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

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ANA, Red Bulls search Parwai during Operation Brass Monkey

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Female engagement teams trained to aid communication with Afghan women

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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

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Engineer Soldiers deliver aid to Afghans

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PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joseph McKnight of Angleton, Texas, a squad leader for 3rd Platoon, 615th Military Police Company ensures Afghan National Army soldiers that Afghan Uniformed Policemen, working with the MPs, are the only forces entering and searching qalats during a knock and search operation Jan. 17. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nicholas Rasmussen, Task Force Lethal Public Affairs Office)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan forces and U.S. Army Soldiers conducting a joint air assault operation in Tatanak village, Zormat District, Jan. 17, confiscated 10 unregistered firearms, ammunition, possible bomb-making material and two detainees.

The operation, Operation Road Craftsman, was designed to find and exploit any weapons caches or insurgent safe havens hidden in the village of Tatanak and to re-establish a connection with the villagers there, according to U.S. Army Capt. Kent Greiner of Nevada, Iowa, commander of Company D, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment. 

The 1st Bn., 168th Inf. Regt. worked closely with the U.S. Army 615th Military Police Company, the Afghan National Army and the Afghan Uniformed Police to conduct the operation.

“It has been a while since there has been any Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan influence in the area,” said Greiner. “That’s one main reason the ANA and AUP wanted to make a presence in [Tatanak].”

The last time the Afghan National Security Forces and their coalition force partners were in the village, during summer of 2010, insurgent forces fired on them.  There have been several reports of improvised explosive devices and insurgent activity along a road that passes close to Tatanak.

Greiner said if the people of Afghanistan trust the ANSF are providing suitable security, local villagers are less likely to harbor insurgents who are travelling through the district.

“It’s the ANA and AUP that are going to make Afghanistan a safer place for the kids and the people,” said Greiner.

The ANSF and coalition forces used this operation to promote a program called “The Guardians of Peace.” The program provides Afghans a phone number to call to report information regarding IED locations, weapon caches or insurgent activity. The caller, whose identity remains anonymous, is provided a serial number that can be turned in for a reward. The program is producing actionable information, according to Greiner.

“We caught some bad guys and got some weapons and some explosives out of the enemy’s hands,” said Staff Sgt. Dave Jones of Estherville, Iowa, a squad leader for 3rd Platoon, Company D. “It’s reassuring to pull that stuff off the battlefield.”

The weapons were taken to the Zormat District center where they were registered with the AUP.

“In the future the AUP and the ANA will talk with our commanders and discuss who’s supposed to search and who’s supposed to do security,” stated ANA 1st Lt. Ashmat Lah, executive officer for 1st Coy, 1st Kandak, when discussing his thoughts on how to improve joint AUP and ANA operations. “I think we will form a good relationship with the AUP in the future.”PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan Uniformed Police discuss their findings Jan. 17 with members of the 1st Coy, 1st Kandak, Afghan National Army, after completing a search of a qalat during a joint operation including the ANA, AUP, 615th Military Police Company and Company D, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment., Task Force Lethal. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nicholas Rasmussen, Task Force Lethal Public Affairs Office)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers question a detainee after discovering an AK47 found wrapped in plastic and hidden in animal waste beneath a tire in the courtyard of his qalat Jan. 17. The Afghan Uniformed Police discovered the rifle during a knock and search operation with the ANA, 615th Military Police Company and Company D, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment., Task Force Lethal. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nicholas Rasmussen, Task Force Lethal Public Affairs Office)


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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.

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.

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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.