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ANSF and ISAF Forces Conclude Response to Attack in Kabul

Afghan National Security Forces, supported by Coalition forces, successfully concluded an operation this morning against a small group of insurgents who attacked several locations in Kabul city.

Insurgents attacked the International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan headquarters and the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Tuesday with small arms fire from outside the secure zone surrounding these compounds.

ISAF Joint Command Morning Operational Update

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained a suspected Haqqani leader responsible for the facilitation of personnel, roadside bombs and rocket attacks against Afghan forces during an operation in Terayzai district, Khost province, yesterday.

Intelligence reports led the security force to a potential vehicle bomb during the operation, where they disabled a vehicle being prepared for a possible bomb attack. Three suspected insurgents were also detained during the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

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U.S. paratroopers, Iraqi soldiers begin using new rifle range

On the morning of Sept. 10, paratroopers set up a table on a small rise over looking the Anbar Operations Center's new 25-meter firing range in Ramadi, Iraq. They were loading rounds into magazines and stacking them in precise rows, filling the table with ammo.

The paratroopers grinned as they added to the growing pile preparing to fire the first rounds with their Iraqi counterparts at the new range facility.

Enemy Heavy Weapon Seized After Receiving Tip From Local Afghans

Coalition Special Operations Forces successfully located and captured an enemy heavy weapon in a nearby cave after receiving a tip about its location in the Kahk-e Safed village, Kahk-e Safed district, Sept. 6.

The information was provided by local villagers who recently began cooperating with Afghan National Security Forces and SOF.

The cave contained a ZPU 2, a double barreled 14.5 mm anti-aircraft gun, and high explosive and armor piercing rounds for the gun. In addition, the cave contained 82 mm mortar parts and rounds.

ANA increase medical operations capability through mass casualty exercise

Months of daily training culminated as soldiers with the 215th Corps Logistics Battalion, Afghan National Army, completed a complex mass casualty evacuation exercise, Sept. 10, 2011, at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan.

Marines and sailors from the 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) Embedded Partnering Team raised the level of difficulty from the last mass casualty exercise by adding more vehicles and more realistic effects to the exercise.

U.S. Army Europe Soldiers beef up on cyber security during exercise Combined Endeavor 2011

Safety and security are a top priority for nations around the world and that priority includes protection of cyber networks and systems.

As part of the U.S. European Command led, U.S. Army Europe supported exercise Combined Endeavor 2011 held at the Joint Multinational Training Center in Grafenwoehr, Germany, nations from around the world have the opportunity to discuss just that.

Samuel B. Roberts Graduates 25 Mauritians at APS East Hub

USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) graduated 25 officers from the Mauritius Police Force during Africa Partnership Station (APS) East´s hub in Port Louis, Sept. 9.

Commanding Officer Cmdr. Angel Cruz presided over the graduation ceremony along with Political Officer David Campbell of the U.S. Embassy to Mauritius.

Combat controller buried, had "heart of a lion"

The last of three Airmen, who died in an Aug. 6 helicopter crash in Afghanistan, was buried at Los Angeles National Cemetery here Sept. 10.

Staff Sgt. Andrew Harvell, an Air Force Special Operations Command combat controller, was one of 30 Americans killed in action when the CH-47 Chinook they were flying in crashed in the Wardak province of Afghanistan. Two other teammates, pararescuemen Tech. Sgts. Daniel L. Zerbe and John W. Brown, were buried in separate ceremonies in August at Arlington National Cemetery, Va.

The art of anti-armor warfare: 3/3 ‘Missile Marines’ prepare for enemy by shooting TOW, Javelin missiles

Cloaked by darkness in a silent wilderness, two teams of anti-tank missilemen itched with anticipation to reign destruction from afar.

Time passed and each Marine received his turn to fire. The surrounding world evaporated as they climbed into the tactical vehicle’s turret. They mounted and prepared their deadly weapon, gripping it with purpose and sighting in through lenses of adrenaline.