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Afghan Border Police attend leadership conference


Afghan Border Police attend leadership conference

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
police members.
“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
better.”
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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AUP and 58th MP Co Conduct Joint Operation


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. “

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Former Taliban Commander, 2 Former Taliban Members Begin Reintegration


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. 

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RC(SW) Afghanistan Initial Report: Taliban’s Attack Harms Civilians North of Lashkar Gar


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.

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