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Operational Update, Nov. 3: Suspected Militants Detained

An Afghan-international security force detained several suspected militants during the search of a compound in Kandahar province known to be used by a Taliban facilitator operating in the area Monday. The joint security force targeted the compound in northern Kandahar City after intelligence indicated militant activity.

Security Forces Airmen, Soldiers Mentor Afghan Prison Guards

Air Force Security Forces Defenders, along with U.S. Army Soldiers from the Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team, met with prison officials, Oct. 28, as part of an on-going mentoring project at a nearby prison. The prison, located close to the PRT compound, has become an important project for the team due to activity this summer. "We had seen the prison have some real troubles this summer," said Lt. Col. Andy Veres, the PRT commander.

Operational Update, Nov. 2: Afghan-International Security Force Detains Taliban Militant in Kandahar

A joint Afghan-International Security Assistance Force operation detained one militant in Kandahar province on Sunday while in pursuit of a Taliban District leader and senior commander of a sizable militant element in the area. The joint force targeted a location outside of the village of Daylanur, north of Kandahar City, after intelligence indicated militant activity. The joint force used escalation of force measures to stop two motorcycles travelling south toward the city.

U.S. seeks to counter enemy's 'weapon of choice'

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Defense Department officials here said Oct. 29 that they expect U.S. forces in Afghanistan to continue to be targeted by improvised explosive devices -- which have claimed more lives there than any other weapon -- while it seeks ways to counter the threat. As President Barack Obama and his advisers weigh decisions on the next phase of the Afghan war, Defense Secretary Robert M.

COMMON SENSE: Chasing Olympic Gold

Chasing Olympic Gold WASHINGTON -- At the conclusion of the 1939 movie "Gone With the Wind," Vivien Leigh, playing Scarlett O'Hara, defers decision on what to do about the major crisis in her life with this sentence: "After all, tomorrow is another day." Unfortunately, the Obama White House seems to have adopted Scarlett's decision-making process for the war in Afghanistan. Note to the O-Team: Kabul isn't Tara -- and Americans are dying while the commander in chief dithers. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, a full month after Gen.