about detention operations and we're working hard to correct them,” said Harward. “U.S. forces coordinate closely with Afghan security forces. When someone is captured during those joint operations, we work with our partners to gather all available information. Based upon that information, and using a very deliberate process, we determine if the individual should be released or turned over to the Afghans for prosecution under Afghan law or detained under the laws of armed conflict. Only when the information indicates someone substantially supported or actively participated in the insurgency will he be detained.”

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steve Boesen, Task Force Lethal commander from Ankeny, Iowa, said Afghan forces are working much more closely with the U.S. since he assumed command in the Paktya Province.

“The Afghans have expanded their capabilities in processing evidence collected at crime scenes,” said Boesen. “The visit by Vice Adm. Harward allowed him to see how the Afghans have taken the lead in enforcing the rule of law for all Afghans.”

Another discussion point brought up by the Afghans was the national identification system. With more than a million Afghans enrolled, the system allows the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to know how and where the population is developing. 

“Afghans need to take an interest in security for all Afghans,” said Safi. “The ID system will allow the GIRoA to help secure Afghans through criminal prosecutions.”
Harward has control, oversight and responsibility for U.S. detention as well as advising and assisting correction officials in Afghanistan. Harward wanted to see firsthand how the Afghans were running the Gardez prison.

Harward’s visit to Gardez allowed him, in cooperation with interagency, coalition and international counterparts, to assist the GIRoA as it builds capacity to enable the responsible transition of self-sustaining Afghan detention facilities and rule of law institutions that are compliant with Afghan and international law.PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Robert Harward, commander of Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, talks to Afghans during a meeting at Forward Operating Base Gardez Jan. 12. Harward discussed progress and the way forward with the Afghans as they build capacity and increase capability throughout their prisons and judicial systems. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. John P. Sklaney III, 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team)


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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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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.

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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.

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.