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1/5 Marines Provide Clean Water to Afghans, Keep Area Safe

Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, recently funded a well construction project to provide clean water for local Afghans. The project, funded by 1/5's civil affairs Marines, also created jobs in the community, as local Afghan workers were contracted to dig three wells. "Having these wells built is something that people have been asking us to do for a while now," said Cpl. Leland Van Leer, an amphibious assault vehicle operator with 1/5.

ISAF Operational Update, Nov. 11: Military Divers Find One Missing Soldier; Afghan-International Security Forces Interdict and Detain Taliban Militants in Three Provinces

One of the two missing U.S. soldiers was found by a military dive team yesterday in Western Afghanistan. Afghan-international forces continue to search for the other soldier missing since, Nov. 4.

Operational Update, Nov. 10: ANP, ISAF Seize 500,000 Pounds of Suspected Bomb Making Material in Kandahar; ISAF Detains Taliban Militants and Interdicts a Taliban Facilitator; ISAF Casualty

Afghan national police and ISAF forces seized 500,000 lbs. of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, 5,000 IED components and detained 15 people after a raid in Kandahar, Nov. 8. Based on reliable information, the patrol discovered 1,000 100-lb. bags of fertilizer, which is often used by insurgents to make explosives, and detained 15 people in a warehouse. After the initial find another 4,000 100-lb. bags of fertilizer were found in a nearby compound. Ammonium nitrate fertilizer is a key ingredient of homemade explosives and used in the majority of main charges for IEDs.

Forces Clear Taliban From Northern Afghan Province

More than 750 Afghan and international forces in recent days completed the largest operation to date in Afghanistan's Kunduz province, clearing the northern border area of hundreds of insurgent fighters, military officials reported. The combined forces conducted operations Nov. 1 - 6 in the province's northern region bordering Turkmenistan, killing more than 130 insurgents, including eight Taliban commanders.

Afghan-International Forces Operational Update for Nov. 9; Missing Service Members Update; ISAF Casualty

Afghan-international security forces conducted clearing operations Nov. 1-6 in the Chahar Dara District of the northern region of Kunduz province, killing more than 130 insurgents including eight Taliban commanders. More than 750 Afghan and International forces took part in the operation to stop insurgent activity and weapons trafficking in the Chahar Dara District. The team also disrupted the insurgent shadow governor in Kunduz province. The Afghan-International force provided humanitarian supplies to the affected villages after the operation.

Update to Search Operation Casualties

More than 25 ISAF and Afghan national security force personnel were killed or wounded during a joint operation that involved multiple engagements over several hours Nov. 7 in western Afghanistan. ISAF and Afghan forces were conducting search operations for two missing U.S. Army Soldiers. The Soldiers went missing on Nov. 4 while attempting to recover airdropped supplies from a river in western Afghanistan. In the course of search operations, the joint force was engaged by enemy forces. Reports indicate five ISAF service members from the United States were wounded in action.

Osprey Joins the Fight in Afghanistan

In another history-making moment for Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan, the first MV-22B Ospreys entered the Task Force Leatherneck area of operations today, alighting in three waves at Camp Bastion Airfield. Making the long journey from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard USS Bataan in the Indian Ocean to the Bastion Airfield in the Helmand desert, the 10 tiltrotor aircraft are the first of their kind to operate in Afghanistan. The unique design of the Osprey allows for not only vertical takeoff, but conversion to fixed-wi

ISAF Forces Injured While Conducting Search Operations

During a joint operation in western Afghanistan today, initial reports indicate more than 25 ISAF and Afghan national security force members were wounded. Members of the joint force were searching for two missing U.S. Army soldiers. The wounded service members were initially treated on the scene and subsequently flown to an ISAF medical facility for further treatment. "We are committed to taking every measure possible to rescue or recover our missing service members. We continue to do everything we can to find them," said U.S. Navy Capt.

Operational Update, Nov. 6: Afghan-International Security Force Detains Taliban Facilitator in Kandahar; ISAF Casualties

An Afghan-international security force detained a group of suspected militants in Kandahar Province, including a senior Taliban facilitator, Thursday. The senior Taliban facilitator detained is believed to be responsible for financing and placing suicide bombers and IEDs in the area. This facilitator is also linked to Taliban leadership outside of the country. The joint security force targeted a compound near the village of Spin Kalacheh, southwest of Kandahar City, after intelligence indicated militant activity.

ISAF Investigating Civilian Casualty Claim in Helmand Province

ISAF can confirm that shortly before 7:30 p.m., Nov. 4, a single surface-to-surface rocket strike took place near Babaji village in Lashkar Gah against a group of nine individuals whom were believed to be involved in emplacing an IED. ISAF forces were not aware of any civilians in the vicinity at the time of the strike. Only those involved in the IED emplacement were targeted. Through media reports, ISAF has been made aware of allegations of civilian casualties during an operation the evening of Nov. 4 in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province.

Operational Update, Nov. 5: Afghan-International Security Forces Kill, Detain Taliban Militants in Wardak, Khost; ISAF Casualty

An Afghan-international security force killed several enemy militants and detained a group of suspected militants in Wardak province while pursuing a Taliban facilitator linked to local senior Taliban leadership and responsible for managing the supply of IED components into the area Wednesday. The joint security force targeted a compound near the village of Babur Kheyl in Sayed Abad District after intelligence indicated militant activity. After entering the compound, the joint force received hostile fire and returned fire, killing the enemy militants.

Cordon and Knock in Afghanistan : Combat Advisers See ANA in Action

Afghan Soldiers in armored humvees led a combined convoy of Afghans and Americans down Highway 1 in the early morning. As dawn broke they passed an Afghan national police checkpoint and dismounted by an ANA combat outpost. Their objective was Shah Hasan Kheyl, a village about a kilometer off the road. Starting in August 2009, small embedded training teams dispersed throughout Afghanistan started getting replaced with combat units from 4th Brigade Combat Team (Task Force Fury), 82nd Airborne Division to serve as combat advisors.

Operational Update, Nov. 4: Afghan-International Security Forces Detains Militants in Five Operations

Afghan-international security forces detained several militants and recovered multiple weapons and explosives during five operations Tuesday. An Afghan-international security force detained several militants in Kandahar province while in pursuit of a Taliban commander associated with IED attacks in the province. Acting on intelligence that indicated the presence of the Taliban commander, the joint force targeted a vehicle outside of the village of Mokhanjak in Meyan Nashin District.

ANP Confiscate 600 Pounds of Ammonium Nitrate, Neutralize Enemy Fighters

The Afghan national army, assisted by coalition forces, conducted a cordon and search in western Oruzgan province, Oct. 31, in order to increase security in support of the Afghanistan presidential run-off elections. The operation led to the seizure and safe destruction of 600 pounds of ammonium nitrate used to create roadside bombs. Several armed enemy fighters were killed after an unsuccessful attempt to engage the ANA with small arms fire. No civilians were injured during this operation.

ANA, ANP Detain Four, Kill Eleven in Zabul Province

The Afghan national army and Afghan national police, assisted by Coalition forces, conducted a cordon and search in the Arghandab District, Oct. 30, to search for a weapons cache and known insurgent leadership. The operation led to the detainment of four insurgents and several others being killed. The intent of the operation was to decrease roadside bomb usage along the major highway going into Qalat City in Deh Chopan.