50 graduate Fatima Girls High School

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Polish and US Forces bond through weapons

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TF Duke Soldiers volley for peace

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Nurgaram District leaders electrify Nangaresh schools

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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

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Ky. ADT II begins Panjshir sheep parasite project

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Engineer Soldiers deliver aid to Afghans

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GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Chaplain (Capt.) Mark Williams with the 110th Chaplain Detachment of Birmingham, Ala., offers a prayer before lunch with Afghan Mullah (Maj.) Aminullah Amin of 3rd Battalion, Afghan National Army, at Forward Operating Base Ghazni Jan. 30. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Julie Brummund, Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Mark Williams of the 110th Chaplain Detachment in Birmingham, Ala., Polish Army Chaplain (Capt.) Rafal Kapron of 10th Armoured Brigade in Poland and Afghan Mullah (Maj.) Aminullah Amin of 3rd Battalion, Afghan National Army, met for lunch and conversation at Forward Operating Base Ghazni Jan. 30.

Amin is the religious and cultural affairs officer for his unit on FOB Vulcan just a few kilometers from FOB Ghazni. He and Williams first met when the American chaplain visited FOB Vulcan a little more than a week before. Encouraged by their initial meeting, Williams invited Amin for lunch and tea on FOB Ghazni.

Joining them was State Department representatives Stetson Sanders and Warner Rose, along with U.S. Army Spc. Dennis Houde, 110th Chaplain Det. chaplain’s assistant and a Montgomery, Ala., resident.

The chaplains compared the roles and responsibilities of their positions and asked and answered questions about one another’s faiths.

As religious and cultural affairs officer, Amin told his fellow religious leaders that he also has duties in the areas of public affairs and information operations for his unit.

Similar to the U.S. chaplains, he has enlisted assistants in the office to help keep things running smoothly.

“My job is very similar to yours,” he noted. “The office consists of two officers, a sergeant and a private.”

In answer to Amin’s question on the difference between Catholics and Protestants, the Polish priest quipped, “Protestants can get married.”

Williams added, “The two faiths also have some differences regarding prayer to saints, prayer to Mary, communion and baptism.”

As everyone prepared to eat, Williams mentioned that he would like to say a prayer before they began. This surprised the Mullah.

“In Islam, we thank Allah only after we receive something,” he said.

After lunch, the chaplains took Amin on a tour of their recently completed chapel where they also had tea waiting for their guest.

At the end of the visit each expressed the desire to meet again and arranged for Amin to return the following Sunday to observe both the Polish Catholic Mass and the U.S. Protestant service.

Williams noted later that it will be a particularly appropriate service this Sunday.

“It will be the sermon of the four chaplains,” he said.

He further explained that during World War II, a troop transport ship, the USAT Dorchester, was sinking.  

“Four chaplains – a Catholic priest, a Jewish rabbi, a Protestant minister and a Reformist minister together gave up their life preservers to other soldiers aboard the ship, then linked arms and sang hymns until they disappeared beneath the icy water in a final show of unity,” he said.
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S Army Spc. Dennis Houde and U.S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Mark Williams of the 110th Chaplain Detachment in Birmingham, Ala., Afghan Mullah (Maj.) Aminullah Amin of 3rd Battalion, Afghan National Army, and Polish Army Chaplain (Capt.) Rafal Kapron of 10th Armoured Brigade, pose for a photo after lunch and conversation at Forward Operating Base Ghazni Jan. 30i. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Julie Brummund, Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)

 

    

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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.