50 graduate Fatima Girls High School

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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Farmers pack a room at the Agricultural Compound in Asadabad, the provincial capital, March 31 to celebrate Farmer's Day, an event underwritten by the Iowa National Guard's 734th Agribusiness Development Team. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn, 734th Agribusiness Development Team Public Affairs)KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Approximately 120 farmers packed a room at the Agricultural Compound in the Kunar Province capital March 31 to celebrate Farmer’s Day, an event underwritten by the Iowa National Guard’s 734th Agribusiness Development Team.

Kunar Province Gov. Haji Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi gave the keynote speech at the event in Asadabad. During his speech, Wahidi ran down a long list of development activities in Kunar and singled out the ADT for its role in improving agriculture in Kunar.

“With the ADT’s help, we have planted 50,000 jeribs (27,400 acres) of trees, both fruit and non-fruit trees, in the last several months,” Wahidi said. “We have also vaccinated many thousands of livestock and farmers are learning better techniques at the demonstration farms the ADT has built.”

The event culminated with the distribution of farm tools, urea fertilizer, saplings and orchard education workbooks to the farmers who attended the event, including Shereen, a small farmer from the Sarkani District. Shereen expressed gratitude for the farm supplies, which he said would have cost him a lot of money.

Shereen said he also applauded the American presence in Kunar.

“It’s good the Americans are here,” he said. “They have done so much to help us with agriculture, and they are helping us rebuild Kunar. The Americans even built the roads here.”

The ADT spent a little more than $3,000 to provide the farm supplies to the Farmer’s Day attendees. U.S. Army Col. Craig Bargfrede of Ankeny, Iowa, ADT commander, emphasized that the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan distributed the supplies.

“We really don’t want the credit for getting these materials into the hands of the farmers here,” Bargfrede said. “We’re building the capacity of the government to provide agricultural services to the citizens in Kunar and, in the future, we would hope this is the kind of thing the provincial government will be able to do on its own.”
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Kunar Province Gov. Haji Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi addresses Farmer's Day attendees March 31 in Asadabad, the provincial capital, as U.S. Army Col. Craig Bargfrede of Ankeny, Iowa, Iowa National Guard's 734th Agribusiness Development Team commander, listens. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn, 734th Agribusiness Development Team Public Affairs)KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Shereen, a farmer from the Sarkani District, leaves the Farmer's Day celebration March 31 in Asasdabad, the provincial capital, with tools, saplings and farm supplies purchased by the Iowa National Guard's 734th Agribusiness Development Team. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn, 734th Agribusiness Development 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.

 
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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.

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