PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces in Omnah district worked together to build one of two planned police checkpoints near Zwaka village Dec.12 to increase security in Paktika province.<br /> <br /> Afghan Local Police, Afghan National Army, National Directorate of Security officials and local villagers ensured equipment made it to the build site and provided security as they constructed barriers and living quarters for the checkpoint. <br /> <br /> Village elders and children came to the construction site to lend a hand and assist in filling sandbags. <br /> <br /> “They are doing all they can to protect us from the Taliban and this new checkpoint will help them do that,” explained a village elder. “So we all pitched in to assist with what we could – to help them help us.” <br /> <br /> Provincial Gov. Moheebullah Samim and Brig. Gen. Abdul Wassea, 2nd Brigade, 203rd Afghan National Army Corps commander, visited the village to meet with village leaders and plan the location of the next ALP checkpoint. <br /> <br /> “The more checkpoints we can build the better our protection will be and it will help rid the area of the Taliban’s influence,” said a village leader.