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ISF arrest suspected AQI explosives expert

Iraqi Security Forces arrested a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) explosives expert today during a joint operation conducted in southern Baghdad. ISF and U.S.

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.

Iraqi operation nets 20, proves abilities

KIRKUK — Brig. Gen. Khatub Umer Aref recently led more than 400 Iraqi Emergency Service Unit “Lions” in Operation Lion Dragon Hunt here, proving the skill, determination and professionalism of his unit. The Lions had assistance from Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry, attached to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, known as the "Dragons," led by Capt. Jeremiah Fritz, the commander of Delta Company. In addition to the Delta Company Soldiers, the U.S.

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.

Advanced IED defeat course, battle drills help save lives

All Soldiers are trained on various convoy operations before they deploy, even if they never step into an armored vehicle during their deployment. Here at Camp Adder though, some Soldiers continue to hone their skills because it can save their lives. "We're doing convoy lanes training," said Sgt 1st Class Robert Moore with the 121st Brigade Support Battalion.