News Icon

News: Afghan security forces discuss new checkpoint after clearing operation in Paktika

Story by Sgt. Jared N. GehmannSmall RSS IconSubscriptions Icon

Afghan security forces discuss new checkpoint after clearing operation in Paktika Sgt. Jared N. Gehmann

A village response unit member speaks with a child after a clearing operation in Oazai village, Sar Houzah district, Paktika province, Jan. 5, 2014. After the operation, the VRU commander stressed the importance of establishing an Afghan Local Police checkpoint in the village. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jared Gehmann)

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces detained a suspected insurgent during a clearing operation Jan. 5 and then held a security shura with village elders in Sar Houzah district’s Oazai village.

After the operation, a village response unit and Afghan Local Police met with the elders to propose a new police checkpoint.

“The main reason for today’s operation was to search the village for insurgents, build relationships with the village elders, and [to] convince them [of establishing] an ALP checkpoint in their village; so they will have protection against insurgents,” said the VRU commander.

During the shura an elder said, “We need a doctor, better roads and a school so our children can get an education.”

“[The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan] can give you these things,” replied the commander. “But unless your village gains security by establishing an ALP checkpoint, any progress you make in education and healthcare will be destroyed by the insurgents the next time they pass through.”

Oazai leaders were hesitant, but said they would decide in a couple weeks whether to accept the offer saying that they will only have a checkpoint if it is able to withstand large insurgent attacks.

“There are two ways to combat the enemy,” said the commander. “One way is through physical force, the second, and better way, is through words and ideas.”

Overall, the commander said the mission was a success because ANSF were able to build relationships with the villagers.

The suspected insurgent is in custody of National Directorate of Security officials.


Connected Media
ImagesAfghan security...
A village response unit member prepares for a clearing...
ImagesAfghan security...
Village response unit members clear Oazai village in Sar...
ImagesAfghan security...
A Paktika village response unit member conducts security...
ImagesAfghan security...
Special squad members assigned to the Paktika vllage...
ImagesAfghan security...
Special squad members assigned to the Paktika vllage...
ImagesAfghan security...
A Paktika village response unit member searches a...
ImagesAfghan security...
Afghan Local Police and a village response unit member...
ImagesAfghan security...
The Paktika village response unit commander meets with...
ImagesAfghan security...
A village response unit member speaks with a child after...


Web Views
249
Downloads
0

Podcast Hits
0



Public Domain Mark
This work, Afghan security forces discuss new checkpoint after clearing operation in Paktika, by SGT Jared N. Gehmann, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:01.08.2014

Date Posted:01.08.2014 03:08

Location:PAKTIKA PROVINCE, AFGlobe

More Like This

  • Afghan National Security Forces detained two suspected insurgents and discovered a weapons cache during a clearing operation in Baghkak village, Sayed Abad District on Nov. 20.
  • Afghan National Army special forces and Afghan Local Police searched two villages for weapons caches during a clearing operation, Dec. 16 in Ab Band district.
  • Elements of the Afghan national police, advised by coalition forces, conducted a combat patrol June 29 to 30, as part of International security assistance force's Operation Ghartse Ghar, to clear the Taliban from both sides of the Helmand River, near the village of Shurakian, Nahr-e Saraj District, Helmand province.
  • Afghan national security forces and International Security Assistance Forces conducted joint clearing operations in villages west of Kandahar City, Dec. 6-12, in an effort to improve security.

Options

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

SELECT A HOLIDAY:

VIDEO ON DEMAND

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr