50 graduate Fatima Girls High School

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Female engagement teams trained to aid communication with Afghan women

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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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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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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.

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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.