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PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan National Army Soldier from the 3rd Coy, 1st Kandak, based at Afghan Combat Outpost Rahman Kheyl, examines the perimeter of a home in Menjawar village, eastern Zormat district, Paktya Province where a cache of illegal weapons was found Feb. 27. The ANA and 2nd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Lethal, were tipped off about the weapons cache through the Guardians of Peace program, which is designed to allow local Afghans to anonymously provide information to Afghan National Security Forces that lead to the enemy cache find. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Smith, Company C, Task Force Lethal) PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Acting on a tip, members of the 3rd Coy, 1st Kandak, Afghan National Army, alongside 2nd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Lethal, uncovered a cache of munitions in a house in Zormat District, Paktya Province, Afghanistan, Feb. 27.

The tip given to the ANA was generated by the Guardians of Peace program, which allows local villagers to anonymously call Afghan National Security Forces with information about suspicious activity.

Before going to the suspected cache site, 2nd Lt. Malcolm Baraibar, 2nd Plt. leader and native of Fort Dodge, Iowa; and Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Smith, from Altoona, Iowa, and the platoon sergeant for 2nd Plt., conducted joint mission planning with the ANA executive officer, 1st Lt. Hasim.

“We’ve been working on map reading with the ANA,” said Smith. “So a lot of our focus was on planning the route.”

When they arrived to the village of Menjawar, the ANA and coalition forces split into two elements.

Baraibar and several ANA Soldiers met with the village elders and were very direct with their message.

“We seem to constantly find things that can harm your villagers, ANSF and coalition forces when we come here,” Baraibar explained to the elders. He went on to encourage the villagers to use the Guardians of Peace program.

“We can’t change what’s in the village if we don’t know what’s happening,” he told them.

The second element, lead by 1st Lt. Pallawan, a platoon leader for the 3rd Coy, and Smith, searched the home of the reported weapons cache.

After the ANA performed an initial sweep of the home, coalition forces were allowed in and scanned the interior of the home.

Their search uncovered several boxes of illegal ammunition, anti-personnel mines and other weapons.

The ANA gathered and catalogued all the evidence then questioned and detained two individuals who were brought to the ANA compound.

Acting on tips generated through the Guardians of Peace program during the last few weeks, Company C and the 3rd Coy have been methodically and effectively clearing eastern Zormat of enemy weapons, an effort intended to keep violence to a minimum in the coming months.


Last Updated on Saturday, 05 March 2011 05:02


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Coalition forces engage insurgents in Kapisa

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.

ANSF, TF Bastogne continue operations in Kunar


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.

Afghan leaders, coalition forces look forward

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.