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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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 – Brig. Gen. Abdal Rahma Safi, the Paktya chief of police, discusses his assessment of Paktya Province’s security during a newly established weekly security meeting held at Forward Operating Base Gardez Jan. 23. Safi said he believes there has been a decrease in insurgent activity throughout the province due to the increased presence of Afghan National Security and coalition forces. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nicholas Rasmussen, Task Force Lethal)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Paktya security and how to improve it was the main topic at a joint security meeting held at Forward Operating Base Gardez Jan. 23.

The newly established weekly meeting included participants from the Afghan National Security Forces, the U.S. Army’s 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team, the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steve Boesen, a native of Ankeny, Iowa, and commander of the 1st Bn. 168th Inf. Regt., known as Task Force Lethal, helped put together the joint security meeting designed to coordinate the efforts of ANSF and coalition forces in Paktya.

“It gives us a chance to come together and say, ‘Hey, we have a problem here, let’s talk about how to solve it,’” said Boesen. “The whole purpose of the meeting is to get everyone together in an effort to solve the problems of Patkya. I’ve seen this meeting in Khowst and Ghazni, and it has worked real well; doing things piecemeal does not work. I’ve seen it.”

One focus of this week’s meeting was the practicality and effectiveness of night raids performed within the province.

Brig. Gen. Abdal Rahma Safi, the Paktya chief of police, believes the increased presence of the security forces during the day and night in the past week contributed to the low level of insurgent activity in the province.

“Night raids have been very effective based on the reports I have received,” said Safi.

Col. Mahmoud Zazai, commander of the Afghan National Army’s 1st Kandak, said the shoulder-to-shoulder operations conducted at night by ANA and coalition forces in Zormat District have been successful at controlling insurgent activity.

“I think night raids work to get insurgent forces out of the area,” said Zazai. “We can go places that we couldn’t before.”

Gen. Nazar Shah Safi, the National Directorate of Security chief, spoke of the practical reasons for the ANSF and coalition forces to conduct night raids.

“Conducting operations during the day has a high likelihood of civilian casualties. If conducted at night, civilians are safe in their houses, and it is easier to capture the target,” he said.

Other topics at the meeting included the activity level of insurgent forces, the effectiveness of the ANSF and coalition presence, and the need to sustain recently improved ANSF and coalition forces communication and cooperation.

“We used to not participate in operations, night raids or air assaults,” said Safi. “But now, we cooperate with coalition forces, and civilian casualties have decreased.”

Mike O’Brien, State Department representative for the PRT, said the security meeting established by Boesen and Team Paktya has been a positive step to achieving congruency of effort by the ANSF and coalition forces in Paktya.
“We will always be available to conduct joint operations with ANSF and coalition forces,” said Col. Rahimi, the executive officer for the Paktya Afghan National Civil Order Police Brigade.PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Gen. Nazar Shah Safi (center), the National Directorate of Security chief, listens as Col. Mahmoud Zazai (right), commander of the Afghan National Army’s 1st Kandak, discusses the effectiveness of night raids and security force patrols in Zormat District, Paktya Province during a weekly security meeting on Forward Operating Base Gardez, Jan. 23. The U.S. Army’s 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment and Team Paktya initiated the weekly security meetings last month in an effort to coordinate the efforts of the ANSF and coalition forces. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nicholas Rasmussen, 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.

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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.