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IJC Operational Update, Jan. 14

Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly VersionSend to a FriendSend to a FriendAn Afghan-international security force searched a compound in the village of Gorgerah Ghar, in the Sabari District of Khowst and captured a Haqqani facilitator responsible for the delivery of weapons, IED's, mines and ammunition to other militant factions. The joint force also detained another insurgent. The assault force recovered a rocket propelled grenade, a hand grenade and machine gun ammunition. No shots were fired and no Afghan civilians were harmed in the operation. A local citizen saved lives yesterday when he directed an Afghan-international force to an IED in Kandahar. The IED was blown in place by an EOD team and no one was injured. In Helmand yesterday, a joint force discovered a 155 mm artillery round and a rocket-propelled grenade in the Nawah-ye Brakzai District. The munitions were disposed of by an EOD team. Live-fire training with ANP ISAF paratroopers assigned to Task Force Cyclone conducted live-fire range training with 20 ANP officers of the Sayed Khayl District police department at a firing range in Bagram District, Parwan province, Jan. 10. "This was very good training for us," said Col. Mohammad Aref Hamidi, district police chief. "It's been a long time since we came to the range to fire." This was the next-to-last stage of the new immersion training program standards initiated by Regional Command East. The 30-day program is designed to refresh and continue the policemen's education on a wide variety of law enforcement procedures. The next step will be a validation process where their knowledge and skills will be put to the test, and he is confident they will perform well, according to Task Force Gladius' 1st Lt. Sam Drzewianowski. "This is definitely one of my better districts as far as participation and attendance," he said. "The men have been showing a great deal of discipline." Drzewianoski said the training has also been a great experience for his younger soldiers of 1st Platoon. "The younger soldiers in my platoon have progressed a lot in teaching the classes," said Drzewianoski. "We take what we know and learned from our classes and put that together with what we learned from being here." Through this unique training relationship, the paratroopers and the ANP have developed a strong relationship. "My soldiers have bonded with the ANP," said Drzewianowski. "The police in this district have been the most vocal during the training scenarios, adding their own perspective to the training."