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Airmen help Afghan National Army Air Corps soldiers take aim

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Airmen of the 738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group here are training 30 Afghanistan National Army Air Corps soldiers on the M-240B rifle in January here. For some of the ANAAC soldiers it was their first time shooting the gas-powered machine gun while for others it was their second, but the Airmen mentors noticed improvement in their abilities. "Very good. That is how you are supposed to shoot," said Tech. Sgt.

IJC Operational Update, Jan. 6

An Afghan-international security force captured an insurgent commander and other militants in Kandahar last night. A joint security force went to a compound in the town of Adirah, in the Arghandab District after intelligence found militant activity in the area. During a search the joint force captured an insurgent commander involved in IED attacks and suicide bombings and other militants. In Khowst last night, a joint security force searched a compound in the village of Badi Kheyl and detained some insurgents.

VMGR-352 Raiders Transport Troops, Cargo for MEB-Afghanistan

For the Marines in Afghanistan, the need for ammunition, fuel, water and other supplies is constant. But unlike in Iraq, most supplies need to be airlifted throughout the country due to fewer secure ground transportation routes.

Forces Seize Drugs, Weapons in Afghanistan

Combined Afghan and International Security Forces uncovered an estimated 800 cubic meters of marijuana in Afghanistan's Kandahar province today and turned the drugs over to the Afghan national police for destruction. Forces also discovered and destroyed more than 130 rounds of ammunition in Ghazni province and three steel, explosive-filled cylinders in Helmand province over the past two days. Yesterday, combined forces detained an unspecified number of suspects following searches of compounds in separate operations in Helmand province and northern Kandahar City.

IJC Operational Update, Jan. 4

An Afghan-international security force searched a compound north of the village of Seyyed Amon in the Nawah-ye-Barakzai District of Helmand province last night after intelligence confirmed militant activity in the area and detained the suspected militants. In an operation in Kandahar last night, an Afghan-international security force searched a compound in north Kandahar City and detained suspected militants. No shots were fired and no Afghan citizens were harmed during either operation. In other operations, an Afghan-international security force discovered two steel cylinders full of

NMCB 74 'Paves the Way to Victory' in Southern Afghanistan

Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 are improving some key convoy routes in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. NMCB 74's mission is to build short roads where vehicles often get stuck in deep wadis - dried up river beds. Five of these areas have been selected for renovation by NMCB 74's road crew detail. If left alone, these routes could become impassable for military convoys in the winter months during the rainy season. "These roads are going to be a lot better than originally planned," said Lt. j.g. Christopher Waldrop, road crew detail officer in charge.

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 31

An Afghan-international security force captured a couple of suspected militants yesterday in Kandahar province while pursuing a Taliban district commander. The joint security force searched a vehicle near Kandahar City after intelligence indicated militant activity. The joint force stopped the vehicle without incident and detained the occupants. Also in Kandahar last night, an Afghan-international security force detained a suspected militant while searching for a Taliban commander. The joint force went to a compound in north Kandahar City after intelligence found militant activity.

Airmen save lives by providing close-air support throughout Afghanistan

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Whether they are conducting patrols on the ground, riding in convoys or performing clearing operations in villages to search for insurgents, coalition forces know members of the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron here stand ready 24 hours a day and seven days a week to provide close-air support anywhere throughout Afghanistan. This includes armed overwatch, armed reconnaissance and armed convoy escort with the A-10 Thunderbolt II. "We get to work with the guys on t

1/6 returns to Afghanistan; deployment vets guide junior Marines

Walking off the loading ramp of a C-17 cargo plane and into vibrant sunlight, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment arrived at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Dec. 15. Within moments, fine, beige dust clings to uniforms and warming layers are shed. Even during the winter, it gets hot.

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 30

Partnered forces killed several insurgents while responding to an attack against Afghan national army soldiers and Afghan national police in the Baghlan Jadid District of Baghlan province yesterday. The initial insurgent attack left two Afghan national service members dead and several wounded.

Operational Update, Dec. 29

Afghan-international security forces captured Taliban commanders and several militants in Kandahar and Khowst last night. A Taliban commander responsible for several IED attacks was captured during a series of raids in Kandahar.

MC-12 arrives, heralds activation of 4th ERS

The newest aircraft to the Air Force's inventory arrived Dec. 27, 2009, to Bagram Airfield. The MC-12 aircraft, tail number 090623, was the first of an undisclosed number of aircraft for the new 4th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron here. Following the MC-12's arrival, the 4th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron was activated to carry out MC-12 operations in the Afghan theater of operations. Col.

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 28, 2009

An Afghan-international security force captured a Taliban facilitator and several other militants in Kandahar last night. A joint force searched a series of buildings in Kandahar City after intelligence assets confirmed militant activities.

Soldiers Meet With Leaders in Remote Afghan Province

Over mountainous terrain, a pair of UH-47 Chinook helicopters glided through the cold air to the remote village of Shaykh Ali in Afghanistan's Parwan province Dec. 19, carrying nearly 45 Task Force Cyclone team members. Their mission: to speak with district leaders, police and villagers about how to better serve and contribute to the local people. The group unloaded off the helicopters swiftly in the snow-covered fields to meet Afghan National Police officers.

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 24: Militants Detained in Helmand, Kandahar, Khowst; Caches Discovered; ISAF Casualties

An Afghan-international security force detained several suspected militants in Helmand while searching for a Taliban commander linked to a murder and intimidation campaign. The joint security force went to a compound north of the village of Ser Banader in the Garmsir district after intelligence experts confirmed militant activity in the area. When the joint force approached the compound they came under hostile fire.