50 graduate Fatima Girls High School

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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)

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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

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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LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Laghman Province Gov. Mohammed Iqbal Azizi, left, talks with U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, right, International Security Assistance Force commander, at the governor's compound in Mehtar Lam Feb. 7. The general and the governor agreed that patience is key as the coalition continues to conduct operations in the province. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs Office)LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, International Security Assistance Force commander, met with leaders of the 34th Infantry “Red Bulls” Division from the Iowa National Guard Feb. 7 in Mehtar Lam, Afghanistan, in a visit which focused on maintaining security in the Laghman Province and increasing economic development in the region.

“I want to assure you that I am not only a ‘professor of war’ as some journalists in the United States labelled me, I am also a former professor of economics,” Petreaus told a group of leaders from the Red Bulls, as well as other military and local government officials during a lunch hosted by Laghman Province Gov. Mohammed Iqbal Azizi in Mehtar Lam.

“I know that we must not only achieve security – we must then build on that foundation with economic development and improvements in basic services and all the other activities that are necessary for the people to support this government,” Patraeus said.

The 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment of the Red Bulls is the battle space owner of Laghman Province and works closely with the Afghan National Army and Afghan National and Uniform Police to provide security in the province.

Petreaus began his visit with a meeting between Red Bulls military leaders, as well as leaders of the Laghman Province Provincial Reconstruction Team, the Kansas Agribusiness Development Team and other units from nearby Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam who work with the local population.

Petreaus was briefed on operations the units are conducting with their Afghan counterparts in key terrain areas and throughout the province.

“At the end of the day ...  you have to go after the enemy wherever the enemy is – he doesn’t care whether it’s key terrain or non-key terrain,” Petreaus said. “If they can disrupt whatever it is you’re doing, that’s a problem. We cannot let them have safe-havens anywhere we can prevent it.”

After the morning meeting, Petreaus visited with Azizi at his compound. The governor expressed his happiness and gratitude for the coalition’s efforts in the province.

“The team working with me is exceeding my expectations,” Azizi said. “They are very precise.”

Petreaus told the governor the coalition is working to minimize damage to the infrastructure of the province as military operations continue. He said one of the ways he plans to do this is by planting more trees.

“We have destroyed trees as part of military operations, that’s something that’s inescapable,” Petreaus said. “But we will plant many, many more. I am going to have an order that says if you cut one tree, you plant two more somewhere else.”

Petreaus said the highlight of his visit to the province was his visit to the Mastoori Girls School in Mehtar Lam, where Azizi took him after their meeting at the governor’s compound. There he met some of the more than 2,500 girls who attend the school, as well as one of their teachers.

“The most enjoyable moment of the day for me was seeing the young girls at the school and hearing the excitement in their voices about the education they’re now receiving -- something that was impossible in the days of the Taliban,” Petreaus said.
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, left, International Security Assistance Force commander, and Col. Ben Correll, right, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division commander, talk together in a pavilion outside the governor's compound in Mehtar Lam Feb. 7. The general met with Red Bulls and local Afghan leaders during his visit to the Laghman Province. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs Office)LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Col. Ben Correll, left, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division commander, U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, center, International Security Assistance Force commander, and Laghman Province Gov. Mohammed Iqbal Azizi, left, enjoy an Afghan feast together outside the governor's compound in Mehtar Lam Feb. 7. The general met with Red Bulls and local Afghan leaders during his visit to the Laghman Province. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls 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.

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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.