FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan – More than 100 members
of the Afghan National Security Force and the International Security
Assistance Force attended a 3rd Zone Afghan Border Police commander’s
conference, May 26.
The conference highlighted overall zone operations, personnel
issues, logistics and communications of the 3rd Zone ABP, which is the
main force at checkpoints along the border in southern Afghanistan.
“The security status and situation of Afghanistan is getting
better day by day,” said Afghan Brig. Gen. Tafseer Khan, commander of
the 3rd Zone ABP. “We are doing very well but there is way more ahead
and many things to take care of.”
Besides discussing logistical issues, Afghan leadership spoke
about their ambitions and future operations of the 3rd Zone ABP.
“Throughout our mid-term cycle we will be able to defeat
insurgents, Taliban and smugglers,” added Khan. “If not, at least we
will be able to reduce the number of their activities.”
The long-term goals and objectives of the 3rd Zone ABP include
the defeat of the Taliban, increasing the capabilities at border
checkpoints, and providing more training and education for all border
“To reach all of these goals and objectives, our staff needs to benefit
from this opportunity and become one team,” said Khan. “As a result of
all these developments, the 3rd Zone ABP will become a role model for
other regions and zones.”
Although the ANSF is spearheading border operations, Khan recognized his
goals wouldn’t be possible without the support from ISAF members who are
aiding in the country’s stabilization.
“All of these national and international interests will be achieved with
the help of ISAF,” said Khan, “so we can move forward and have the
ability to stand on our own feet.”
Australian Army Brig. Gen. Chris Field, deputy commander for force
development of Regional Command-South, spoke accolades about
accomplishments made by the local ABP.
“You are here on the border, and you are responsible for
stopping the insurgents trying to do harm on the people of Afghanistan,
and you do a very good job,” said Field. “It’s now the
professionalization of your forces which will continue to make things
The ABP’s strength, posture and vigilance are especially
important; their armed forces are the first show-of-force encountered
but anyone crossing the border into Afghanistan.
“You are the first line of defense for your country, and that is very
important,” said Col. Gary W. Johnston, commander of the 504th
Battlefield Surveillance Brigade . “Do not let the enemy take the
advantage in timing, or tone or tempo about this fight.”
The ABP are part of the larger Afghan National Police and fall under
control of the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs. The border police
are responsible for enforcing immigration and custom regulations along
the border and at the country’s international airports.
“The things you do here impact the police in Kandahar. It
impacts the ANA further inside your country,” added Johnston. “Thank you
for your leadership and thank you for bringing freedom to your country.”
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KANDAHAR, Afganistan- The Afghan Uniformed Police of Police Sub-Station 16, of Sub-District 4 in Kandahar, Afghanistan conducted a search of shops and compounds with Military Police of the 58th Military Police Company, 503rd Military Police Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, May 23. The purpose of this search was to allow the AUP of PSS 16 to lead the way in providing security and safety to the people within their area. “Today the mission was a joint search with AUP in the lead of specific compounds in the area that have had some situations in the past,” said Staff Sgt. Gordon Williams, who serves as a squad leader with 2nd Platoon, 58th MP Co. “The idea was to go out there and get the AUP talking to the people and searching the compound to see if there was any contraband in the area.” The mission proved to be successful with AUP taking the lead role when searching for contraband and gaining the respect of the Afghan civilians. “Today’s operation was very good. The AUP knew how to do the operation, and they knew how to interact with the people,” said Lt. Ali Ahmad, who serves as the commander of PSS 16. “Right now our relationship is really good with the Afghan people, because many people are happy and helping with the government.” The key in strengthening the growing relationship between the Afghan people and the AUP hinges on their ability for the people to see their police in the lead. “It is important to see the AUP out there in the lead taking charge and showing that our efforts here haven’t been a waste, and that they understand that we are training the AUP,” said Williams. “The AUP are ready to take the country on their own by providing security and community policing projects and take care of the communality as policemen here.” Having the AUP in the lead is crucial as the U.S. forces shift to a more advisory role in Afghanistan. ” The Afghans need to see that our training is helping the AUP so that they will be ready to take over this country and provide all security that is necessary in order to perform all of the policing projects they will be doing without our assistance at all,” said Williams. The AUPs ability to take the lead did not happen overnight. The MPs with the 58th MP Co. have been training with the AUP to ensure they are fully prepared to take command of their area. “There have been challenges. There is obviously the language barrier and cultural challenges with the way they operate, and the way things are here in this country as opposed to the U.S.,” said Williams. “When we got here it was hard for them to talk to people and do certain things because of their culture.” The 58th MP Co. was able to overcome these setbacks and ensure the AUP were prepared to take the lead. “The big way we overcame setbacks was by understanding where the AUP are coming from, and how they see things,” said Williams. “By not just going out there and doing it the American way, but taking a step back and talking with the AUP and seeing how they see how it should be done.” This process proved to be extremely beneficial to the AUP. “It was really nice to train with the 58th MP Co., because now my guys know how we can properly search people and track them,” said Ahmad. As the AUP continue to gain the ability to function on their own and lead the way in protecting their own people and their confidence continues to grow as well. “I am so proud of my uniform. I am proud that I get to keep security for all of the civilians around our station,” said Ahamad. “As long as I am alive, I will be working with the government in helping to keep Afghans safe. “
URUZGAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN – The Khaz Uruzgan District Augmentation Team (KU DAT) met with District Governor Abdul Halim May 19, to discuss the reintegration of three former Taliban members at the weekly District Community Council shura in the village of Khaz. Dilber Khan, a former Taliban commander, along with former Taliban members Habib Alluh and Amir Mohammed, have begun the reintegration process. “The three men have turned their weapons into the District Chief of Police, Haji Rashid and renounced their ties to the Taliban,” said Halim. “Additionally, the three men have filled out all required paperwork to begin the reintegration process.” Halim stated that after the high profile Taliban commander Abdul Samad reintegrated, he expects more Taliban members to reintegrate in order to take advantage of the program’s incentives. The shura chairman, Malik Karim, said that currently, he is speaking with local elders to encourage more taliban to begin the reintegration process to become productive Afghan citizens. Following his remarks, Karim introduced Dilber Khan to the shura. Khan denounced the Taliban, pledged his support for the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) to the shura, and accepted all the terms of the reintegration process, said a KU DAT member. Shura members guaranteed Khan’s commitment and unanimously accepted his reintegration into the community.
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Initial reporting received by ISAF’s Regional Command South-West indicates that this afternoon, just north of Lashkar Gar, the Taliban set off an explosion that injured 3 local policemen and 4 civilians. All casualties were initially treated at the scene by ISAF members in response to a request for assistance from the local police.
After initial treatment, those injured were moved to a secure location in order to facilitate medical evacuations.