Deployment to Afghanistan is a family business for Guam National Guardsman Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Flores Sr., who is based at Camp Phoenix in Kabul. “I have at least one family member deployed in each regional command” of the International Security Assistance Force, he said.
Highway 1 in Afghanistan is a lifeline for the International Security Assistance Force and Afghan National Security Forces. The U.S. Army’s 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry, is using a new approach to keep this vital route clear of IEDs.
So far this year, insider attacks in Afghanistan have claimed 15 lives. Capt. Ryan Vandrovec of the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, tells how troops are trying to prevent those types of attacks in Maiwand district.
Afghanistan’s lucrative opium poppy cultivation continues to thrive, increasing for the third year in a row, despite government and international efforts at eradication and crop substitution, according to the head of the office that will release an annual report.
Four International Security Assistance force servicemembers were killed by an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, adding to a deadly weekend for ISAF forces in the volatile south.
Afghanistan produces 90 percent of the world’s raw opium, and drug addiction is widespread, even among women and children. But a unique drug rehabilitation center in one conservative Muslim town is trying to tackle the problem.
Medics rushed to the helicopter-landing zone at Combat Outpost Soltan Kheyl carrying a stretcher with the limp body of an Afghan boy who had been collecting empty bullet casings on a firing range when a bullet struck him in the back of the head.
“Incoming, incoming,” blares a prerecorded voice across the base, warning of a Taliban rocket attack. After 10 minutes, the “all clear” is sounded, and troops and civilian contractors step out of their concrete bunkers.
The Pentagon has identified three soldiers killed in Tuesday’s suicide bombing in Wardak province. The three were on patrol with Afghan soldiers in the village of Soltan Kheyl when a suicide bomber approached with a donkey concealing a bomb, according to local officials.
The Independent Election Commission in Afghanistan is in a race against time. They have a little less than a year to show that they can register a fair representation of Afghan women to vote in next year’s elections, a challenge they recognize will be extremely difficult.
At a time when much of the ground-level U.S. role in Afghanistan is receding, medical evacuation crews continue to play a major part in the conflict, providing a service that Afghans appear incapable of fielding on their own.
Once a favorite destination for travelers on the Hippie Trail, this idyllic provincial capital high in the Hindu Kush mountains is now famous for what’s not there. Three glaring holes in the cliffs that rise over the town tell the story of what Bamiyan lost 12 years ago.
In Afghanistan, where conservation has taken a backseat to war for 35 years, a “national park” designation is largely conceptual: People acknowledge the place is beautiful and deserves preservation, but the details remain fuzzy.
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