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Afghan, Coalition Forces Foil Taliban IED Efforts in Arghandab

Afghan and coalition forces conducted a major clearing operation Jan. 10 in the Arghandab river valley near Kandahar, Afghanistan. The objective of Operation Fazilat was to attack the Taliban's improvised explosive device capabilities and establish a permanent coalition presence in a section of the valley.

Jan. 14 airpower summary

Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations Jan. 14, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here. Air Operations in Afghanistan: Shurikian An Air Force MQ-9A Reaper operator provided armed overwatch and reconnaissance for friendly ground forces. The pilot observed suspicious activity in the vicinity of friendly forces and requested confirmation of position coordinates.

IJC Operational Update, Jan. 14

An Afghan-international security force searched a compound in the village of Gorgerah Ghar, in the Sabari District of Khowst and captured a Haqqani facilitator responsible for the delivery of weapons, IED's, mines and ammunition to other militant factions. The joint force also detained another insurgent. The assault force recovered a rocket propelled grenade, a hand grenade and machine gun ammunition. No shots were fired and no Afghan civilians were harmed in the operation. A local citizen saved lives yesterday when he directed an Afghan-international force to an IED in Kandahar.

Iraqi Police pursue AQI explosives-cell network, arrest 3

Iraqi Police arrested three suspected terrorists Tuesday during a joint security operation targeting a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) explosives-device cell member in Hammam al-Alil, located approximately 23 km south of Mosul. Acting upon a warrant issued by an Iraqi court, Iraqi Police and U.S.

IJC Operational Update, Jan. 13

An Afghan-international security force searched a compound south of the village of Nowabad, in the Mohammad Agha District last night and captured a Taliban facilitator responsible for the movement of explosives, weapons and IEDs. One insurgent was killed in the assault.

Large Improvised Explosive Device Cache Found

Afghan national army and ISAF forces conducting a combined patrol in Helmand province have discovered a significant IED cache in Helmand province. The patrol found nine jugs of homemade explosives totaling 250 pounds, 12 low- metal signature pressure plates, 17 radio-controlled IED initiators, five pounds of aluminum powder, 35 pounds of ammonium nitrate-based fertilizer, and 15 pounds of sugar. All explosives were rigged to explode with detonation cord and 200 rounds of machine gun ammunition. The combined unit cordoned the area and requested an EOD team to dispose of the cache.

IJC Refutes False Claim in Xinhua

ISAF forces did not open fire on civilians in Garmsir District as claimed in a report from the Chinese wire service Xinhua. As noted in our previous press release, during today's protest an insurgent sniper shot an Afghan official who was within Forward Operating Base Dehili. ISAF service members identified the insurgent sniper, shot and killed him. There were no other injuries or shots fired by ISAF forces. Local ISAF task force leadership in Garmsir District have been invited to participate with the District Governor and Chief of Police in a shura, Jan. 13.

IJC Operational Update, Jan. 12, 2010

In an early morning operation yesterday in the Now Zad area of Helmand province, ISAF forces witnessed a large number of insurgents near a safe house preparing ammunition and observed insurgent mortar teams moving equipment. An unmanned aerial vehicle launched one Hellfire missile killing 13 insurgents. There are no reports of civilian casualties or damage to residential compounds. In another operation yesterday, three insurgents with weapons were killed after they took up previously used firing positions in the Nad Ali district, Helmand.

Jan. 11 airpower summary

Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations Jan. 11, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here. Air Operations in Afghanistan: Chahar Bagh Air Force MQ-9A Reaper operators provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. When friendly forces reported taking enemy fire, the operators received coordinates for the enemy position and released a precision-guided munition against the enemy target, which eliminated the threat.

Weapons Caches Found

Afghan and ISAF forces found a weapons cache in the Shindand District of Herat yesterday.

IJC Operational Update, Jan. 11

An Afghan-international security force searched a compound on the east side of Kandahar City and detained suspected militants. In Khowst last night, a joint security force captured a Haqqani facilitator and other militants responsible for bombing attacks, after searching a compound southeast of the village of Sherubawut, in the Nagir Shah Kot district. The security force recovered multiple weapons, including a machine gun, ammunition and hand grenades. In Nangarhar last night, an Afghan-international security force searched a compound south of the village of Mandakurak, in the Chaparh

Iraqi Forces Arrest Suspected Terrorists

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2010 – Iraqi security forces arrested five suspected terrorists during operations today in Baghdad and northern Iraq, military officials said.  The 44th Iraqi Army soldiers arrested a Promised Day Brigade explosives-cell member and two suspected criminal associates during a joint security operation in northeastern Baghdad. Acting on a court-issued warrant, the Iraqi soldiers with U.S.

Into Thine Hand I Commit My Spirit

Arghandab, Afghanistan New Year's Eve, 2009 On this small base surrounded by a mixture of enemy and friendly territory, a memorial has been erected just next to the Chapel.  Inside the tepee are 21 photos of 21 soldiers killed during the first months of a year-long tour of duty.  The fallen will belong forever to the honor rolls of the 1-17th Infantry Battalion, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, and they will join the sacred list of names of those who have given their lives in service of the United States of America.

ISAF Forces Capture Large Cache of Narcotics

ISAF air and ground elements coordinated early Wednesday morning to capture more than 6,000 pounds of illegal drugs in the Maiwand District. Shortly before 3 a.m., an ISAF Scout Weapons Team, consisting of two OH-58 Kiowa helicopters, observed a suspicious vehicle attempting to evade them. The SWT maintained visual contact with the fleeing vehicle while relaying the information to nearby soldiers. As the soldiers moved to intercept the truck it stopped and both occupants fled to nearby cover.

IJC Operational Update, Jan. 8

An Afghan-international security force searched a compound southeast of the village of Kobayl, Kandahar district, after intelligence confirmed militant activity inside.