Archive: 2011

Aug. 2, 2011

ANSF celebrates 100,000th graduate of literacy training program

KABUL, Afghanistan (July 28, 2011) — The Afghan National Army graduated 1,287 soldiers from Basic Warrior Training at Kabul Military Training Center, July 28, including a special commemoration marking the graduation of the 100,000 Afghan National Security Force literacy program trainee.

Aug. 1, 2011

Afghan police broaden horizons through local literacy program

HELMAND, Afghanistan (August 1, 2011) — Among the biggest challenges the local government faces as the United States prepares to draw down thousands of troops from Afghanistan is its literacy rate. Only one in 10 recruits who sign up for Afghanistan's police and army can read and write according to a recent Reuters article. Many of the local residents find something as simple as spelling their own names a challenge.

Aug. 1, 2011

Mullen confident Afghans will be ready to shoulder security

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (July 30, 2011) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is satisfied the U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan is being done in a responsible manner and that the Afghan national security forces will be able to shoulder the defense burden by 2014.

July 29, 2011

Deputy notes progress of Afghan training mission

WASHINGTON (July 28, 2011) — Before 2001, Afghanistan had a lot of warriors, but few disciplined soldiers or police.

July 27, 2011

NATO: Afghan security transition represents milestone

WASHINGTON (July 26, 2011) — Afghan forces’ assumption of the security lead in seven provinces and districts last week represents “a significant step toward our shared goal of seeing Afghans in the lead across the country by the end of 2014,” a NATO spokeswoman said today.

July 26, 2011

ANA, coalition partnership delivers during operation

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (July 26, 2011) — Afghan National Army soldiers partnered with Czech Republic and U.S. soldiers for a two-day mission in the Charkh District of Logar Province, July 13-14.

July 25, 2011

Afghan, coalition forces partnership improves patrols

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (July 22, 2011) — U.S. Army Sgt. Jacob D. Carrier is used to finding the bad guys. During his last tour in Iraq, he was on a time sensitive target team whose sole mission was to get high value targets.

July 20, 2011

ANSF lead large operation in Helmand capital ahead of security transition

HELMAND, Afghanistan (July 20, 2011) — More than 400 Afghan National Security Forces rolled through the outskirts of the Helmand provincial capital of Lashkar Gah along Highway 601 during Operation Zmaray Sika, July 17.

July 19, 2011

Afghan-led force finds enemy mortars in Kandahar

WASHINGTON (July 18, 2011) — An Afghan-led combined security force in the Kandahar district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province today found and destroyed a cache of 103 mortar rounds, military officials reported.

July 19, 2011

PRT assesses progress of health clinic construction

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan (July 19, 2011) — Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team civil engineers met with Afghan site supervisors to conduct a quality assurance check on the Showat Village basic health clinic July 12.