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PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Villagers of Sar Mast Kheyl Village in Zormat District, Paktya Province listen as Afghan National Army Lt. Pallawanna of the 3rd Coy, 1st Kandak, delivers a speech Jan. 16 intended to bolster the villagers’ trust in the ANA and coalition forces. Pallawanna believes the Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces work together to protect the people of Afghanistan and to legitimise the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nicholas Rasmussen, Task Force Lethal)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The 1st Coy, 3rd Kandak of the Afghan National Army and U.S. Army Soldiers with Company C, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment visited Sar Mast Kheyl village, Zormat District Jan. 16.



During the visit, an impromptu meeting was held in which ANA officials urged villagers to call coalition and Afghan forces for help if there is insurgent activity near the village.

Although Afghans are allowed one weapon and a limited amount of ammunition, according to ANA Lt. Pallawanna of the 3rd Coy, 1st Kandak, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan requires all citizens of Afghanistan who own firearms to register them.

If a citizen is found in possession of an unregistered firearm or excess ammunition, the munitions can be confiscated by ANA, he said.

To demonstrate the legitimacy of his claims, Pallawanna asked the villagers to present their firearms for registration.

Initially only a few villagers presented their weapons, expecting the ANA to take the guns away. But after inspection of the firearms and recording of the serial numbers, the ANA officer returned the guns to the owners.

Witnessing this, other villagers presented their firearms for registration taking comfort in the knowledge the weapon would be returned.

“This is the kind of activity that creates trust between villagers and the ANA,” said U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Joel Sage, 3rd Platoon leader of Ankeny, Iowa. “And trust in the ANA ultimately leads to trust in GIRoA.”PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army Lt. Pallawanna, 3rd Coy, 1st Kandak, inspects for a serial number on an AK47 owned by a resident of Sar Mast Kheyl Village in Zormat District, Paktya Province Jan. 16. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nicholas Rasmussen, Task Force Lethal)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers from 1st Coy, 3rd Kandak play with village children during a patrol through Sar Mast Kheyl, Zormat District Jan. 16. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nicholas Rasmussen, Task Force Lethal)

 

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