ISAF Joint Command morning operational (JUN 27)

KABUL, Afghanistan (JUN 27) – An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban weapons facilitator in Zharay district, Kandahar province, today.

The facilitator coordinated the transportation and storage of insurgent equipment and supplies used in attacks across the region and participated in the planning of suicide attacks.

During the operation, the security force also detained several suspected insurgents.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:


An Afghan and coalition security force apprehended an insurgent leader in Tarin Kot district, Uruzgan province, Sunday. He was responsible for planning, directing and executing attacks against Afghan National Security Force checkpoints and International Security Assistance Force patrols.

A large weapons and improvised explosive device cache was discovered in an operation conducted by a combined Afghan and coalition security force in Shahid-e Hasas district, Uruzgan province Tuesday. The cache included six rocket-propelled grenades, six IEDs, six kilograms of home-made explosive, eight AK47s, a machine gun, three grenades, and communications equipment. During the operation, insurgents attacked the security force from multiple locations. The Afghan and coalition troops returned fire and killed a number of the insurgents and detained several others.


In Tsamkani district, Paktiya province, an Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation in search of a Haqqani leader today. The leader is responsible for coordinating, financing and leading attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout eastern Paktiya. During the operation, the security force positively identified several groups of armed insurgents. After ensuring no civilians were in the area, the security force engaged the insurgents with a precision airstrike, killing many of them. After the strike, the security force conducted a follow-on assessment of the area and determined no civilians had been harmed and no civilian property had been damaged.

An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Haqqani leader in Sharan district, Paktika province, today. The leader was responsible for building improvised explosive devices used throughout the region. He also provided technical and tactical IED instruction to the Haqqani insurgents under his control. During the operation, the security force also detained multiple suspected insurgents.

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Historical Padshah-seh-Ughur Mausoleum Restored

Kabul – Afghan Minister of Information and Culture Dr. S. M. Raheen joined U.S. Ambassador Hugo Llorens, Assistant Chief of Mission, at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday to celebrate the restoration of the historic Padshah-seh-Ughur Mausoleum. The Mausoleum, which had previously been identified by the Department of Historic Monuments of the Ministry of Information and Culture as in need of urgent repair, is an ancient and deeply significant structure, located in Shueda Salaheen Cemetery. It is considered a sacred place, and is also known as “King of Three Mortars” among the local population.

The restoration was made possible by a U.S. Embassy Kabul Public Affairs Section grant for $95,000 to the Afghan non-governmental organization Humanitarian Assistance and Facilitating Organization (HAFO). Many individuals from the surrounding community were employed on the restoration project and contributed significantly to the successful completion of this site’s restoration.

At the commemoration, Ambassador Llorens saluted the Embassy’s strong partnership with the Ministry of Information, stating “[i]t is an honor to assist in the cultural preservation and restoration of Afghanistan’s rich historical sites, like this mausoleum, which reveal your country’s multi-ethnic heritage and shared religious traditions. My colleagues at the American Embassy and I are proud that we were able to work in close cooperation with the Ministry of Information and Culture, and enable the Humanitarian Assistance and Facilitating Organization NGO to renovate and restore this mausoleum.”

The project was completed in April, 2012, and included the planting of 150 trees

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Afghanistan National Army leads first medical awareness training in Pasab

By Spc. Tyler Meister
117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

ZHARAY, Afghanistan – Groups of local Afghans streamed into the Pasab Bazaar soccer field with wide eyes and curious faces, to see what the Afghan National Army and International Security Assistance Forces were up to, June 25.
ANA medics from 5th Kandak teamed up with medics from A and B Company, 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, to provide classes to locals near Pasab.
The ANA medics took the reins and instructed the classes. Each station was led by two ANA medics, as 782nd, 4th Brigade Combat Team medics assisted, giving guidance if needed.
The classes offered were preventive medicine, hot-weather injury and dental hygiene.
102 villagers received classes and health kits containing: toothpaste, hand sanitizer, sun screen, chap stick and other items.
“The classes are very useful because people here in the rural areas do not know much about the basics,” said Amin Ullah, an ANA medic with 5th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, who taught the hot-weather injury class. He taught them proper procedures for preventing a heat casualty, including using sun screen and other products inside the health kit. “Not many people are educated on how to use the items we are giving them, so we are here to give them some important skills,” Ullah said. “I hope that the people in South Kandahar realize we are here to help,” he continued. “I want to encourage them to help us bring peace and stability.”
Zahir Muslim, another medic with the 5th Kandak, 3rd Bde, 205th Infantry Corps, who taught the preventive medicine class, received positive feedback from the villagers that attended his class.
“I want to try and teach people here as much as I can because U.S. Forces are leaving soon,” Muslim said.
Muslim was grateful for all the U.S. has taught him and looks forward to sharing his knowledge with the people here.
“The U.S. is very helpful and I want to thank them on behalf of all ANA Soldiers and myself,” Muslim said.
“The mission and classes are valued, but more importantly, it builds strong relations with the people,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Ian D. Guy, Command Sergeant Major of the 782nd BSB, 4th BCT, 82nd Airborne Division.

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More Than A Thousand Families Benefit from Kushkak Canal Rehabilitation

JALALABAD, TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012— At today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, Nangarhar Deputy Provincial Governor Mohammad Hanif Gardiwal, Surkhrod Deputy District Governor, Haji Mohd. Ikram, provincial council members, representatives of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and elders from Surkhrod District celebrated the completion of the newly rehabilitated Kushkak Canal.
Kushkak Canal flows up to 10 kilometers through six villages and provides irrigation water for 388 hectares of land, benefiting 1178 farming families in Surkhrod District of Nangarhar Province. USAID implemented this project in close coordination with the Department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, the Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, and the local community. The rehabilitation work included the construction of 70 meters long main wall, 882 meters of canal side walls, three regulating gates for spillways and 17 dikes in different locations.
Kushkak Canal also helps the operation of two micro hydropower plants and two flour mills that were previously inactive due to insufficient water supply. The micro hydropower plants now provide electricity to 590 families and to 4 poultry farms in the area.
“Before rehabilitation of Kushkak canal, there was not enough water for irrigation. Also, during monsoon season, floods would always damage the canal and causes crops to be parched. This presented a big problem for the residents of the area. Now, we can all breathe a sigh of relief,” said Engineer Jan Mohammad, Head of the Planning Department at the Nangarhar Provincial Directorate of Irrigation and Energy.
During the project implementation period some 60 local residents had the opportunity to work on the project. Through daily wage employments and sourcing of locally available construction material like sand, gravel and stones, more than USD 185,000 was injected into the local economy.
USAID’s Incentives Driving Economic Alternatives for the North, East, West (IDEA-NEW) Project strives to improve irrigation systems and market linkages across eastern, northern and western Afghanistan that enables farmers to produce high-quality fruits and vegetables and obtain higher market prices.

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ISAF casualty (June 24

KABUL, Afghanistan (June 24) – An International Security Assistance Force service member died as a result of a non-battle related injury in western Afghanistan today.

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Khost PGOV: Can’t break the determination of Afghans

BAGRAM, Afghanistan (June 24, 2012) – Insurgents caused 57 casualties in eastern Afghanistan from June 16 through June 23. They injured 43 innocent civilians, killing 14.

Khost province suffered a total of 32 wounded and 14 Afghans killed when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in the heart of Khost city during peak business hours.

“Such barbaric attacks kill the innocent people of Afghanistan and put more of our poor people in grief. The enemies of Islam and peace must know that by such barbaric attacks like the one that happened in Khost city. They can’t break the determination of the Afghan nation to bringing prosperity and peace in our communities,” said Abdul Jabbar Naeemi, Khost provincial governor.

Despite the efforts of the enemies of Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, ISAF forces in eastern Afghanistan remain committed to partnering with their Afghan National Security Forces counterparts to secure a stable and prosperous future for the Afghan people.

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KAW Flight Medics Train for Air Treatment

Story and Photos by
Sgt. Daniel Schroeder
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – On June 19, Army Staff Sgt. Miguel Valdez, a flight medic from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, taught MEDEVAC skills to Afghan National Army Soldier, Kushmal Muslimyar, a flight medic with the Kandahar Air Wing on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. As part of medical training, Coalition Forces have been training Afghan flight medics in the proper procedures for receiving a patient and providing treatment in flight.
Coalition Forces have been training Afghan Forces to conduct independent operations. Since the start of transitioning operations, Afghans have been trained in aviation maintenance, ground maintenance, air assault operation and medical treatment.
During the training session, Muslimyar was shown how to receive, assess, and administer care to patients who are in flight to a medical facility. The first aspect covered properly assessing the patient. “The assessment is very important,” said Valdez, originally from Phoenix, Ariz. “It is the basis for everything we need to do for a patient. In order to perform an accurate assessment, we conduct a systematic approach to checking the patient.”
The assessment is a visual inspection for bleeding or noticeable injuries followed by a tactile inspection for unseen injuries or bleeding from head to toe. Also during the assessment, the patient might have to be rolled onto their side to check the back for injuries in the event bleeding was noticed.
“Every part is important; the learning, teaching, and treating the patient,” said Muslimyar. “This course is more in depth than the training we previously had. This is the first time I get to receive this training on an important part of our mission.”
After the hands-on instruction of assessing a patient was complete, next Muslimyar was trained on how to receive a patient after landing, load the patient, and administer proper care in the aircraft. To simulate receiving a patient, he received information on casualty wounds and previously conducted care. Using the information, he gave instructions to the training crew on how the patient should be loaded. Muslimyar began his assessment of the patient and hooked up a defibrillator to record the vital signs and output levels of the patient while in the back of a UH-60 Black Hawk MEDEVAC helicopter.
“He was already familiar with the defibrillator, but not
familiar with what it can do,” said Valdez. “There are a lot of functions they don’t touch on the machine. I showed him the different sizes of pressure cuffs, what each component does and where to apply it to the patient.”
Next the training was taken indoors to better explain the readings on the defibrillator’s monitor. This was to teach Muslimyar what to look for when administering aid to a patient.
“During your assessment you get feedback from the body. Our training is progressive because one subject leads to the next. One of the most important things to remember is that all patients are different,” Valdez said.
C/3-25, 25th CAB has been conducting flight medic training to prepare Afghan flight medics to treat other Afghans in need during MEDEVAC mission since January. Future training will involve using the Afghan Soldier’s supplies and go further in depth with treatment, and reactions to medications.

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District Leadership vow to make Zharay and Maiwand what the people need

Capt. Allie M. Scott
4th Bde. Combat Team, 82nd Abn. Div. PAO

Zharay District, Afghanistan – The military and police leaders of Zharay, Panjwai and Maiwand Districts in Kandahar Province came together, June 21, to discuss how the efforts of their men can bring peace and security by conducting operations soon to eliminate enemy activities.
The event took place at the Zharay District Center. In attendance were; the commander of the Afghan National Army’s 205th Infantry Corps, Afghan Maj. Gen. Abdul Hamid, commander of the Civil Order Police, Gen. Salim Esas, Kandahar Provincial Police Chief, Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq, commander of the 2nd Brigade, 205th Infantry Corps and Civil Order Police Commander, Brig. Gen. Ghullam Mohaiddin, the Zharay Deputy Police Chief, Masoom Khan, the Maiwand Deputy Police Chief, Salem Mohammad, the Maiwand District Governor, Sultan Mohammad and local Shura Leaders from both districts. There were also ISAF officials in attendance. The men, stood to declare their dedication to making Zharay and Maiwand Districts what the people need to repel the Taliban, gathered as a show of commitment to their words.
“We should not repeat the problems in the past,” said Gen. Salim Esas, commander of the Civil Order Police.
“Zharay has the largest force and we should secure those that stand up as leaders. These are the fighters. Not everyone in the shura is there for their picture.” said Esas.
The Maiwand District Governor Sultan Mohammad began with a request for those most necessary to success, “My request for the Elders, as I support the mission, you support the men conducting the mission.” “If we get together as a unified effort, there will be no enemy left. I am prepared to protect my District.” said, Governor Mohammad. “I am sure by the end of the day the enemy will know. But if we have a proper plan, the enemy will go.”
Masoom Khan boldly told the Afghan leaders “We are very together, we are united, I have weapons and fighters, I am ready for these operations.”
Many of these men have seen battle in the defense of their Nation in this war or ones previous. They stand united, ready to fight now. The Provincial police chief started his comments with a very key message to success.
“Most effective is the Shura and governance. There has to be a plan where police stay and the Afghan National Army enables.” stated Brig. Gen. Abdul Razziq “Security is not always the answer.” Razziq has held the office of Police Chief of Kandahar Province for many years, following in his father’s footsteps as a fighter for the government.
Gen. Hamid, stated “After these operations, we will extend our boundaries to protect the people. We need the peoples support too and with words. This is the best way security. It’s the help and support from populace to be successful. Leave the tribal differences and come together. We need good governance and security and then development will come.”
Soon, operations under the protectors of these districts will be underway. They stand together in unity, for a common purpose, protection of the people and a better way of life. As many of the men in the room stated that day, they are ready.

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Afghan police cache find

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Thursday, Afghan police raided an explosives factory in Nar-e-Saraj district, Helmand province , June 21. The security personnel captured 100 batteries, 10 remote-control devices, 8 command pull systems, 250 detonators, 300 meters of wire and 22 mines without resistance

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