50 graduate Fatima Girls High School

Tabasum Sharqi (left) opens a book she received for graduating at the top of her Fatima Girls High School class at a ceremony held at the Kunar Department of Women’s (click for more)

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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Jacqueline Riner (left), Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team noncommissioned officer in charge of communications from Tifton, Ga., greets an Afghan woman at the Department of Women’s Affairs compound just before the Fatima Girls High School graduation Feb. 23. Thirty-five women took part in the ceremony, though 50 received diplomas. (Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Kimberly Skinner, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team)KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Thirty-five Afghan women took part in a graduation ceremony for the Fatima girls high school held at the Department of Women’s Affairs compound in Asadabad Feb. 23. Though only 35 attended the ceremony, 50 women earned diplomas.

Kansoom Bahar, one of the top 10 students in her class, plans to go to college to become a gynecologist.

“We want to improve the population of the students and women’s society,” Bahar said. “Education is very important in our lives.” 

Female service members from the Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team attended the ceremony.

“Attending the Fatima High School graduation gave us the opportunity to ask questions on the Afghan school process and educate us on what the young female students plan for their future,” said U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Jacqueline Riner, a Tifton, Ga., native and noncommissioned officer in charge of communications for Kunar PRT.

Each graduate received a gift in recognition of her hard work and dedication to her education. Three were recognized for outstanding achievement.

“I want everyone to succeed in the women’s society,” said Mina Rahmani, one of the girls recognized for outstanding achievement. “The women are the future and will bring peace and prosperity.” 

Nargis Abassi, another top graduate, added, “I want a brighter future for all of the young girls in our society. Women should be able to become a doctor, an engineer, a scientist (or) part of Parliament.”

Shah Jahan, deputy director, Kunar Board of Education, also attended the graduation ceremony.  He presented the girls with gifts and words of encouragement to further their education. 

Nasima Sadat, director of women’s affairs, and her 16-year-old daughter Nadia, attended the graduation ceremony as well. 

“I am grateful to see so many girls graduating, and I would like to thank the women of Kunar (PRT) for being here and showing their support,” Sadat said.

The women of Kunar PRT were grateful for being involved. 

“The noteworthy thing for me was how these young women interacted with each other. Just like the young women of the States — giggling, whispering, getting together in groups. Some being shy, some very outgoing and charismatic,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lynn Redman, a nurse practitioner with Kunar PRT from El Paso, Texas. “Then, they put on their burqas and disappeared into the day, each going their own way, some holding the hands of children.”

At the end of the graduation ceremony, the graduates congratulated each other and thanked their teachers, Sadat and Jahan, and the PRT representatives for encouraging them and supporting the graduation ceremony.KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Tabasum Sharqi (left) opens a book she received for graduating at the top of her Fatima Girls High School class at a ceremony held at the Kunar Department of Women’s Affairs Feb. 23. (Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Kimberly Skinner, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team)KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lynn Redman (left), nurse practitioner with the Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team from El Paso, Texas, and U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Jacqueline Riner, Kunar PRT noncommissioned officer in charge of communications from Tifton, Ga., sit in on an English class taught at the Department of Women’s Affairs compound before attending the Fatima Girls High School graduation. For the next six months, two English classes will be taught per day, each with 30 students. (Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Kimberly Skinner, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team)


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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.

ANSF, ISAF begin major operation in Laghman valley

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.