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ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin network facilitator and two suspected insurgents during a security operation in Bak District, Khost province, yesterday.

The facilitator is responsible for recruiting new members for the Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin network, and provides food and safe havens for insurgent fighters.

Afghan, coalition force detain Taliban facilitator

A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban facilitator and three of his associates during a security operation in Bati Kot District, Nangarhar province yesterday.

The facilitator was planning an attack in the province, and was responsible for explosive device and direct attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He was an explosives expert and often trained others in making explosive devices in Bati Kot and Surkh Rod Districts.

Special Forces remove 7 insurgents, IEDs in Kandahar

U.S. Special Forces killed seven insurgents in two separate locations of southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, May 4.

Four insurgents were killed in eastern Kandahar’s Arghistan District after a Special Forces team from Special Operations Task Force – South began taking fire from multiple armed insurgents during a routine nightly security patrol of the area.

The Special Forces team coordinated an attack with the help of an air weapons team, killing four insurgents. Afterward, the team found and cleared two IEDs where the engagement occurred.

Afghan soldiers learn life-saving techniques through U.S.-led medics course

U.S. Army soldiers and Afghan border policemen are increasing medical response capability in Afghanistan by instructing a 12-week medical course at Forward Operating Base Goode.

Afghan students learned many of the same skills a U.S. Army medic learns in Advanced Individual Training, said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Alvin Crawford, the combat medic noncommissioned officer-in-charge with Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke, and a native of Augusta, Ga.

Marines escort new kandak to Helmand Province

US forces are continuously working with Afghan National Security Forces to help them become an independent military.

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) traveled nearly 1,000 miles to ensure the newly-formed Logistics Kandak of the 215th Corps, Afghan National Army arrived safely to their new home, Camp Shorabak, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, April 14 through 27.

The Marines of CLB-8 drove from Camp Leatherneck to Camp Blackhorse, Kabul Province, Afghanistan, to link up with the kandak and then escorted them back.

Does bin Laden's death change anything for deployed airmen?

Nearly 10 years ago the very fabric of the red, white and blue was tested by the sounds of 767 jets crashing and two monumental buildings falling to the ground. Soon after the dust settled from the downing of the second tower, with the headlines still buzzing over causalities from the horrific events, every American and U.S. service member life was changed forever.

Until this point most American's had only seen visions of terrorism in foreign lands like Europe. Many U.S. service members entered a military life that was somewhat stable.

EOD team trains Iraqi agencies to save lives

Thousands of people have died from improvised explosive devices in Iraq. But even one death from these attacks is one too many, and an explosive ordnance disposal team from Contingency Operating Site Warrior is trying to prevent that number from getting any bigger.

The 321st Expeditionary Operation Support Squadron EOD team recently completed a program to train three local agencies; an Iraqi army EOD team, an Iraqi fire department and an Iraqi police bomb squad.

ANSF, ISAF discover major weapons cache in Arghandab District

Afghan national security forces, in partnership with International Security Assistance Forces, discovered a major weapons cache May 3, in Arghandab District.

Acting on intelligence from a local resident, the joint security forces secured the location and investigated the cache find.

Weapons seized in the cache included: 70 rocket-propelled grenades, 13 RPG primer, 24 RPG boosters, two 82 millimeter recoilless rifle rounds, a recoilless rifle mount, two machine gun barrels, seven boxes of machine gun ammunition and components of bomb-making materials.

Afghan, coalition force target Haqqani leader in Paktiya province

A combined Afghan and coalition security force conducted a security operation in Zurmat district, Paktiya province, May 3, searching for a Haqqani network leader who had intended to attack the Paktiya governor.

During the operation, insurgents engaged the security force and the Afghan and coalition force responded. he battle resulted in numerous insurgents killed, one civilian killed, and several civilians wounded.