Afghan soldiers rescue villagers from flash flood

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Grateful Afghan villagers are rescued from flash floods by Afghan National Army Soldiers July 28. The ANA Soldiers rescued over 200 villagers from flash flooding Read more

330th MPC build rapport

KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A young boy sits on a table at a convenience store while members of the 330th Military Police Company, Police Combined Action Team, buy juice and Read more

ANP Search for illegal weapons

KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Policemen and members of the 330th Military Police Company, Police Combined Action Team, search a goat herder’s house for illegal weapons and evidence of Read more

Patrols help keep peace in Pech Valley area

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Children from Kandigal village in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province follow U.S. Army Pfc. Richard J. Sandoval of Fresno, Calif., radio operator for 3rd Platoon, Company B, Read more

Convoy fights off insurgent ambush

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Pfc. Aaron R. Will of Tampa, Fla., a gunner with 2nd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, reloads his Read more

Mississippi’s bomb hunters: Army National Guardsmen fight roadside bombs

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Soldiers of 1st Plt., 287th Engineer Co. pray before leaving on a route clearance mission in southeastern Afghanistan July 18. Since their arrival in theater in Read more
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  • Afghan entrepreneurs looking for investors

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    PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A worker at the Ghulam Nabi Yaqoobi Construction and Road Construction Company processes raw marble. GNYCRC owners are looking to expand their marble company. The owners have an international business plan, and are looking for outside investors for the only legitimate marble mining operation in the Panjshir Province. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Jason Smith, Panjshir PRT Public Affairs)PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Two Panjshir Province entrepreneurs are looking for investors to get into the marble business for huge returns on what they call a “sure thing.”

    Ghulam Nabi Yaqoobi, director of the Ghulam Nabi Yaqoobi Construction and Road Construction Company, and Ahmad Fawad, GNYCRC manager, said they already have offers from Canada, Germany, Dubai and Italy for some of the high-quality Panjshir marble, but they don’t have enough equipment to meet the demand.


    “Marble from Panjshir is the best quality of marble,” said Fawad, through an interpreter. “In Kabul there are lots of marble companies, but we’re the only marble company in Panjshir with access to this marble and granite. We have 100 percent offers from some major buyers in big countries.”

    Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 August 2010 11:00
  • TF Talon paratroopers provide NCO school for ANP, ANA soldiers

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    WARDAK PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army Sgt. Abdul Ghayas reviews qualification scorecards, while ANA Sgt. Muhammad Kahn Mashowni inspects the recruits’ weapons to ensure they are clear at the qualification range. The 1-503rd Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and military police from the 401st MP Company are assigned to Combat Outpost Sayed Abad. (Photo by Army Spc. Aaron Smith, 401st Military Police Company)WARDAK PROVINCE, Afghanistan– Combat Outpost Sayed Abad is now home to a new noncommissioned officer school designed to deliver a train-the-trainer approach at teaching and hone the skills Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army soldiers need to be successful NCOs.

    The school was designed with input from ANA, ANP and U.S. forces to give Afghan students skills and knowledge that will be instrumental in the training of their soldiers. Read more...


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Afghan citizen reports munitions cache

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Coalition forces recovered a large munitions cache in the Bagram district here Aug. 10. 

Responding to an Afghan citizen who uncovered the cache while digging, a coalition forces explosive ordnance disposal team secured the site, detonated munitions that could not be safely removed, and transported the remaining munitions to Bagram Airfield for disposal.

Taliban attack mosque on first day of Ramadan

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (August 11, 2010) – At approximately 8 a.m., Taliban fighters fired four rocket-propelled grenades at a mosque near Asadabad. One of the RPGs directly hit the mosque, breaking windows and cutting down a tree. No personnel were injured.

Panjshir government aiding citizens affected by floods

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The Panjshir government with assistance from the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team is aiding citizens affected by flooding that started Aug. 4 in the Abdullah Khel Valley.

Heavy rainfall in the Abdullah Khel Valley led to flooding and severe erosion of the river bank. Some roads are impassable and some farm land flooded along the river. 

“Some of these roads get washed away several times a year, and the villagers rebuild them,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Phillip Baker, Panjshir PRT civil engineer and San Antonio native. “My job is to evaluate the historical trends and educate the people on ways to make their infrastructure more sustainable.”

Parwan citizens report IED, UXO sites

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Police responded to the call of concerned citizens in Charikar and discover one improvised explosive device and three unexploded ordinance sites July 28. 

UXO is a major problem in Afghanistan due to the years of war with the former Soviet Union, however, ANP explosive ordinance disposal teams are trained to safely recover and dispose of the dangerous devices.