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)
Soldiers from the Polish Army and the Texas National Guard Agribusiness Development Team-IV check their shot grouping during qualification on the Polish AK-74 5.56 mm Mini-Beryl short assault rifle Feb. (click for more)
U.S. Army Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke, play an impromptu game of volleyball against a team (click for more)
Dr. Mehirulla Muslim, the Nurgaram District subgovernor, addresses an audience of teachers, government officials and citizens during a ceremony to celebrate a completed solar panel electricity project Feb. 21 in (click for more)
U.S. Army Spc. Raheem Stewart, an automations specialist with TF Phoenix, steps along the rafters of the building his team helped wire for communications. Stewart, from Dallas, was one of (click for more)
An Afghan National Army soldier from Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Regiment, searches a pile of rocks in the courtyard of a high-value target home outside the village of (click for more)
U.S. Army Capt. Nicole Zupka of Fair Lawn, N.J., a battlewatch captain with Combined Joint Task Force-Paladin, helps an Afghan child with her writing skills during female engagement team training (click for more)
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)
Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team II members, U.S. Army Spc. Justin Allen (left), a London, Ky., native, and U.S. Army Sgt. Nicholas Combs, a Corbin, Ky., native, get to know a (click for more)
KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, commander of International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, visited Jaji Maidan, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, June 2.
Greeted by hundreds of flag-waving residents and a marching band, Petraeus was joined on the visit by Khowst Provincial Gov. Abdul Jabaar Naeemi and U.S. Army Col. Chris Toner, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke and a native of Topeka, Kan.
Petraeus came to Khowst earlier in the day for meetings at Forward Operating Base Salerno that included an operational update and a battlefield circulation with leadership from the 3rd BCT, 1st Inf. Div., TF Duke.
Petraeus spoke to villagers of Jaji Maidan at local school about the need for Afghans to take the lead on matters relating to economic development and security.
“We share President Karzai’s desire to have Afghans securing Afghans,” said Petraeus.
Gains made against insurgents require continued vigilance, however, said Petraeus, citing the need to continue working together for progress that has brought improved schools, roads and economic development in eastern Afghanistan and across the country.
“The progress in recent months has been particularly impressive, and it’s very important that we maintain our calm and determination so that we achieve our objectives,” said Petraeus.
Those shared objectives of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and coalition forces, namely improved governance and a safer, secure and more prosperous Afghanistan will hopefully be improved based on the positive impact of the visit, said one resident.
“It’s a good event, good for our district, and hopefully it will bring good things to our people,” said Abdul Wadood, a Jaji Maidan resident. “I’m very happy.”
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