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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10th CAB Soldiers bring communications to Bagram’s east side

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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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PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Hami Dullha, the Paktika Province’s director of the Department of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock, discusses progress of the province’s watershed program with U.S. Army Maj. Stephen L. Battle, the civil affairs officer from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and native of Rochester, N.Y., during his visit April 9 at Forward Operating Base Sharana in Paktika Province, Afghanistan. The program, which employs local workers, is designed to prevent soil erosion and improve agriculture. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Staff members from Task Force Currahee received their first visit from Hami Dullha, Paktika Province’s director of the Department Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, April 9 at Forward Operating Base Sharana in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

Task Force Currahee leaders and Hami Dullha discussed specifics of the provincial watershed program, Operation AGRI-MAX.

Though officially launched in January, this was the first time that Hami Dullha visited FOB Sharana and discussed the program with TF Currahee leadership.

“This meeting was very beneficial,” said Hami Dullha. “It was an excellent opportunity to be able to discuss the information about this program.

“We talked about check-dams,” he said. “These will be very beneficial for the agriculture in the area because it will provide better working water and keep the water from running away and taking the dirt.”

“Not only is this program beneficial to the local agriculture, it has many secondary benefits,” said U.S. Army Maj. Stephen L. Battle, the civil affairs officer from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and native of Rochester, N.Y.

All the individuals employed on the projects are locals, working as part of a work-for-cash incentive, said Battle. The program not only benefits the agriculture but also the local economy, he said.

The program has been underway at six different sites in several districts but this meeting will help move the program from district-level to provincial- level, said Battle. Following more meetings like this, the director of agriculture and those who work with him will have a fuller understanding of the program and be able to run the program completely on their own in the future.

Hami Dullha said his presence at the meeting left him more informed and better prepared to explain to the people of Paktika what the future will hold.

“When the people ask me questions about the program, I now can tell them what exactly is going on in our districts and what is planned,” said Hami Dullha.PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Afghans prepare a river bed for check-dams as part of the provincial watershed restoration program in Paktika Province, Afghanistan. Hami Dullha, Paktika Province’s director of the Department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, discussed the purpose and plans for this program with Task Force Currahee staff members during his first visit to Forward Operating Base Sharana in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, April 9. (Courtesy Photo)


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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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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.