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Forces Capture Militants, Seize Weapons

Posted by Larry Barnes on December 31, 2009

American Forces Press Service
KABUL, Dec. 31, 2009 – Afghan and international security forces captured suspected militants and seized weapons in Afghanistan yesterday, military officials reported.

A combined force captured suspected militants in Kandahar province while pursuing a Taliban district commander.

Also in Kandahar, a combined force detained a suspected militant while searching for a Taliban commander.

Meanwhile, a combined force found two 20-pound jugs of explosives in Helmand province’s Garm Ser district. The explosives were destroyed and no one was injured.

In Kandahar province’s Panjwa district, a combined force discovered five artillery rounds tied together with wires in a sack.

Also in the south, Afghan civilians handed over four artillery shells to International Security Assistance Force members in Helmand province’s Nad Ali district.

No shots were fired and no one was harmed during these operations.

(From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command news release.)

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Top Stories From The War On Terror

Posted by Larry Barnes on December 31, 2009

The following links provide stories from the battle front and in the military in general. Click the link in the title for the full story.

Villagers Report Roadside Bomb, Deflect Insurgent Operations
The Deh Afghan District, Zabul province, has historically been a hotbed of insurgent activity. Nestled between three mountain ranges and bordering Oruzgan province, Deh Afghan was once frequented by a high level Taliban command enroute to Pakistan and Kandahar province. But years of attention from the Afghan national army and U.S. Special Forces has finally begun to pay off.
12.31.09, Story by Sgt. Debra Richardson

ISAF Questions Claims of Civilian Casualties and Calls for Joint Investigation
On Dec. 26, a joint coalition and Afghan security force entered the village of Ghazi Khan in the Narang District of Kunar province in order to locate a known insurgent group responsible for a series of violent attacks in the area. As the joint assault force entered the village, they came under fire from several buildings and in returning fire killed nine individuals. Several assault rifles, ammunition and ammonium nitrate used in bomb-making were discovered.
12.30.09, Courtesy Story

Statement in Response to Shooting in Western Afghanistan
An ISAF service member from the United States died following a shooting today in western Afghanistan. ISAF is working with its Afghan partners to investigate the incident.
12.29.09, Courtesy Story

Georgia Air Guard Teams With Fighting 48th in Afghanistan
Georgia Air National Guardsmen assigned to the 165th Air Support Operations Squadron have teamed up with 48th Infantry Brigade soldiers in eastern Afghanistan.
12.29.09, Courtesy Story

Operational Update, Dec. 29
Afghan-international security forces captured Taliban commanders and several militants in Kandahar and Khowst last night.
12.29.09, Courtesy Story

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Posted by Larry Barnes on December 29, 2009

Soilders On Patrol In Afghanistan

Joint Operation Started to Aid Development in Western Afghanistan
Afghan and ISAF forces began an operation Sunday near Bala Murghab District in Badghis province to secure Afghan national security force outposts as part of a development plan started nearly a month ago. After the joint force occupied security outposts, 60 insurgent fighters attacked the force with small arms and RPG fire from multiple locations including adjacent compounds.

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Afghanistan Dvids Movie Sound Track: 10,000 by Los Natas

Posted by Larry Barnes on December 28, 2009

Our forces in actionMusic: 10,000artist: Los Natasalbum: El Nuevo Orden de la Libertad

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Firefight In Korengal Valley.wmv

Posted by Larry Barnes on December 28, 2009

Embedded Training Team: Training Under FireThe sun has barely risen over the Korengal valley, Sept. 24, and service members with Embedded Training Team 7-5 are under fire. “Are you ready to run?” U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Michael Shanahan asks before darting across an exposed pathway in the mountainside village of Lanayal, an Anti Tank-4 rocket launcher in his hands, ready to be fired. http://www.dvidshub.net/?script=news/news_show.php&id=40004

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Firefight In Korengal Valley

Posted by Larry Barnes on December 28, 2009

Embedded Training Team: Training Under FireThe sun has barely risen over the Korengal valley, Sept. 24, and service members with Embedded Training Team 7-5 are under fire. “Are you ready to run?” U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Michael Shanahan asks before darting across an exposed pathway in the mountainside village of Lanayal, an Anti Tank-4 rocket launcher in his hands, ready to be fired. Read the full story/a>

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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – As bullets stated to rain down on Baker Company’s position, a Soldier sighed, and said, annoyingly, “Well here we go.”

Over the next twenty minutes the service members fired everything from bullets to curse words at the invisible enemy attacking from the surrounding hills.

“Just once I’d like to come out here and not get shot at,” said an exasperated U.S. Army Sgt. Graham Mullins, of Columbia, Mo., using a four-foot stone wall for cover. “Just once.”

Near the end, two F-15 fighter jets pummelled the insurgent forces with 500-pound bombs, and an eerie silence fell across the battlefield. For the U.S. service members, it was just another morning in the notorious Korengal Valley.

Nicknamed “The Valley of Death,” the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Soldiers have called the isolated valley, in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, home, since arriving in June.

“This place is definitely its own monster; there are a lot of other dangerous places in Afghanistan, but I would say this place lives up to the hype,” said U.S. Army Capt. Mark Moretti, Co. B. commander, and New Windsor, N.Y., native.

“It’s all just a waiting game,” said a Co. B Soldier, during a ‘routine’ patrol. “We come out here, and wait for them to open fire on us.”

Seeing some of the toughest fighting in Afghanistan on a daily basis, many Baker Co. Soldiers find humor in the idea that many of their fellow Soldiers are envious of their assignment, who often refer to the almost constant battle as the ‘infantryman’s dream.’

“I would tell them to seriously reconsider their thinking positions,” U.S. Army Spc. Guadalupe Gardenias, a B Co. Soldier, said, laughing.

Living in conditions that rival the third-world villages they patrol, the tiny U.S outposts dotting the valley walls are in stark contrast to other American mega-bases in Afghanistan, such as Bagram Airfield, which offers everything from personal internet to American fast food restaurants.

Here, if a resupply helicopter gets cancelled, Soldiers miss not only letters from home, but risk having to ration their food.

At the Korengal Outpost, Soldiers use outhouses and hope to shower once a week to conserve water. At nearby Restrepo Outpost, Soldiers lack any running water, and eat field rations for every meal.

“The conditions out here are tough, and it’s a tough fight,” said Moretti. “But given the chance, I don’t think anyone would want to leave.”

Despite daily gun battles, poor hygiene and tortuous terrain, the men of Baker Co. seem content living their life in the “Valley of Death.” When asked if they would take an easier assignment, the answer was always the same. “Not unless everyone else came with me.”

To these Soldiers the debate back home about the war in Afghanistan means little. To them, it’s the brotherhood, born in combat, keeping these Soldiers motivated to stand shoulder to shoulder.

“Before I came into the Army a lot of people would talk about brothers in arms, and I thought it was kind of cheesy, but being out here, I can definitely say that it brings us a lot closer,” said Gardanias. “Cause no matter what we say, or what we do, nobody besides us is going to know what we went through, and what it was like.”

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Firefight In Korengal Valley.wmv

Posted by Larry Barnes on December 28, 2009

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Spc. Gavriel Bar-Tzur Photo Journal For Water Plant Shagra, Iraq

Posted by Larry Barnes on December 28, 2009

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Afghanistan The Movie Official Trailer

Posted by Larry Barnes on December 28, 2009

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 26ISAF Joint Command RSSCourtesy StoryDate: 12.26.2009Posted: 12.26.2009 02:52KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan-international security force killed a Taliban commander responsible for planning attacks against joint security forces and buying weapons and IED components in Wardak today.A joint security force went to a compound outside the town of Pirdad, in the Nerkh District after intelligence sources confirmed militant activity. When the joint Afghan-international force approached the compound, the Taliban commander ran to a building, later identified as a mosque, a kilometer away. The Afghan security force surrounded the mosque and called for him to exit peacefully and when he didn’t, the Afghan security force entered the mosque. The Taliban commander opened fire with his AK-47 while in the mosque and was killed by the Afghan security force. The Taliban commander was heavily armed with grenades and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.The Taliban continue to violate the sanctity of mosques as protected places. The Afghan-international force does everything possible to avoid fighting in or around any known mosque.In an operation in Khowst last night, an Afghan-international security force captured several militants including a known Haqqani facilitator.The joint force searched a compound northwest of the village of Guldar, in the Sabari District, after receiving information there was militant activity in the area and detained the militants.The joint force recovered multiple AK-47 rifles, hand grenades and IED components from the home of the Haqqani facilitator.In an operation in Laghman today, an Afghan-international security force detained a few suspected militants while searching for a Taliban facilitator.The joint force searched a small compound outside the village of Bagh-e-Mirza, in the Mehter Lam District after intelligence sources suspected militant activity inside and detained the militants.In an operation in Kandahar last night, an Afghan-international security force captured a Taliban facilitator and a small group of other militants.A joint security force searched a building in Kandahar City after intelligence units confirmed militant activities in the immediate area and captured the militants.No Afghan civilians were harmed in any of the operations.ISAF CasualtiesAn ISAF service member from the United States died following an IED strike in southern Afghanistan Friday.

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BBC News – Taliban commander warns US over Afghanistan

Posted by Larry Barnes on December 28, 2009

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 26ISAF Joint Command RSSCourtesy StoryDate: 12.26.2009Posted: 12.26.2009 02:52KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan-international security force killed a Taliban commander responsible for planning attacks against joint security forces and buying weapons and IED components in Wardak today.A joint security force went to a compound outside the town of Pirdad, in the Nerkh District after intelligence sources confirmed militant activity. When the joint Afghan-international force approached the compound, the Taliban commander ran to a building, later identified as a mosque, a kilometer away. The Afghan security force surrounded the mosque and called for him to exit peacefully and when he didn’t, the Afghan security force entered the mosque. The Taliban commander opened fire with his AK-47 while in the mosque and was killed by the Afghan security force. The Taliban commander was heavily armed with grenades and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.The Taliban continue to violate the sanctity of mosques as protected places. The Afghan-international force does everything possible to avoid fighting in or around any known mosque.In an operation in Khowst last night, an Afghan-international security force captured several militants including a known Haqqani facilitator.The joint force searched a compound northwest of the village of Guldar, in the Sabari District, after receiving information there was militant activity in the area and detained the militants.The joint force recovered multiple AK-47 rifles, hand grenades and IED components from the home of the Haqqani facilitator.In an operation in Laghman today, an Afghan-international security force detained a few suspected militants while searching for a Taliban facilitator.The joint force searched a small compound outside the village of Bagh-e-Mirza, in the Mehter Lam District after intelligence sources suspected militant activity inside and detained the militants.In an operation in Kandahar last night, an Afghan-international security force captured a Taliban facilitator and a small group of other militants.A joint security force searched a building in Kandahar City after intelligence units confirmed militant activities in the immediate area and captured the militants.No Afghan civilians were harmed in any of the operations.ISAF CasualtiesAn ISAF service member from the United States died following an IED strike in southern Afghanistan Friday.

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