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Southern Strike IV unites Afghan security forces

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For the first time in Spin Boldak district, the Afghan Border Police and the Kandahar Air Wing teamed to complete a major military operation Nov. 15-18.

The two Afghan National Security Force entities combined to provide humanitarian aid and stability throughout the rural region during Operation Southern Strike IV.

With Southern Strike IV, the ABP were in the lead for the entire mission, including the planning, coordination and execution phases of the operation.

“We didn’t have any problems with the coordination,” said Lt. Abdul Azim Nooree, an officer with the Afghan Border Police. “We made plans for the operation with the KAW 205th Atal Corps of the Afghan National Army.”

The KAW delivered an estimated 3,000 pounds of humanitarian aid to two villages in Spin Boldak district. More than 45 ABP policeman and 12 KAW aircrew members flying three helicopters participated in the operation.

Displaying the ABP’s ability to plan and run an operation independently was a goal set by the security force assistant team members. The cooperation of four kandaks played a large role in the coordination of the operation within the Spin Boldak and Takte-Pol districts.

Each of the four kandaks in 3rd Zone contributed to the planning sessions in advance of the operation.

With Southern Strike IV completed, the ABP look forward to working with the ANA as well as other ANSF forces including the Afghan Uniformed Police in the near future.

“We have better security in Afghanistan with the ANA, ABP and AUP working together,” Nooree said. “We hope to display a stronger presence in Afghanistan by uniting the three forces to make the security stronger and better for the future of Afghanistan.”

Article by Staff Sgt. Ryan Sheldon, 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment