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PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - An Afghan poet prepares for her recitation on Radio Dunya in Charikaar by flipping through a notebook Feb. 16. The radio broadcast featured recitations from U.S. Soldiers and Afghans as part of a celebration of the birth of Muhammad and Valentine's Day. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Adam L. Mathis, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Pfc. David Fountain sat in a darkened room in Charikaar Feb. 16. Candles sat on the table in front of him and a string of colored lights on the wall added to the illumination. A microphone and a group of Afghans waited for him to speak.

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,” Fountain began.
Beside the intelligence analyst from Ames, Iowa, sat an interpreter, who filled in the pauses with a translation of the poem Fountain was reading, Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” for the audience of the Afghan Radio Dunya.

The occasion was a mix of Western and Islamic cultural traditions. Ahmad Anaiesh, who runs Radio Dunya and also read a poem, said the broadcast was part of a two-day celebration to mark Valentine’s Day and honor the birth of Muhammad, known as Mawlid al Nabi.
“Today we also share our culture with a society and also with other people in the United States,” Anaiesh said through an interpreter.

This mix of cultures was not lost on Fountain. While he often works with data about Afghans, this was his first time to leave Bagram Airfield and experience the culture firsthand.

“I feel, personally, like my eyes were opened to something new, and I think it was a really great overall experience,” said Fountain with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls.

The Soldiers who came, however, did not just recite the poetry of others. U.S. Army Spc. Robyn Smalley of Fairfield, Iowa, an intelligence analyst with Co. B, 2nd BCT, 34th Inf. Div., Brigade Special Troops Battalion, read a poem, titled “Peace” she composed two years ago for International Peace Day.

“Part of the reason I went ahead and decided to choose that poem, even though it was two years old, was because I thought it would be special. I wanted to help bridge that relationship between U.S. and Afghans, and what better subject to speak on than peace?” Smalley said.PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Spc. Robyn Smalley of Fairfield, Iowa, an intelligence analyst with Company B, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Task Force Red Bulls, recites her poem, PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Pfc. David Fountain of Ames, Iowa, an intelligence analyst with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, reads


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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.

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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.