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IJC Operational Update, Dec. 21: Militants Killed in Wardak, Detained in Helmand; Soldiers Complete Mine Training

An Afghan-international security force killed a couple of militants in Wardak province today while pursuing a small group of Taliban. The joint security force searched a compound near the village of Andar in the Nerkh District after intelligence sources determined the location of militant activities. During the operation the security force came under fire, returned fire and killed the militants. In another operation today, a joint force detained a small group of militants, including a Taliban weapons facilitator, in Helmand province.

ERB arrests suspected terrorist recruiter, VBIED facilitator

Constables of an Emergency Response Battalion, partnered with U.S. forces, arrested Ali Hussein Hassan Farhat in northern Iraq, Dec.

Securing the Border 24/7: U.S. Soldiers, ABP Combine Efforts at Afghan COP in Khost

On a rugged mountaintop bordering Pakistan, three kilometers from Northern Waziristan, sits Afghan Combat Outpost Chergotah in Khost province, Afghanistan. Here, U.S.

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 18: ISAF Assesses Claims of Civilian Casualties; Operational Update

ISAF is sending a team who will assess, with Afghan officials, reports of civilian casualties as a result of an ISAF operation in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar yesterday. Initial operational reports indicate that men were emplacing an IED next to the road.

From group to regiment, regiment to battalion: Marines continue to drawdown in Iraq

Combat Logistics Battalion 46 officially took over for Combat Logistics Regiment 27 (Forward) as the logistics combat element during a Transfer of Authority ceremony aboard Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Dec. 16.

A Joint Connection in the Skies Over Afghanistan

Air Force tankers provide a vital in-flight refueling lifeline to extend Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 missions over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). CVW 11 aircraft assigned to the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) leave the flight deck from hundreds of miles away to support troops on the ground in Afghanistan. The KC-10A Extender is an airborne gas station capable of delivering 350,000 pounds of fuel per mission to U.S. and coalition aircraft. "We work very well with our coalition partners both in the air, U.S.

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 17: Militants Detained in Paktya, Nangarhar, Wardak; Paktya Regional Hospital Cares for ANA Families

An Afghan-international security force detained a handful of suspected militants in Paktya province today while pursuing a Taliban commander responsible for weapons facilitation and several attacks in the area. The joint force searched a compound near the village of Payandegi in the Zurmat district where intelligence sources reported militant activity. They recovered several AK-47 rifles, chest racks, grenades, blasting caps and other IED making materials. In another operation today, a security force detained a Taliban facilitator and other militants in Nangarhar province.

Iraqi Air Force marks 3 major milestones

TIKRIT — The Iraqi Air Force celebrated the arrival of four training aircraft, the groundbreaking of a new air traffic control tower and the receipt of facilities from U.S. forces for use as an air college here, Dec. 16. The Iraqi Minister of Defense, Abd Al-Qadir Al-Mufriji, was joined by Iraqi Staff Lt. Gen. Anwar Hamad Amen Ahmed, IqAF commander, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero, Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq commander, and a host of other senior Iraqi and U.S.

The Center for Army Lessons Learned publishes Agribusiness Development Teams Handbook

The Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas has just released CALL publication 10-10, Agribusiness Development Teams (ADT) in Afghanistan Handbook. This handbook is a product of the National Guard Agribusiness Development Team Coordination Office with input from current and previously deployed Agriculture Development Teams (ADTs). Agriculture accounts for 45 percent of Afghanistan's gross domestic product and is the main source of income for the Afghan economy. Over 80 percent of the Afghan population is involved in farming, herding, or both.

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 16: Taliban Commanders Detained in Wardak, Kandahar; Afghans Attend Writing Seminar; ISAF Casualties

An Afghan-international security force detained two Taliban commanders and another suspected militant in Wardak province today. These commanders are involved with IED activity and responsible for several attacks in the area. The joint force searched compounds near the village of Bhardokheyl where intelligence sources reported militant activity. The militants were detained without incident. In another operation, security forces detained a Taliban commander and a few other militants in western Kandahar province today.

Iraqis Target Terrorists in Baghdad

Iraqi security forces arrested two suspected terrorists today during a combined security operation targeting the Kataib Hezbollah terrorist network in northeastern Baghdad.  Iraqi forces and U.S. advisors searched for a suspected leader of a cell believed to conduct rocket attacks on security forces and military installations in and around Baghdad. They searched two buildings for the warranted terrorist leader and questioned several people at the scene.

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 15: Taliban Commander Detained in Zabul; Militants Killed in Kandahar; ISAF Casualty

An Afghan-international security force detained a Taliban commander and other militants in Zabul province today. The Taliban commander is linked to IED facilitation and is responsible for several attacks in the area. The joint security force searched a compound in the provincial capital of Qalat where intelligence sources reported the commander to be located. The joint force searched the compound without incident and detained a few militants, one of whom identified himself as the targeted individual in the operation.

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 14: Militants Detained in Khowst, Kandahar

An Afghan-international security force detained a Haqqani weapons facilitator and a small group of other militants in Khowst province today. The facilitator is responsible for the supply and distribution of weapons to several militant elements in the area. The joint force searched a compound near the village of Paru Kheyl in the Sabari District where intelligence sources reported the facilitator to be located.

Iraqis Arrest 4 Terrorism Suspects

Iraqi soldiers and police arrested four terrorism suspects in two operations yesterday, military officials reported.  Iraqi soldiers arrested a suspect yesterday during an operation in northeastern Baghdad targeting the Promised Day Brigade terrorist network. The soldiers and U.S. advisors searched a home for a suspected leader of the group believed to be responsible for attacking security forces in the Baghdad region.