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NATO’s new training mission for Afghanistan is activated in Kabul

Less than nine months after NATO’s Heads of State and Government announced the establishment of the NATO Training Mission for Afghanistan (NTM-A), at the Alliance’s Summit meeting in Strasbourg-Kehl, the NATO Flag was raised today at Camp Eggers in Kabul marking the start of NATO’s mission to enhance training and mentoring of the Afghan National Security Forces.

IJC Operational Update, Nov. 20: ISAF condemns IED attack; Joint Forces Kill, Detain Suspected Militants in three provinces; ISAF Casualties

At approximately 9 a.m. today, an IED detonated in downtown Farah in western Afghanistan. Initial reports indicate seven Afghans were killed and more than 35 were injured. No ISAF service members were in the area at the time.
"This was a malicious attack that killed and injured innocent Afghans. We offer our sincerest condolences to the families of those killed and sympathies for those injured this morning," said Navy Capt. Jane Campbell, IJC spokesperson.

ISF pursue AQI and ISI in Ramadi, Tikrit and Kirkuk, arrest 5

Iraqi Security Forces arrested five suspected members of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) terrorist groups today during three joint security operations conducted in Ramadi, Tikrit and Kirkuk.  ISF and U.S.

Operational Update, Nov. 19: Afghan-International Security Forces Detain, Kill Taliban Militants in Kandahar and Ghazni Provinces

An Afghan-international security force detained several suspected militants in northern Kandahar province Wednesday while pursuing a senior Taliban commander.
The joint security force targeted two vehicles near the village of Sahabey in Ghorak district after intelligence indicated militant activity.

44th Iraqi Army captures Baghdad Kata’ib Hezbollah member

Soldiers from the 44th Iraqi Army arrested a Kata’ib Hezbollah cell member during a joint security operation conducted in northeastern Baghdad today. Iraqi Army and U.S. advisors searched a building for and found the Kata’ib Hezbollah member, who allegedly leads a sniper and missiles group in addition to being part of a media cell that records attacks against security forces in Iraq.   Based on preliminary questioning and evidence found at the scene, 44th Iraqi Army soldiers identified and arrested the Kata’ib Hezbollah member.

Generals respond to insurgent attack

Wounded Afghan civilians, who were attacked by insurgents while in the Tagab market in Kapisa province yesterday, were reassured the Afghan National Army will find the insurgent responsible.
"I promise you all and the Afghan people, we (the Afghan National Army) will meet the insurgent, really soon," said General Paikan Zamaray, 3rd Brigade, 201st Afghan National Army Corps Commander, during a press conference here today. The insurgent attack took place

Iraqis seek out, arrest 11 criminal suspects

Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) arrested 11 terrorism suspects in operations over the last two days, military officials reported.  Iraqi forces and U.S.

Team Combines Civilian, Military Expertise

The provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan's Panjshir province serves as a model for the continued integration of civilian assets into military operations to achieve a unified strategic goal. The Panjshir team is the only U.S. provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan that is civilian-led and military-commanded, combining resources from the Air Force, Army, Navy, State Department, U.S.

IJC Operational Update, Nov. 17: Joint Forces Kill, Detain Militants in Wardak, Ghazni, Kunduz and Kandahar provinces; ISAF Casualty

An Afghan and international security force killed several enemy militants, including a sought-after Taliban district commander, and detained several suspected militants in northern Wardak province early this morning.
The joint force searched a compound near the village of Mayshin Kala in Sayed Abad district where intelligence indicated militant activity.