United States Forces-Afghanistan
January 5, 2009
Release Number 20090501-01
Governor of Farah meets with Marine Corps leaders
KABUL, Afghanistan - Key leaders of the Farah province of the Islamic
Republic of Afghanistan met with senior leaders of Special Purpose
Marine Air Ground Task Force - Afghanistan Jan. 3, 2009, to discuss the
alliance’s progress and security advancements in the southwestern
Col. Duffy W. White, commander of SPMAGTF-A, attended the bi-weekly
meeting to introduce himself and make known his support to Farah
Provincial Governor Rohullah Amin during their first meeting together.
Other key military and security force leaders also engaged Amin on such
topics as ongoing operations, budgetary expenses and policy in the
The key leaders discussed several of the positive effects seen in Farah
Province, including revised legislation, progress in the logistical
support of Afghan forces, increased security patrols, improved commerce
and the building of schools and improvements in infrastructure, all of
which support ongoing counterinsurgency operations.
"Where the Marines work [with] district leaders, there is really good
coordination," said Amin of his experience of working with U.S. Marines.
Marines and sailors with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment
(Reinforced), and Combat Logistics Battalion 3, the ground and logistics
combat elements of SPMAGTF-A, are working diligently to clear highway
roads of improvised explosive devices and other threats to improve
security and infrastructure in the region.
"It’s getting better every day," said Amin. "We should continue this.
There may be some problems, but we should keep going on. We will
continue working well with others."