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Jan. 23, 2011

Sixth cohort of Afghan National Army military police soldiers graduate

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Jan. 23, 2011)— The sixth cohort of Afghan National Army military police Soldiers graduated Jan. 20 from the Detention Operations Training Center in Parwan, increasing Afghan capacity to take over detention operations from the U.S.

Jan. 23, 2011

Four former detainees released during Paktika shura

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Jan. 23, 2011) — Four former detainees were released from the Detention Facility in Parwan to the custody of tribal elders during an Afghan release shura in Paktika province Jan. 20.

Jan. 20, 2011

Marine tanks prepare for their first missions in Afghanistan

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan (Jan. 20, 2011) — Early versions of the tank shaped the battlefields of World War I, and more sophisticated versions helped quickly end the Gulf War for the U.S. Now tanks have landed in Afghanistan to help bring security to Helmand province.

Jan. 18, 2011

Marines say insurgency weakening in northern Marjah

MARJAH, Afghanistan (Jan. 18, 2011) — It was early morning and the moon still lit the sky. A frigid winter breeze lashed the Marines as they trudged across frost-covered farmland, quietly making their way to the landing zone.

Jan. 17, 2011

New facility marks increased capacity for Afghan Rule of Law efforts

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Jan. 17, 2011) — A new Afghan prison, known as Housing Unit Delta, opened on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 at the Detention Facility in Parwan, marking the most significant milestone to date in the Afghan government’s growing capacity to assume responsibility for detention operations in Afghanistan.

Jan. 11, 2011

U.S. Central Command hosts symposium to discuss WMD

TAMPA, Florida (Jan. 11, 2011) —U.S. Central Command hosted its inaugural Regional Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Symposium here Nov. 30-Dec. 3, bringing together eight Middle Eastern nations to discuss how to better combat the threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Jan. 9, 2011

Embassy applauds airmen for founding Iraqi Women in Aviation chapter

BAGHDAD (Jan. 8, 2011) — The U.S. Embassy Baghdad and U.S. Department of Transportation hosted a reception Jan. 7 to honor and recognize the efforts of Horizon East.

Jan. 7, 2011

'Men who look death in the face and continue to move forward'

SANGIN, Afghanistan (Jan. 7, 2011) — Marines and sailors from 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, in Sangin, paused to honor Cpl. Derek A. Wyatt, a team leader for 1st Platoon, Lima Company, Lance Cpl. Kenneth A. Corzine, a rifleman in 1st Squad, 3rd Platoon, Lima Company and Lance Cpl. Colton Rusk, a machine gunner with Weapons Company.

Jan. 5, 2011

Attacking IED networks

KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 5, 2011) — When a roadside bomb killed 14 Afghan civilians Dec. 30, including women and children, it was clear who was responsible for the blast. Taliban insurgents, under increased pressure from a superior force newly flush with resources and additional troops, rely heavily on the devices to inflict casualties and avoid face-to-face confrontations that could further decimate their ranks.

Jan. 3, 2011

Marines ‘on edge’ from suppressing Taliban activity

COMBAT OUTPOST RANKEL, Afghanistan (Jan. 3, 2011) — Combat engineers with 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) continue to improve mobility for Afghan civilians near Combat Outpost Rankel in southern Afghanistan.