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Feb. 9 airpower summary

Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations Feb. 9, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here. Air Operations in Afghanistan: Close-Air Support Lashkar Gah A coalition aircraft provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. The aircraft conducted several reconnaissance missions for friendly ground forces.

ANA Destroys 16 Rockets, One Mortar Round

The Afghan National Army, supported by an international security patrol, destroyed 16 rockets and one mortar round in Kandahar province, Feb. 7-8. The ANA were conducting a patrol near Darivshan village when they received a tip from an Afghan civilian informing the patrol of a weapons cache.

Feb. 8 airpower summary

Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations Feb. 8, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here. Air Operations in Afghanistan: Close-Air Support Bagram Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews provided armed overwatch for a friendly-forces dismounted patrol.

MQ-1 Predator crashes in eastern Afghanistan

An Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft crashed on takeoff in eastern Afghanistan Feb. 9 at approximately 1:50 a.m. local time. The crash was not due to hostile fire. The crash site has been secured and there were no reports of injuries or property damage. The aircraft is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft. The MQ-1's primary mission is conducting armed reconnaissance. A board will be convened to investigate the incident.

Three Separate Weapons Caches Discovered

An ANSF-led patrol found a large weapons cache after receiving a tip from a local resident in Wazah Khwah district, Paktika province yesterday [6 February]. The cache contained 54 artillery rounds, four mortar rounds and 18 fuses. The munitions were brought to a nearby forward operating base and are pending disposal by an explosive ordnance disposal team. A joint ANSF-ISAF patrol discovered more than 20 mortar rounds in Garm Ser district, Helmand province yesterday.

Feb. 7 airpower summary

Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations Feb. 7, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here. Air Operations in Afghanistan: Close-Air Support Mazar-E-Sharif Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews provided armed overwatch for friendly forces and a helicopter medical-evacuation mission. The aircrews conducted a show of force, with flares launched, to deter anti-Afghan forces activity.

IJC Operational Update, Feb. 5

An Afghan-international security force searched a compound south of the village of Bangluk, in the Kalakan district of Kabul province after intelligence information indicated militant activity and detained a few insurgents. In other operations, a joint ANSF-international security force arrested several suspected insurgents and confiscated a weapons cache in the Paghman district of Kabul yesterday.

COP Keating Investigation Findings Released

U.S. Forces Afghanistan released the findings from the investigation into the Oct. 3, 2009 complex attack on Combat Outpost Keating in the Kamdesh district of Nuristan province, Afghanistan. Soldiers of B Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Calvary heroically repelled a complex attack from an enemy force of 300, killing approximately 150 enemy fighters. The attack resulted in the deaths of eight U.S. Service members and the wounding of 22 more.

Afghan Border Police Receive Customs Training

Afghan border police began an advanced border police and customs course at Camp Arena, Herat province, Monday. The training, provided by the Italian Guardia di Finanza, is designed to increase the efficiency of customs duty collection and help ABP better secure the border. The course includes practical study of Afghan and international customs laws, customs documents, anti-smuggling measures and anti-corruption training. In 2008, approximately 26 percent of customs duties levied by the government of Afghanistan came from Herat province, about 5 billion Afghanis or approximately 72 mil

IJC Operational Update, Feb. 4

An Afghan-international security force searched a series of compounds around the village of Saleh Kheyl in the Jaghatu district of Ghazni province last night after intelligence information confirmed militant activity. The joint force captured a Taliban sub-commander and another insurgent responsible for conducting IED attacks and ambushes against Afghan and international troops. The security force also found multiple weapons. In Helmand, Feb. 3, a joint security force searched a vehicle northwest of Marjah in Nad Ali district after intelligence information indicated militant activity.

IJC Operational Update, Feb. 3

Yesterday an Afghan-international security force searched a small compound in a rural area of the Nad Ali District, Helmand province, where intelligence information indicated militant activity. During the search the joint force detained a pair of suspected insurgents, and found Taliban propaganda and a grenade. Also in Helmand yesterday, a joint force stopped a vehicle near Kherwaray in the Nowzad District, after intelligence indicated militant activity, and detained a few suspected insurgents.

IJC Operational Update, Feb. 2

An Afghan-international security force detained several suspected militants in Kandahar during two operations yesterday. During the first operation, the combined force searched a vehicle near Lowy Manarah in the Arghandab District after intelligence information indicated militant activity, and detained a few individuals for further questioning. In the second operation, a combined force searched a vehicle near Sparwan in the Panjwayee District and detained an individual. In Khowst last night, an Afghan-international combined force searched a compound in the village of Ya qubi, in the S

IJC Operational Update, Feb. 1

An Afghan-international security force searched a compound in the town of Chahar Bagh, in the Nahr-e-Saraj District of Kandahar last night and detained several suspected insurgents. In Khowst province last night, a joint security force searched a series of compounds south of the village of Goldar, in the Sabari district and detained several insurgents. The combined force found several weapons, including automatic rifles and ammunition. No shots were fired and no Afghan civilians were harmed during these operations.

ANA Leads Fight in Lashkar Gah, ISAF Supporting

ANSF forces reacted quickly to contain an insurgent attack on the Afghan National Army's Sharwali Barracks, located on the western edge of Lashkar Gah this morning and are currently in the process of providing additional troops. According to initial reports, the small arms fire attack was primarily from an unoccupied four story building to the south of the barracks.

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Launches First OEF Sorties

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group launched its first sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Jan. 28 and also assumed duties as Commander, Task Force (CTF) 50. Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 departed the decks of the strike group's flagship, the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) bound for the skies over Afghanistan to support coalition ground forces. "We are the first strike group to deploy in this historic year," said Capt. Roy J. Kelley, commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7.