402 Photos - Mar 8, 2012
Photo: AHMED AL JABER AIR BASE, Southwest Asia -- Staff Sgt. David Risnear, a combat controller and HALO jumpmaster with the Air Force Special Operations Detachment here, catches some air after jumping from the back of an MC-130E Combat Talon II.  The HALO (High Altitude, Low Open) jump included members of the 332d Expeditionary Securit Forces Squadron, AFSOD, and others from Camp Doha. (USAF Photo by Tech. Sgt. Steve Elliott)Photo: NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Airmen from the 58th Rescue Squadron here rappel from their HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter during a simulated rescue a downed pilot.  The simulation was part of a quarterly firepower demonstration which shows off the Air Forces' full array of warfighting capabilities.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brian P. Ferguson)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- An HH-60G Pave Hawk retrievs a pararescueman as an A-10 Thunderbolt II provides cover fire during a firepower demonstration on the bombing range here May 12. The pararescueman is a member of the 58th Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenny Kennemer)
Photo: KANDAHAR AIR BASE, Afghanistan -- Senior Master Sgt. Paul Koester parachutes into the airfield here as part of a training mission.  Sergeant Koester is a 59th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pararescuemen.  (Courtesy photo).Photo: KANDAHAR AIR BASE, Afghanistan -- Pararescuemen from the 59th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron hone their combat skills at the Tarnak Range here.  (Courtesy photo)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A U.S. Air Force Search and rescue UH-60 assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group sits in the street during search and rescue operations in Glaveston, Texas after Hurricane Ike, September 13, 2008.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)ReleasedPhoto: Reno, Nev. - Marines and Sailors with a company from 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command sight in on their targets as they conduct shooting drills as part of their Dynamic Assault package at the Washoe County Regional Shooting Facility here, April 7.Photo: Photo: Photo: A U.S. Air Force pararescueman searches for simulated casualties in a smoke-filled building during a tactical rescue scenario at an undisclosed U.S. location during exercise Patriot Archangel Oct. 18, 2009. The exercise hones Guardian Angel combat operations skills in simulated hostile urban environments and increases combat effectiveness for pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Robertson/Released)Photo: Photo: Image shows: Soldiers from 1LANCS clearing a mock compound during a compound clearance exercise.

Somme Company, 1st Battalion the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment take part in compound clearance training prior to Op TOR SHEZADA.Photo: Photo: U.S. military personnel prepare to conduct a mission during exercise Emerald Warrior 2010 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., March 11, 2010. The training is a U.S. Special Operations Command-sponsored mission rehearsal exercise involving multiservice participants. The exercise is conducted in multiple states and training sites throughout the southeast. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Clay Lancaster/Released)Photo: U.S. military personnel prepare to conduct a mission during exercise Emerald Warrior 2010 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., March 11, 2010. The training is a U.S. Special Operations Command-sponsored mission rehearsal exercise involving multiservice participants. The exercise is conducted in multiple states and training sites throughout the southeast. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Clay Lancaster/Released)Photo: U.S. Soldiers conduct a mission during exercise Emerald Warrior 2010 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., March 11, 2010. The training is a U.S. Special Operations Command-sponsored mission rehearsal exercise involving multiservice participants. The exercise is conducted in multiple states and training sites throughout the southeast. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Clay Lancaster/Released)Photo: U.S. Soldiers conduct a mission during exercise Emerald Warrior 11 at Fort Walton Beach, Fla., March 11, 2010. The training is a U.S. Special Operations Command-sponsored mission rehearsal exercise involving multiservice participants. The exercise is being conducted over multiple states and training sites throughout the southeastern region of the United States. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Clay Lancaster, U.S. Air Force/Released) Photo: A U.S. Soldier clears a building during exercise Emerald Warrior 2010 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., March 11, 2010. The training is a U.S. Special Operations Command-sponsored mission rehearsal exercise involving multiservice participants. The exercise is conducted in multiple states and training sites throughout the southeast. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Clay Lancaster/Released)Photo: U.S. military personnel prepare to board a U.S. Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter during exercise Emerald Warrior 2010 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., March 11, 2010. The training is a U.S. Special Operations Command-sponsored mission rehearsal exercise involving multiservice participants. The exercise is conducted in multiple states and training sites throughout the southeast. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Clay Lancaster/Released)Photo: A U.S. Army special forces soldier, assigned to 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Multi-National Base Tarin Kowt, prepares to conduct sniper platform training from inside a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter as it makes combat maneuvers over range targets in preparation for real world combat missions, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, July 9, 2010.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michele A. Desrochers/Released).Photo: Photo: An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter carrying simulated wounded takes off from a landing zone during an exercise at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 21. 2010. The exercise tested the rescue squadron’s ability to provide medical aid to U.S. and Coalition forces.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Boitz)Photo: An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter landing creates a massive dust cloud during an exercise at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 21. 2010. The exercise tested the rescue squadron’s ability to provide medical aid to U.S. and Coalition forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Boitz)Photo: A Marine from Special Operations Task Force West, provides security during a combined presence patrol and key leader engagements in Zanghlav and Rabat-I-Sapcha villages, Guzarah district, Herat Province, Afghanistan Aug. 22. The Afghan National Police assisted by the coalition force conducted the meetings in order to increase base security and promote Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan governance in Herat Province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo/Sgt. Brian Kester)Photo: An HH-60G Pave Hawk hovers over pararescuemen and Brig. Gen. Jack L. Briggs, the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, during a training mission at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 24, 2010. The training mission provided a glimpse of what the 33rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron brings to the fight and the capabilities it provides to combat commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Boitz)Photo: Pararescuemen hoist Brig. Gen. Jack L. Briggs onto an HH-60G Pave Hawk during a training mission at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 24, 2010.  The training mission provided a glimpse of what the 33rd ERQS brings to the fight and the capabilities it provides to combat commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Boitz)Photo: Brig. Gen. Jack L. Briggs test fires the M14, an enhanced battle rifle during a training mission at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 24, 2010. General Briggs is the commander of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Boitz)Photo: Brig. Gen. Jack L. Briggs, the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, test fires the M14, an enhanced battle rifle, during a training mission at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 24, 2010. The training mission, led by the 33rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, provided a glimpse of what the 33rd ERQS brings to the fight. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Boitz)Photo: Capt. Luke Bates uses a man-pack radio to pass updates to his operations desk during an exercise Oct. 20, 2010, at the Stanford Training Area in England. Captain Bates is a combat rescue officer with the 56th Rescue Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lausanne Morgan)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Soldiers from D Company of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, and officers from the Afghan National Police, are inserted into the area by two CH-47 Chinooks.---TALEBAN FLEE SCARED OF AFGHAN POLICE AND SCOTS TROOPSAn air insertion operation has been mounted by British soldiers and Afghan police, re-establishing government control in an area of Helmand province previously under heavy Taleban influence.Operation ZAMARY KARGHA (‘Lion Falcon’ in English) saw soldiers from D Company of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, and officers from the Afghan National Police win over the local population and drive out insurgents in the area of Hoorzai.Photo: Soldiers from D Company of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, and officers from the Afghan National Police, are inserted into the area by two CH-47 Chinooks.---TALEBAN FLEE SCARED OF AFGHAN POLICE AND SCOTS TROOPSAn air insertion operation has been mounted by British soldiers and Afghan police, re-establishing government control in an area of Helmand province previously under heavy Taleban influence.Operation ZAMARY KARGHA (‘Lion Falcon’ in English) saw soldiers from D Company of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, and officers from the Afghan National Police win over the local population and drive out insurgents in the area of Hoorzai.Photo: The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS) observes his arcs.The patrol comes under fire from insurgents. But, unwilling to get close to the patrol due to their fear of its capability, they fire from long range.Using the  concept of 'tactical patience', the ANP and ISAF were unwilling to get drawn into unnecessary fire fights which could potentially damage local buildings.---TALEBAN FLEE SCARED OF AFGHAN POLICE AND SCOTS TROOPSAn air insertion operation has been mounted by British soldiers and Afghan police, re-establishing government control in an area of Helmand province previously under heavy Taleban influence.Operation ZAMARY KARGHA (‘Lion Falcon’ in English) saw soldiers from D Company of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, and officers from the Afghan National Police win over the local population and drive out insurgents in the area of Hoorzai.Photo: Santa takes reasonable precautions while delivering presents in Helmand Province. Door Gunner Petty Officer Richard Symonds (Royal Navy) dresses as Santa as he delivers mail and presents to troops around Helmand province.Servicemen and women serving in Afghanistan have been enjoying the festivities of Christmas Day, with a traditional dinner and lots of seasonal fun.The MOD has sent over six tonnes of festive food to Afghanistan to give our forces a taste of Christmas while on operations, including:Two tonnes of turkey; One and a half tonnes of gammon; One and a half tonnes of sprouts;200 Kilos of cranberry sauce;1000 iced Christmas cakes; A tonne of Christmas pudding; 15,000 mince pies; and 45,000 After Eight mints.Charity ÔUK4UThanks!Õ became SantaÕs little helper as they provided 22,500 Christmas boxes to troops all over the world - containing a host of goodies bought with money donated from members of the public. The presents were unwrapped by troops serving in Afghanistan on Christmas Day.While work continued for many of the troops, most had the chance to let their hair down a little with fun and games, sports competitions, and quizzes. Church services were also held by the team of Padres to ensure the true spirit of Christmas was not forgotten. And everyone received an extra 30 minutes free time on their welfare phone card to ensure they could wish their family and friends a merry Christmas.Photo: Army personnel from the Utah National Guard, 19th Special Forces unit are lifted on board an Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter over the Utah Test and Training Range on Nov. 9, 2007 during a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) Integration Exercise held May 6-15 in Utah. The 34th Weapons Squadron, United States Air Force Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. led the search and recovery training. The objective of the exercise was to expand expertise and integration with UtahÕs 211th Aviation Group AH-64 Apache Joint Rotary Wing, 4th Fighter Squadron 
F-16 Fighting Falcon Striker assets, 19th Special Operations Forces, and conduct extensive joint CSAR operations against surface to air threats.
(U.S. Air Force photo by: Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald) released









̟Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Compound clearance demonstration RSOI packagePhoto: Soldater fra Telemark bataljon trener på RenaSoldiers from Telemark Batalion during an exercise at RenaPhoto: Soldater fra Telemark bataljon trener på RenaSoldiers from Telemark Batalion during an exercise at RenaPhoto: Soldater fra Telemark bataljon trener med en Javelin panserbrytende missilSoldiers from Telemark Batalion using a Javelin anti-tank guided missile during an exercise at RenaJawelin missilPhoto: Soldater fra Telemark bataljon trener på RenaSoldiers from Telemark Batalion during an exercise at RenaPhoto: Soldater fra Telemark bataljon trener på RenaSoldiers from Telemark Batalion during an exercise at RenaPhoto: Photo by: Corporal (CPL) Chris Moore - Photo has been digitally manipulated.Caption:Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) soldiers  prior to a night mission with the Uruzgan Special Response Team (SRT).Middle Caption: Afghans of the Special Response Team (SRT) regularly train with their SOTG mentors at Multi National Base Tarin Kowt (MNBTK).SRT members have deployed on operations with their SOTG mentors and provide the Uruzgan police and GIRoA with the capability to tackle the toughest of assignments.The SRT is drawn from members selected from the Provincial Response Company, (PRC), which is part of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).Photo: Photo by: Corporal (CPL) Chris MooreCaption:Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) soldier advances down the road at Multi National Base Tarin Kowt (MNBTK).Middle Caption: Afghan police of Uruzgan’s Special Response Team (SRT) have taken the opportunity to enhance their education under the mentorship of the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG).Regular Pashtun and writing classes are intended to round out the education of the police who partner operations with the SOTG.“The SRT members have been really attentive and are keen to learn,” SOTG mentor CPL L said.CPL L also took the time to improve his own grasp of Pashtun during the class.The classes have been organised as an integral part of SRT training and are held during the mornings before the SRT hone their skills at the range or at the training quala at Mult National Base Tarin Kowt (MNBTK).The three-hour classes are held for online teams who rotate for duty with the SRT.During the three hour class, each member was tested on his knowledge of the written word under the guidance of a local Afghan teacher.The classes present SRT members with the opportunity to obtain the education that their children are able to enjoy under the governance of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA).During the class, those SRT members who have been able to attain a formal education assisted their team members who have not been as fortunate.Despite spending full days training with their mentors, the SRT members remain on call to respond to provincial crises at short notice.SRT members have deployed on operations with their SOTG mentors and provide the Uruzgan police and GIRoA with the capability to tackle the toughest of assignments.The SRT is drawn from members selected from the Provincial Response Company, (PRC), which is part of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).Photo: Photo by: Corporal (CPL) Chris MooreCaption:Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) soldiers on patrol in Afghanistan.Middle Caption: The Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) is deployed to Uruzgan and is focused on conducting population-centric operations, partnered with Afghan forces of the Provincial Response Company (PRC).Photo: A Special Forces soldier provides over watch from high ground in Chenartu. Mid Caption: SOTG XIV, based on a company group drawn from Army Reservists of the 1st Commando Regiment, partnered with the Provincial Response Company Uruzgan (PRC-U) in operations to support the Afghan government, shield the local population and disrupt the insurgency in the southern provinces. Continued effort in Uruzgan and Kandahar over the winter months has led to the removal of prominent insurgent members and the recovery of several hidden weapons caches, including stores of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) components that would have otherwise been used to target ISAF forces and Afghan civilians.Deep: The Special Operations Task Group is deployed to southern Afghanistan to conduct population-centric, security and counter network operations. SOTG support the Afghan National Police’s Provincial Response Company in Uruzgan and northern Kandahar. SOTG includes members from the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), 1st and 2nd Commando Regiments, the Incident Response Regiment, Special Operations Logistic Squadron and supporting units.      Photo: A Special Forces Reservist observes a valley in Chenartu, Uruzgan as a Blackhawk circles above. Mid Caption: SOTG XIV, based on a company group drawn from Army Reservists of the 1st Commando Regiment, partnered with the Provincial Response Company Uruzgan (PRC-U) in operations to support the Afghan government, shield the local population and disrupt the insurgency in the southern provinces. Continued effort in Uruzgan and Kandahar over the winter months has led to the removal of prominent insurgent members and the recovery of several hidden weapons caches, including stores of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) components that would have otherwise been used to target ISAF forces and Afghan civilians.Deep: The Special Operations Task Group is deployed to southern Afghanistan to conduct population-centric, security and counter network operations. SOTG support the Afghan National Police’s Provincial Response Company in Uruzgan and northern Kandahar. SOTG includes members from the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), 1st and 2nd Commando Regiments, the Incident Response Regiment, Special Operations Logistic Squadron and supporting units.      Photo: A Special Forces soldier scans the terrain near a village in Uruzgan. Mid Caption:Afghan police and their Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) partners have continued a successful spring campaign by capturing two prominent insurgents from separate districts. Members of the Provincial Response Company Uruzgan (PRC-U) and SOTG captured a high value target in the Deh Rafshan area near Tarin Kot and another in North Uruzgan's Char Chineh district. Australian Special Forces have now removed thirteen key Taliban targets since high tempo operations began in March. Deep: The Special Operations Task Group is deployed to southern Afghanistan to conduct population-centric, security and counter network operations. SOTG support the Afghan National Police’s Provincial Response Company in Uruzgan and northern Kandahar. SOTG includes members from the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), 1st and 2nd Commando Regiments, the Incident Response Regiment, Special Operations Logistic Squadron and supporting units.      Photo:  Members of the National Interdiction Unit (NIU) and Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) await the arrival of two Mi17 helicopters. Mid caption: Australian Special Forces have partnered with the Afghan National Interdiction Unit (NIU) to combat the drug networks that fund insurgent activities. Members of the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) commenced operations with the NIU in May to help sever the link between the insurgency and the narcotics trade. NIU operations reduce the Afghan narcotics trade and the threat it poses to the long term security, development and governance of Afghanistan. Combined effort has resulted in hundreds of kilograms of drugs destroyed or confiscated as evidence and several individuals detained to face prosecution.Deep: The Special Operations Task Group is deployed to southern Afghanistan to conduct population-centric, security and counter network operations. SOTG support the Afghan National Police’s Provincial Response Company in Uruzgan and northern Kandahar. SOTG includes members from the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), 1st and 2nd Commando Regiments, the Incident Response Regiment, Special Operations Logistic Squadron and supporting units.      Photo By CPL Christopher Dickson1st Joint Public Affairs Unit.Photo: On 15 Feb 2010, Special Forces Soldiers have an After Action Review (AAR), after exiting the cleared building. This is rehearsal for a night reconnaissance training mission in Germany.  (U.S. Army Photo by: SFC Silas Toney) Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: URUZGAN, Afghanistan--Private Daniel Gibson, from 2nd Platoon, 3rd Battalion (Para), the Royal Australian Regiment, stands over watch during a foot patrol of the town of Tarin Kowt while conducting an International Security Assistance Force mission, Aug. 16, 2008.  (ISAF photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Collins, U.S. Navy)Photo: Airmen from the 306th Rescue Squadron from Tucson, Ariz., pose for a group picture outside Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The Airmen have relaxed grooming standards since they are in close contact with the Afghan population. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrea Wright)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Soldiers from A Co., 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), conduct weather exposure training here, Jan. 22. The Green Berets from Fort Carson are conducting five days of tactical training and cold weather survival. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael R. Noggle)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Please credit LA(Phot) Si Ethell



Pictured to day 16th August 2010, is the PMT (Police Mentoring Troop) conducting a routine patrol around the Sangin bazaar.

The patrol left FOB (Forward Operating Base) Jackson, moving through the bazaar and stopping at Fly Over check point for a short break, before moving back to the FOB.Photo: Photo: Scottish soldiers mentor Afghan forces on operations in the green zone.Images shows: Soldiers from the First Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Afghan National Army take part in a training exercise. Soldiers from the First Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS) take their mentoring of the Afghan National Army (ANA) out into the green zone of Afghanistan on operations. The unit, which is providing Advisory Team’s to the Afghan security forces, has been both training and carrying out operations alongside their Afghan colleagues near Nad-e-Ali. Photo: Photo: TAYLOR PARK, Colo. -- Soldiers from A Co., 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), construct a medical litter out of wood and skis during cold weather exposure training here, Jan. 23. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael R. Noggle)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: An unidentified US Army (USA) Special Forces Soldier, armed with a Heckler and Koch 9mm MP5A3 sub-machine gun, plays a game of pool with local Afghani teens in a small village in Afghanistan, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Photo: Photo: Photo: TAYLOR PARK, Colo. -- Soldiers from A Co., 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), conduct their culmination exercise here, Jan. 22. The Green Berets from Fort Carson spent two days in the woods of the Gunnison National Forest performing team movements. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael R. Noggle)Photo: Photo: Please credit LA(Phot) Si Ethell



Pictured to day 16th August 2010, is the PMT (Police Mentoring Troop) conducting a routine patrol around the Sangin bazaar.

The patrol left FOB (Forward Operating Base) Jackson, moving through the bazaar and stopping at Fly Over check point for a short break, before moving back to the FOB.Photo: Operation TOR SHEZADA meaning Black Prince, is being carried out by Combined Force Nad-e Ali (CF NDA) to clear any known insurgents from Sayedebad and involves UK troops and Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).



Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Frazer Lawrence OBE, Commanding Officer (CO) The 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s is commander of CF NDA and is leading the operation.



Photo credit to read - Corporal Gary Kendall RLC

Photo: Photo: A U.S. Special Forces Soldier joins Afghan Commandos in an over-watch position during a cache recovery operation in Dasht-e Qaleh village, Takhar province Sep. 1.  The village is just four kilometers south of the Tajikistan boarder and is a known smuggling route for drugs and weapons. (Photo by Sgt. Katryn McCalment)Photo: Pararescuemen from the 58th Rescue Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., prepare to enter an abandoned house during a training scenario July 13 at Playas, N.M., that is part of Exercise Angel Thunder 2007.  Angel Thunder is a combat search and rescue task force exercise designed to test theater spin-up capabilities and examine the integration of all Air Force assets in mission planning procedures and mission execution.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina D. Ponte)Photo: Eenheden van 42 Bataljon Limburgse jagers, in samenwerking met de Afghan National army, bezoeken in het oord Seyyedan een Quala (leefgemeenschap) om er een 'softknock' uit te voeren. Er bestaat een vermoeden dat hier IED's gehuisvest, danwel gefabriceerd worden.IED (Improvised explosive device)Uiteindelijk werden er 2 AK-47 geweren en 3 handgranaten aangetroffen, en in beslag genomen.Foto: Sergeant Ed (42 BLJ) rust even uit in de quala, nadat alles is doorzocht.Photo:                                Photo: Members of the U.S. Army ODA 924 Special Forces, right, "Rob" and "Walt," search a storage shed of a compound suspected of being an al-Qaida safe house, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, on the outskirts of Khost, 145 kms. (90 miles) southeast of the Afghanistan capital of Kabul. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)Photo: ADVANCE FOR STORY SLUG: AFGHAN HAZE OF WAR BYLINE: CHARLES J. HANLEY EIGHT OF TEN PHOTOS  Young Afghan boys surround U.S. Army Sgt. 1st. class "Victor" (only name available) giving out candy during a U.S. organized baseball game Friday, Aug. 16, Urugan Aug. 16, 2002, 193 kms. (120 miles) south of Kabul. Eight months after a lightning victory, U.S. military operations grind on in the swirling dust and heat of the Afghan summer, and in a haze of questions, diminishing returns and growing Afghan unease.(AP Photo/Wally Santana)Photo: U.S. Army ODA 924 Special Forces unload munitions at a firing range, Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, outside of Khost, 145 kms. (90 miles) southeast of the Afghanistan capital of Kabul. There are over thousand coalition forces currently operating in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)Photo: U.S. ODA, Operational Detatchment A-Team Special Forces Group walks through a vilage in Narizah, Aug. 22, 2002, 140 kms. (86 miles) east of the capital Kabul. U.S. Special Forces were first to enter villages in Southeastern Afghanistan during Operation Mountain Sweep. More than 2,000 troops took part in the operation. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Photo: Afghanistan National Army Special Forces (ANASF) and United States Special Forces (USSF) soldiers scans the local desert for any persons of suspicion while conducting their Key Leader Engagement (KLE) in Hyderbad, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on Oct. 13.  The ANASF spoke to Afghan locals if they can assist with any medical needs and to reassure the local community the ANASF and USSF is there to help in security against the Taliban.  The site is projected to hopefully run a successful Village Stability Operations (VSO) program that one day local Afghans can defend themselves the Taliban.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rasheen A. Douglas/Released)Photo: An United States Special Forces (USSF) soldier watches as a wall is breached to fit their vehicles in a compound that seized in Hyderbad, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on Oct. 11.  It was part of Operation Riverdance.  The goal was to set up and establish a site to host Village Stability Operations (VSO).  In hopes to help local Afghans in Hyderbad defend themselves against the Taliban.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rasheen A. Douglas/Released)Photo: An United States Special Forces (USSF) soldier give commands to element as USSF and Aghanistan National Army Special Forces soldier patrol in Hyderbad,  Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Oct. 13.  The ANASF spoke to Afghan locals if they can assist with any medical needs and to reassure the local community the ANASF and USSF is there to help in security against the Taliban.  The site is projected to hopefully run a successful Village Stability Operations (VSO) program that one day local Afghans can defend themselves the Taliban.  (Digitally Altered by Staff Sgt. Rasheen A. Douglas/Released)Photo: General Sectary of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen peers down the weapon sight of a TMBN Soldier at a display in OsloPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: 15th of september kabul Afghanistan; ANA doing a route clearence patrol exercise at the KMTC(Kabul Militairy Training Centre) supervised by ISAF.;Photo by Cpl JoostenPhoto: Photo: Compound clearance demonstration RSOI packagePhoto: Photo: Photo:  Kabul area,04 october 2009: Footpatrol by the macedonians around Kabul.Photo: Photo: Photo: A U.S. Army soldier examines the inside of an Afghan national army ammunition bunker during a visit to remove serviceable munitions left over from the Russian occupation. To prevent harm to Afghan and coalition soldiers, unserviceable ammunition was left behind for destruction at a later date. Photo: U.S. Army Sky Soldiers from 3rd Plt, Legion Company, 1-503rd Infantry Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team as well as Afghan National Army soldiers walk down a road while traveling back from the village of Naeban, Nerkh District, Wardak province, Afghanistan, May 27. These soldiers went to the village primary school in order to drop off some school supplies and to check up on conditions in the area.Photo: Photo: A soldier from 1LANCS observes through the ACOG sight of his L85A2 rifle during a contact with the insurgents.Soldiers serving with the Combined Force Nad-e Ali Battlegroup have been involved in a dramatic push south into insurgent held territory to move Taliban fighters away from the population centres of the southern Nad-e-Ali district and establish new patrol bases.Units from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, The Royal Dragoon Guards,  The Queens Royal Lancers, The First Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland, 21 Engineer Regiment, the Combined IED Taskforce, and Joint Helicopter Force, along with Afghan security forces took part in the operation.Photo: A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the 101st Airborne Division takes off after dropping supplies at Forward Operating Base Baylough in the Zabul province of Afghanistan to Soldiers with Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment June 7, 2010. The Soldiers were deployed from the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. William Tremblay/Released) Photo: Photograph by: Corporal Raymond VanceCaption: AH-64 Apache attack helicopters lift off to support Afghan National Security Forces and Australian Special Operations Task Group Soldiers as part of the Shah Wali Kot Offensive.Mid Caption: Shah Wali Kot Offensive Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) partnered with Australian Special Forces from the Special Operations Task Group conducted a deliberate operation to clear a Taliban insurgent stronghold in the Shah Wali Kot region of northern Kandahar province.The Shah Wali Kot Offensive comprised synchronised and deliberate clearance operations involving Australian Commandos combined with a number of surgical helicopter-born assaults from Special Air Service (SAS) troops on key targets.Removing Taliban insurgents from Afghan communities allows the Government of Afghanistan to establish a presence and gain the trust of the community to provide them with necessary infrastructure and security that was not provided by the insurgents.The Shah Wali Kot Offensive was part of Australia’s contribution to Operation Hamkari, the Coalition operation to extend the Government of Afghanistan’s influence into Kandahar City.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Policeman Shah Slahuden, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Afghan National Civil Order Police Brigade, comes to a security halt during a training patrol Aug. 25 with members of Special Operations Task Force-South at Fire Base Sakari Bagh, Arghandab District, Kandahar, Afghanistan. "It means a lot to me to serve my country, to provide for the future of Afghanistan; a safe Afghanistan," Slahuden said.Photo: KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army 1st Lt. James D. Horne of Fayetteville, N.C., a platoon leader with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, talks to a resident of Lar Sholtan village in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province Aug. 21. Two months previously, a female suicide bomber killed two Soldiers with the unit, seriously wounded two others, three Afghan police officers and at least five children at the village. This marked the first visit to the community by International Security Assistance Forces since the attack. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)Photo: A Special Operations Task Force – South senior weapons sergeant conducts an after-action review with policemen from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Afghan National Civil Order Police Brigade, following a joint patrol Aug. 28 through the Arghandab River Valley, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.  A 20-man team from SOTF-S is partnered with 3rd Battalion and conducts joint patrols and training with the unit in order to increase their proficiency.  (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy D. Crisp / Special Operations Task Force – South).  Photo: HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Sgt. Mathew Cummings, a UH-1Y Huey crew chief with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), fires a GAU-17 mini gun on a range outside Camp Bastion Sept. 3.  The Huey crew made the range run after flying a mission to provide aerial reconnaissance for Marines from 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines.  HMLA-369 also provided overwatch while the unit moved through a densely-populated area in Southern Helmand province.Photo: PINJADOO, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — Cpl. Anthony Patris, a vehicle commander from Jump Platoon, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, listens in as his interpreter, Nasrullah Sadat, speaks with Afghan boys after an improvised explosive device detonated in Pinjadoo, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2010. No Marines or Afghans were injured by the explosion. Jump Platoon investigated the area around the blast for secondary IEDs and to gather information. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga)Photo: Cpl. Jacob Hoag, the Motor Transportation maintenance chief and 50-caliber sniper and Cpl. Cody Scholes a field artillery cannon crewman and spotter for Hoag, both with 1st platoon, India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, post on a rooftop inside Forward Operating Base Zeegrugge, just moments after the FOB was attacked with indirect fire.Photo: Photo: U.S. Marine Sgt. Demarcus A. Deboe, Communications Chief, Battery I, 3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment (3/10), interacts with a local Afghan child outside Patrol Base Mahafiz, in Shorshorak, Afghanistan, April 29, 2010. The Marines and sailors assigned to 3/10 are currently deployed to Afghanistan in support of the International Security Assistance Force. (U.S. Marines Photo by SSgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe /Released)Photo: U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Mike Brown, security detail, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, talks to one of the local Afghan children at a bazar in Nawa, Afghanistan, where U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, Commanding General 1st Marine Division Foward (1st MarDiv (Fwd), was visiting, April 18, 2010. Brig. Gen. Osterman was there to participate in the re-opening of a newly refurbished district administration building in support of the International Security Assistance Force. (U.S. Marines Photo by SSgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe /Released)Photo: KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Ricardo E. Maya of Corozal, Puerto Rico, a squad leader with 4th Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, relays information to his fellow Soldiers during a more than three hour firefight at the Shege East Afghan National Police Checkpoint Sept. 18. An estimated two dozen Insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and small arms at the post in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. International Security Assistance Forces and ANP responded in kind with small arms, heavy machine gun and mortar fire. Neither ISAF nor ANP personnel were injured during the attack. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)Photo: KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Pfc. Ryan L. Carson of Richmond, Va., a member of the Company Intelligence Support Team with Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, and an Afghan police officer search the nearby hillside just prior to a more than three hour firefight at the Shege East Afghan National Police Checkpoint Sept. 18. An estimated two dozen Insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and small arms at the post in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. International Security Assistance Forces and ANP responded in kind with small arms, heavy machine gun and mortar fire. Neither ISAF nor ANP personnel were injured during the attack. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)Photo: U.S. Army Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 61 Cavalry Regiment, Charlie Troop, Second Platoon, observe movement during a patrol in the village of Akeemabad, Afghanistan, Sept. 16, 2010.   (US Army Photo by Spc. David A. Jackson/Released)Photo: U.S. Army Spc. Anthony M. Denuzzia of Valdosta, Ga., a forward observer with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, stands watch at Observation Post Coleman. The post is a historical fort that provides over watch for Combat Outpost Monti in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)Photo: U.S. Army Soldiers of 1-102 Infantry, 86th Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Iron Gray provide over watch security in Masamute Valley as they prepare to cordon and search the village of Bala in Laghman province, Afghanistan, Sept. 25.Photo: A U.S. Army UH-1 helicopter provides close air support to Coalition forces on the ground during a clearing operation involving Afghan National Army Commandos and Soldiers of Special Operations Task Force -- South Sept. 21, 2010 in the village of Chalgor, Panjwa'i District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.  The combined force conducted the operation to clear the town of insurgent elements and clear improvised explosive devices in order to make the area safer for local villagers and Coalition forces. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jesse LaMorte / Special Operations Task Force -- South).Photo: Sgt. Cody T. Romriell, a combat engineer with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, high-fives a local after helping him unclog a backed-up canal during the construction of Typhoon 3 in Marja, Afghanistan, Sep, 9. Marine engineers with 2/9 have been constructing new patrol bases in their area of operation in order to increase force protection. Typhoon 3 is one of the many being built.Photo: U.S. Marine Sgt. Zachary Zobrist, 3rd platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, engages the enemy during a firefight in Northern Trek Nawa, Afghanistan, Aug. 15. The Marines and sailors of Company B are currently conducting counter insurgency operations in support of the International Security Assistance Force. Photo: Sergeant Anthony Battles (left), Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), engages the enemy during a firefight in Northern Trek Nawa, Afghanistan, Aug. 15. The Marines and sailors of B Company are currently conducting counter insurgency operations in support of the International Security Assistance Force. Photo: Cpl. Theesit Klinman, a rifleman with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, from Orange County, Calif., searches a compound near the Kajaki Dam for suspicious activity, Sept. 29, 2010. Klinman, 24, is from Orange County, Calif.Photo: A U.S. Marine with Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), engages the enemy during a firefight in Northern Trek Nawa, Afghanistan, Aug. 15. The Marines and sailors of B Company are currently conducting counter insurgency operations in support of the International Security Assistance Force. Photo: U.S. Marine Cpl. Kristopher Gates, with 3rd platoon Company B, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, points out the direction of the enemy fire during a firefight in Northern Trek Nawa, Afghanistan, Aug. 15. The Marines and sailors of Company B are currently conducting counter insurgency operations in support of the International Security Assistance Force.Photo: Photo: A U.S. Marine with Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), provides security during a patrol of the local area in Southern Trek Nawa, Afghanistan, Aug. 09, 2010. The Marines and sailors of Company B are currently conducting counter insurgency operations in support of the International Security Assistance Force. (U.S. Marines Photo by SSgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe /Released)Photo: TREK NAWA, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — Marines and corpsmen from India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, along with Afghan National Army soldiers from the 1st Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps, patrol through Trek Nawa, Afghanistan, during Operation Black Tip, Oct. 14, 2010. Black Tip was a one-day clearing operation to disrupt enemy activity, during which the Marines and Afghan soldiers detained four men suspected of combatant activity and removed a weapons cache from the area. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga)Photo: TREK NAWA, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — First Sgt. Stennett Rey, the Embedded Partnering Team 1-1-215 chief, jumps across a canal in Trek Nawa, Afghanistan, during Operation Black Tip, Oct. 14, 2010. Black Tip was a one-day clearing operation to disrupt enemy activity, during which the Marines, partnered with Afghan soldiers from the 1st Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps, detained four men suspected of combatant activity and removed a weapons cache from the area. Rey is from Queens, N.Y. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga)Photo: Afghan National Police Commander Azizullah uses the scope on his rifle to scan the area for insurgent activity along the Afghan and Pakistan border, Paktika province, Afghanistan, Sept. 23, 2010.(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin P. Morelli / Released)Photo: Staff Sgt. Lucas Kudrna of Billings, Mont., and Spc. Jared Beach of Perry, N.Y., from the Military Police Platoon, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) from Fort Campbell, Ky., conduct an assessment of the Afghan uniformed police compound on Combat Outpost Munoz, Paktika province, Afghanistan, Oct. 13, 2010.Photo: A policemen with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Afghan National Civil Order Police Brigade, provides security over-watch during a joint Afghan-Coalition patrol of Kandahar Province's Zhari District, Oct. 19, 2010.  Policemen with 2nd Bn. are partnered with members of Special Operations Task Force - South. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ben Watson / Special Operations Task Force - South).Photo: An International Security Assistance Force Special Operations Forces Soldier teaches an Afghan Road Maintenance Team member to properly engage a target using the corner of a building as cover at Forward Operating Base Kutschbach, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2010. RMT members are residents of the Tagab valley who man checkpoints and help keep their fellow residents safe from insurgent attacks.    (ISAF photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford)Photo: International Security Assistance Force Special Operations Forces soldiers demonstrate to Afghan National Police-Provincial Response Company members how to enter and clear a simulated room during a training session taught by ISAF SOF at Forward Operating Base Kutschbach, Afghanistan, Nov. 25, 2010.     (ISAF photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford/released)Photo: In COP SIGMA, a part of Bala Morghab security bubble, Sergeant d'Andrea trains with his sniper team. Sniper positions are used to provide long range security, and to give coordinates to the mortar section of FOB Todd. Thanks to the security bubble Afghan people have come back to the villages nearby Bala Morghab, Afghanistan, Nov. 19, 2010. (ISAF photo by SSG Romain BEAULINETTE French Army)Photo: In COP SIGMA, a part of Bala Morghab security bubble, Staff Sergeant Luciano Marzola trains with his sniper team. Sniper positions are used to provide long range security, and to give coordinates to the mortar section of FOB Todd. Thanks to the security bubble Afghan people have come back to the villages nearby Bala Morghab, Afghanistan, Nov. 19, 2010. (ISAF photo by SSG Romain BEAULINETTE French Army)Photo: KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – As the sun begins to rise, U.S. Army Capt. Sean T. Hinrichs, an infantry platoon leader from East Moriches, N.Y., assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, scans the Pech River Valley for insurgent movement in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province Nov. 23. Hinrichs was a former U.S. Naval officer. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)Photo: KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Scaling treacherous terrain in the dead of night, Afghan National Army soldiers and troops assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, use the cover of night to move into suspicious villages on a mountainside in the Pech River Valley in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province Nov. 23. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)Photo: Photo: Photo: An International Security Assistance Force Special Operations Forces soldier provides security while a Road Maintenance Team checkpoint is being built in Tagab, Afghanistan, Nov. 26, 2010.  Afghan civilians, RMT members, ISAF SOF and Afghan National Police-Provincial Response Company members all helped to build the checkpoint.   (ISAF photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford/released)Photo: An International Security Assistance Force Special Operations Forces sniper is in position overlooking the Tagab Valley while a Road Maintenance Team checkpoint is being built in Tagab, Afghanistan, Nov. 26, 2010.  Afghan civilians, RMT members, International Security Assistance Force Special Operations Forces and Afghan National Police-Provincial Response Company members all helped to build the checkpoint.   (ISAF photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford/released)Photo: An International Security Assistance Force Special Operations Forces soldier hands out notepads and pens to an Afghan boy while a Road Maintenance Team checkpoint is being built in Tagab, Afghanistan, Nov. 26, 2010.  Afghan civilians, RMT members, International Security Assistance Force Special Operations Forces and Afghan National Police-Provincial Response Company members all helped to build the checkpoint.   (ISAF photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford/released)Photo: International Security Assistance Force Special Operations Forces soldiers provide security while a Road Maintenance Team checkpoint is being built in Tagab, Afghanistan, Nov. 26, 2010.  Afghan civilians, RMT members, ISAF SOF and Afghan National Police-Provincial Response Company members all helped to build the checkpoint.   (ISAF photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford/released)Photo: International Security Assistance Force Special Operations Forces members talk while providing security while a Road Maintenance Team checkpoint is being built in Tagab, Afghanistan, Nov. 26, 2010.  Afghan civilians, RMT members, ISAF SOF and Afghan National Police-Provincial Response Company members all helped to build the checkpoint.   (ISAF photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford/released)Photo: An International Security Assistance Force Special Operations Forces sniper is in position overlooking the Tagab Valley while a Road Maintenance Team checkpoint is being built in Tagab, Afghanistan, Nov. 26, 2010.  Afghan civilians, RMT members, International Security Assistance Force Special Operations Forces and Afghan National Police-Provincial Response Company members all helped to build the checkpoint.   (ISAF photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford/released)Photo: An International Security Assistance Force Special Operations Forces airman provides security while a Road Maintenance Team checkpoint is being built in Tagab, Afghanistan, Nov. 26, 2010.  Afghan civilians, RMT members, ISAF SOF and Afghan National Police-Provincial Response Company members all helped to build the checkpoint.   (ISAF photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford/released)Photo: Afghan policemen in high spirits as they head out from their new base on a security patrol.---NEW ‘COP SHOP’ HERALDS MODERN POLICING IN HELMANDBritish-trained policemen in Afghanistan’s Helmand province have been celebrating the opening of a new police station which will afford much greater protection to those who live on and use a key route – as well as allow a local school to reopen.The new base for officers from the Afghan National Police is close to the British- and Afghan Army-manned Patrol Base Attal. It protects Route 601, the key artery which connects Lashkar Gah with Gereshk, Sangin and Kandahar, and which has historically suffered problems from insurgent activity.Photo: Photo: Photo: 101207-A-4136D-033 A sniper prepares to engage a target during the 2010 USASOC Sniper Competition at Fort Bragg. "Leading into the competition, I knew this course would be challenging," said Sgt. 1st Class Charles Zalewski, a sniper with 5th Special Forces Group. "All the events in the competition encompassed multiple challenging task that we have to be expected to do as snipers."Photo: Photo: LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army Lt. Rastum (left), 1st Company, 1st Battalion, 201st ANA Regiment, and U.S. Army 1st Lt. John Dundee, 1st platoon leader for Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, from Waterloo, Iowa, talk during a key leader engagement Dec. 26 in the village of Ghaziabad. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls)Photo: Alexander E., a German military servicemember, scans the horizon while pulling security for a 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, CH-47 Chinook during an unmanned aerial vehicle recovery operation Dec. 20. Alexander E. is deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the International Security Assistance Force forces. (Photograph by U.S. Army Sgt. Sean Harriman, 4th CAB Public Affairs Office)Photo: LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Capt. Jason Merchant, the Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment commander from  Dysart, Iowa, scans the area while on patrol on a mountainside near the village of Sigin Jan. 1. The Soldiers discovered a command wire in a riverbed while on patrol and called in the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team to try and locate an improvised explosive device, however, none were found. The area, near the Watangatu boys’ school, has been an IED hotbed. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)Photo: LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Kenneth Cain, a squad leader with Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment from Dubuque, Iowa, watches as a UH-57 Kiowa helicopter provides cover in the area of Sigin Village Jan. 1. Cain was monitoring the area near a command wire the unit found while on patrol. The company had been hit by improvised explosive devices in the area in the past and called out the 744th Ordnance Company’s explosive ordnance disposal team to locate an IED, but it wasn’t found. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)Photo: Gurkhas from B Company The 1st Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles provide security for Royal Engineers who are constructing a new road called Route Trident. The new road will allow greater movement for the local Afghans population and help to improve security in the area of Walizi, Helmand Province.NOTE TO DESKS: MoD release authorised handout images. All images remain crown copyright. Photo credit to read - Sergeant Ian Forsyth RLCPhoto: A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III from Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., drops several pallets of cargo over Forward Operating Base Todd, Baghdis Province, Afghanistan, Jan. 6, 2011. U.S. Soldiers from Fort Carson, Colo., Italian soldiers from the Alpini Regiment in Udine, and other various U.S. and Italian Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen all benefit from the airdrops. The FOB and more than a dozen nearby combat outposts rely on U.S. and Italian Air Force airdrops for all their supplies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace)Photo: A Soldier from C Company, 3-187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division provides security from a rooftop during a joint patrol with Afghan National Security Forces in Andar District, Afghanistan, Jan. 07, 2011. The 3-187th also known as the Iron Rakkasans are partnering with ANSF to bring stability to the Andar District in Eastern Afghanistan.  (ISAF photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford/released)Photo: U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Antonio Hawkins, Bulldog Troop, White Platoon, looks through his rifle scope to scan for insurgents during a reconnaissance patrol near Combat Outpost Delorean, Bala Murghab, Baghdis Province, Afghanistan Jan. 9, 2011. Hawkins was one of several Soldiers deployed from 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo., who partook in the patrol. Hawkins' was part of the team that build COP Delorean and frequently comes under attack defending it. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace)Photo: U.S. Army Sgt. Tyson Husk, a Scout with Bulldog Troop, White Platoon, discusses a bounding movement with his platoon leader, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nicholas Castello, while on a reconnaissance patrol near Combat Outpost Delorean, Bala Murghab, Baghdis Province, Afghanistan Jan. 9, 2011. Husk hails from Jefferson, Ore., and was wounded in the calf on a patrol in late 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace)Photo: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nicholas Lewis, Bulldog Troop, White Platoon, returns fire near Combat Outpost Delorean, Bala Murghab, Baghdis Province, Afghanistan Jan. 9, 2011. Lewis led one of the four fire teams on the patrol and all four teams came under accurate small-arms fire. Insurgents also launched a large-scale attack on COP Delorean Jan. 6 from this field and two other areas. The Soldiers patrolled to reconnaissance the area and search for evidence.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace)Photo: The team take a break during the operation on the Bandi Barq RoadL-R: WO2 Iain Martin (38), IED Disposal operator;  LCpl Damon Dixon (22), Electronic Counter-Measures Operator; LCpl Gareth Todd (25), IED Disposal Infantry Escort; Cpl Steven Hunter (29), IED Disposal Number 2.---BOMB DISPOSAL SOLDIERS FIND AND DEFUSE RECORD NUMBER OF IEDs A team of British Army bomb disposal specialists have found and rendered safe a record TWELVE improvised explosive devices in one operation.The result – the greatest number of IEDs to be found and removed on any search so far on the current Operation HERRICK 13 tour – was the outcome of a high-risk clearance operation launched in the Gereshk area of Helmand province.The devices, which ranged in size from 5kg to 15kg and were targeted at both vehicles and troops on foot, were found by a Royal Engineers Search Team. All 12 were defused by Royal Logistic Corps Ammunition Technical Officer, Warrant Officer Class 2 Iain Martin.The IEDs were all pressure-plate initiated and located within 300 metres of each other on a route known as Bandi Barq Road. Also found, in addition to the complete devices, were two separate pressure plates and another main charge containing 5kg of explosive material.Warrant Officer Class 2 Iain Martin, Royal Logistic Corps, who is 39-years-old and comes from Craigiehall, Edinburgh, said:“This was a huge variety of IEDs, all within a short distance, and represented a real challenge for us. Our reward came when we had finished and an Afghan family came up on to the road with their herd of goats, looking around like they hadn’t trodden on the land in years. The local people have confidence in us and our work to improve their lives and that is a great feeling.”Warrant Officer Class 2 Colin Grant QGM, Royal Logistic Corps, aged 38, from Deal in Kent, who was part of the Operations Team responsible for finding the devices, said:“This has been a great number of finds – the greatest numbPhoto: WO2 Iain Martin pictured defusing an IED on the Bandi Barq Road in Gereshk---BOMB DISPOSAL SOLDIERS FIND AND DEFUSE RECORD NUMBER OF IEDs A team of British Army bomb disposal specialists have found and rendered safe a record TWELVE improvised explosive devices in one operation.The result – the greatest number of IEDs to be found and removed on any search so far on the current Operation HERRICK 13 tour – was the outcome of a high-risk clearance operation launched in the Gereshk area of Helmand province.The devices, which ranged in size from 5kg to 15kg and were targeted at both vehicles and troops on foot, were found by a Royal Engineers Search Team. All 12 were defused by Royal Logistic Corps Ammunition Technical Officer, Warrant Officer Class 2 Iain Martin.The IEDs were all pressure-plate initiated and located within 300 metres of each other on a route known as Bandi Barq Road. Also found, in addition to the complete devices, were two separate pressure plates and another main charge containing 5kg of explosive material.Warrant Officer Class 2 Iain Martin, Royal Logistic Corps, who is 39-years-old and comes from Craigiehall, Edinburgh, said:“This was a huge variety of IEDs, all within a short distance, and represented a real challenge for us. Our reward came when we had finished and an Afghan family came up on to the road with their herd of goats, looking around like they hadn’t trodden on the land in years. The local people have confidence in us and our work to improve their lives and that is a great feeling.”Warrant Officer Class 2 Colin Grant QGM, Royal Logistic Corps, aged 38, from Deal in Kent, who was part of the Operations Team responsible for finding the devices, said:“This has been a great number of finds – the greatest number on a route search during this tour, in fact. Twelve IEDs removed in one route search operation is outstanding.”Lieutenant Colonel Mark Davis GM, Royal Logistic Corps, Commanding Officer of the CouPhoto: U.S. Marines with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment conduct a census patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, Jan. 10, 2011. The Marines conduct patrols to suppress enemy activity and gain the trust of the people. The battalion, assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, conducted counterinsurgency operations in partnership with the International Security Assistance Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury/Released)Photo: NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Craig Foster, left, an infantry team leader from Clarion, Iowa, and U.S. Army Pfc. Brian Wisor, right, an infantry gunner from Ackley, Iowa, both Soldiers with Company C, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, look from a ridge into the town of Tupac, Afghanistan, Jan. 21. Soldiers from Co. C, joined Afghan National Army Soldiers from Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Corp, on the patrol. After seven hours of dismounted searching through rugged terrain, Co. C and their Afghan counterparts located an improvised explosive device along Route Iowa, thanks to a tip from someone in the area of Tupac, Afghanistan. The Soldiers had been struck by an IED in Tupac two days earlier. Fortunately, no U.S. or Afghan Soldiers were injured in the attack. After locating the IED, the Soldiers then walked back to Forward Operating Base Kalagush, hiking about eight miles up and down mountains for the day. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs Office)Photo: NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Nick Andrews, an infantry squad leader with Company C, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, from Marshalltown, Iowa, looks from a ridge into the town of Tupac, Afghanistan, Jan. 21. Soldiers from Co. C, joined Afghan National Army Soldiers from Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Corp, on the patrol. After seven hours of dismounted searching through rugged terrain, Co. C and their Afghan counterparts located an improvised explosive device along Route Iowa, thanks to a tip from someone in the area of Tupac, Afghanistan. The Soldiers had been struck by an IED in Tupac two days earlier. Fortunately, no U.S. or Afghan Soldiers were injured in the attack. After locating the IED, the Soldiers then walked back to Forward Operating Base Kalagush, hiking about eight miles up and down mountains for the day. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs Office)Photo: NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Nick Andrews, an infantry squad leader with Company C, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, from Marshalltown, Iowa, looks into the valley from a mountaintop outside the village of Nengaresh, Afghanistan, Jan. 21. Soldiers from Co. C, joined Afghan National Army Soldiers from Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Corp, on the patrol. After seven hours of dismounted searching through rugged terrain, Co. C and their Afghan counterparts located an improvised explosive device along Route Iowa, thanks to a tip from someone in the area of Tupac, Afghanistan. The Soldiers had been struck by an IED in Tupac two days earlier. Fortunately, no U.S. or Afghan Soldiers were injured in the attack. After locating the IED, the Soldiers then walked back to Forward Operating Base Kalagush, hiking about eight miles up and down mountains for the day. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs Office)Photo: Photo: U.S. Army Specialist Fallon Barraclough, Mortars Platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 2-502, 101st Airborne Division, takes photos to verify a shops position during a joint patrol with Afghan National Civilian Operational Police at the Howz-E Madad Bazaar in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Jan. 28, 2011. The joint patrol purpose was to help foster a better relationship between local law enforcement and the local population.  (ISAF photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford/released)Photo: Sgt. 1st Class Manuel Delarosa, left, and Pfc. Brian Jackson cover up as a sand storm approaches Shamulzai, Afghanistan, Feb. 2. Members of Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul traveled to Shamulzai to meet with Afghan forces and discuss district issues with the new District Gov. Haji Faisal Bari. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson)(Released)Photo: Servicemembers retrieve cargo dropped from a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III from Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., near Forward Operating Base Todd, Baghdis Province, Afghanistan, Jan. 6, 2011. In Afghanistan, medical personnel are certain that the supplies airdropped to them are critical to sustain life. U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Mark Metzler, an Intensive Care Unit nurse deployed to a field-level clinic at FOB Todd, said all medical supplies are airdropped in, and that when Soldiers are wounded in battle, they rely on his medical staff for care. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace)Photo: A C-130 Hercules drops supplies to International Security Assistance Forces assigned to Forward Operating Base Sweeney, Zabul Province, Afghanistan, Feb. 7. Winds during the drop gusted up to 20mph. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson)(Released)Photo: Photo: Photo: Scharfschütze in Afghanistan.
©Bundeswehr/Wayman.Aufnahmedatum:01.09.2010Photo: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier, with Special Operations Task Force – South, scans the horizon for enemy activity in Shah Wali Kot District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan during a clearing operation Feb. 8, 2011 alongside Afghan Commandos from 2nd Company, 3rd Commando Kandak.  The commandos, along with District Chief of Police, Bacha Khan, detained 20 suspected insurgents for questioning.  The partnered units also found 80 pounds of homemade explosives and various improvised explosive device making components on the operation. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy D. Crisp)(Released).Photo: A U.S. Navy explosives ordnance disposal technician, assigned to Special Operations Task Force – South, provides security overwatch during clearing operations alongside Afghan Commandos from 3rd Commando Kandak, Feb. 8, 2011, in Shah Wali Kot District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy D. Crisp)(Released).Photo: Afghan Commandos from 2nd Company, 3rd Commando Kandak, along with servicemembers from Special Operations Task Force – South, head to their objective via helicopter during a clearing operation Feb. 8, 2011, in Shah Wali Kot District, Kandahar Province.   The operation was aimed at disrupting insurgent facilitation and to protect the local population.  District Police Chief, Bacha Khan, took part in the operation and detained 20 suspected insurgents for questioning. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy D. Crisp)(Released).Photo: Sgt. David Smitt, Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Pathfinder Team One, A team leader, maintains overwatch during a joint air assault dismount patrol with Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Pathfinder Team One and gunners from the British Royal Air Force Regiment’s 15th Squadron in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan Feb. 10, 2011. During the patrol, the element moved through the village of Nevay Deh and met with some of the local village elders to address some of their concerns. (U.S. Army Photo by Task Force Destiny Public Affairs Officer Sadie Bleistein/Released) www.facebook.com/101cabPhoto: A U.S. Special Forces communications sergeant assigned to Special Operations Task Force – South steps carefully over an 18-inch-thick mud wall separating fields in the region while conducting a security patrol Feb. 20, 2011 in Panjwai District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The SOTF-South Special Forces team in the area regularly patrols the area in order to bolster security as well as to meet with area villagers to assess development projects.    (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ben Watson)(Released).Photo: A U.S. Special Forces Soldier assigned to Special Operations Task Force – South greet Afghan children during a security patrol Feb. 20, 2011 in Panjwai District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The SOTF-South Special Forces team in the area conducts regular patrols in order to bolster security as well as to meet with area villagers to assess development projects.    (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kelly Fox)(Released).Photo: A U.S. Special Forces weapons sergeant assigned to Special Operations Task Force – South directs security during a patrol Feb. 20, 2011 in Panjwai District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The SOTF-South Special Forces team in the area conducts regular patrols in order to bolster security as well as to meet with area villagers to assess development projects.    (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ben Watson)(Released).Photo: A U.S. Special Forces intelligence sergeant assigned to Special Operations Task Force – South climbs over the ruins of an abandoned compound during a security patrol Feb. 20, 2011 in Panjwai District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The SOTF-South Special Forces team in the area conducts regular patrols in order to secure known abandoned compounds from the possible storage of explosives making material.    (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ben Watson)(Released).Photo: A U.S. Special Forces communications sergeant assigned to Special Operations Task Force – South enters an abandoned compound during a security patrol Feb. 20, 2011 in Panjwai District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The SOTF-South Special Forces team in the area conducts regular patrols in order to secure abandoned compounds from the possible storage of explosives making material.    (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ben Watson)(Released).Photo: A U.S. Special Forces Soldier assigned to Special Operations Task Force – South sets up his security position during a patrol Feb. 25, 2011 in Panjwai District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The SOTF-South Special Forces team in the area conducts regular patrols in order to bolster security as well as to meet with area villagers to assess development projects.    (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ben Watson)(Released).Photo: Afghan Commandos, with Afghan National Army's 3rd Commando Kandak, and U.S. Special Forces servicemembers, to include Army Green Berets and Navy SEALS with Special Operations Task Force - South, sit aboard an MH-47 Chinook helicopter en route to an operation to impede insurgent activity in Khakrez District, Mar. 12, 2011, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The Afghan-led joint operation yielded 80lbs of homemade explosives, two 107mm rockets, as well as quantities of small arms and ammunitions. Also on the operation was the Khakrez District Chief of Police, Mullah Gul. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel P. Shook)(Released).Photo: The insurgents are fought back under a weight of British fire---INSURGENTS SLAIN IN ARGYLLS’ SWANSONGA British Army infantry battalion has consolidated six months of experience to ruthlessly clear insurgents from an area of Helmand province, in one of their final operations before returning home.The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS) worked alongside their partners from the 2nd Kandak Afghan Uniformed Police to conduct the ‘advance to contact’ - an operation to engage enemy fighters in an area known as Shindac Mandah, north of Patrol Base Attal in Lashkar Gah district.Troops from Delta Company of Canterbury-based 5 SCOTS have been in Helmand since September 2010, mentoring the Afghan police officers who are increasingly taking over security responsibilities in the area. They return home in April.Their aim in this operation was to sweep away insurgent fighters operating in the area, and demonstrate to locals that the Police and other institutions of governance in Helmand are now in control and have complete freedom of movement. These aims were eminently achieved and, in addition, four insurgents were killed plus a further two key insurgent ringleaders in the community detained.A combined force of more than 100 men from 5 SCOTS and the Afghan police crossed the line of departure at 0630hrs and headed north toward an area known to be held by insurgents.  As they moved north, the Police interacted with the local people they met, stopping for cups of chai and discussing the forthcoming harvest and plans to open a new school. Such interaction between the Afghan Police and Afghan people is vital in building up intelligence and gauging what soldiers call the ‘atmospherics’ - the feeling of an area which tells soldiers whether it’s safe or there is a threat. As the force moved further north, these atmospherics began to change.  Families were seen hurriedly leaving compounds and the fields werePhoto: L-R: Lance Corporal Fiona Ross; Capt Robert Garbett; Private Megan Paynter.---BRITISH ARMY MEDICS HELP SHAPE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE IN HELMANDA trio of British Army medics serving in Afghanistan’s Helmand province have taken time out from their usual role providing life-saving treatment – to teach their skills to a group of Afghan nurses, who will form the basis of a pioneering new ambulance service.Five local nurses from the provincial capital Lashkar Gah have just completed a nine-day course to qualify as ‘patient transfer specialists’. The course is part of an ongoing effort to train up enough nurses to enable the launch of the first ever professional ambulance service in the city.Medics Captain Robert Garbett (48), from Shrewsbury, Shropshire; Lance Corporal Fiona Ross (22), from Saline, Fife; and Private Megan Paynter (19), from Lowestoft, Suffolk, gave the five Afghans instruction in some of the techniques used by paramedics in the UK. Injured locals are often brought to the military-run medical centre for initial treatment and then, once they are stabilised, transferred to a locally run hospital. But the nearest hospital is a 15-minute drive away and the aim is to improve the care of patients on this journey. The initiative has been organised by Helmand’s Directorate of Health in conjunction with the UK-led Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team. In addition to the training course run by the three Army medics over a period of three weeks, the PRT has also produced a handbook which has been translated into the Afghan language of Dari.And training is not the only way that the UK is supporting the provision of an ambulance service in Lashkar Gah. In recent days, the team has also handed over around £1,500 worth of ambulance equipment – enough to fit out three vehicles with spinal boards, head locks, resuscitation equipment, splints and other items, turning them from ordinary vans into ambulances.Mohammad Hanif, one of the participantPhoto: A U.S. Army soldier patrols near the village of Tarok Kolache, Friday, April 1, 2011, in the Arghandab River Valley of Afghanistan. Village elders and coalition forces held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday for a mosque, the first completed structure in a massive joint reconstruction effort by Tarok Kolache landowners and International Security Assistance Forces since the village, previously a Taliban stronghold, was destroyed in October 2011 in an effort to rid it of insurgents. (Photo by: ISAF Regional Command-South)Photo: 110404-F-WU507-251:  U.S. Army Sgt. Jeff Sheppard, a Bulldog Troop, Red Platoon scout (7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment), scans a village for insurgent activity during a foot patrol in northern Bala Murghab Valley, Baghdis Province, Afghanistan April 4, 2011. Moments after returning to a ceased compound once the patrol completed, insurgents launched a coordinated and accurate attack against the patrol, wounding Sheppard, three other servicemembers and a military working dog. The operation was successful and coalition forces destroyed insurgent compounds and improvised explosive device making facilities in the engagement. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace/RELEASED)Photo: 110404-F-WU507-278:  U.S. Army Pfc. Ben Bradley (left), a Bulldog Troop, Red Platoon scout (7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment), ducks away from small-arms fire, as fellow scout Sgt. Jeff Sheppard, launches a grenade at the enemy’s position, during a combat engagement in northern Bala Murghab Valley, Baghdis Province, Afghanistan April 4, 2011. Bradley, Sheppard, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Lee and his military working dog ‘Valdo’ were all wounded by a rocket propelled grenade blast in the engagement. All servicemembers suffered minor wounds and Valdo was critical, but survived the attack. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace/RELEASED)Photo: Afghan National Civil Order Police students demonstrate combat techniques during a graduation ceremony held at the recruit training center in Mehtar Lam. This was the first graduating class to go through the training while the center was under complete Afghan controlPhoto: Photo: Photo: Afghan National Army and International Security Assistance Forces soldiers found hundreds of Taliban weapons, ammunition, artillery and improvised explosive device-making material in Marawara District during Operation Strong Eagle III in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province March 29. Afghan national security forces worked closely with coalition forces from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Bastogne. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Cameron Boyd, 982nd Combat Camera)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Lance Cpl. Shawn Cole, a Cresskill, N.J., native, provides security during a security patrol, April 30. Cole, an assistant patrol leader of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment Guard Force Platoon, patrols regularly as part of guard force's security responsibilities of the area. A Female Engagement Team was with the patrol and stopped at a local school. The FET's purpose is to interact with the female population in the local community and find the needs of the women in the area. The battalion supports Regimental Combat Team 1, the Marine ground combat element in Southern Helmand province.  The mission of the RCT is to partner with Government of the Republic of Afghanistan to conduct counterinsurgency operations to secure the Afghan people, defeat insurgent forces, and enable Afghanistan to assume security responsibilities in the region. Ultimately, the partnered forces promote the expansion of stability, development and legitimate governance.Photo: Photo: Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of NATO and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan, visits the 1-16th Infantry 2nd Battalion at Qalat Mangwal, Afghanistan, during a battlefield circulation, May 8. ISAF, in support of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, conducts operations in Afghanistan to reduce the capability and will of the insurgency, support the growth in capacity and capability of the Afghan National Security Forces, and facilitate improvements in governance and socio-economic development, in order to provide a secure environment for sustainable stability that is observable to the population. (Photo by U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Joshua Treadwell) (Released)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Special Forces soldiers and Afghan police await an extraction in Uruzgan. Mid: Afghan National Police and their Australian Special Forces partners have further degraded the insurgent networks operating in central Uruzgan by capturing three key leaders in separate missions. Members of the Provincial Response Company Uruzgan (PRC-U) and the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) detained the objectives in Deh Rafshan and Baluchi during targeting operations in May. Deep: The Special Operations Task Group is deployed to southern Afghanistan to conduct population-centric, security and counter network operations. SOTG support the Afghan National Police’s Provincial Response Company in Uruzgan and northern Kandahar. SOTG includes members from the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), 1st and 2nd Commando Regiments, the Incident Response Regiment, Special Operations Logistic Squadron and supporting units.      Photo: A Special Forces soldier observes a valley in Uruzgan as a Blackhawk circles above. Mid: Afghan National Police and their Australian Special Forces partners have further degraded the insurgent networks operating in central Uruzgan by capturing three key leaders in separate missions. Members of the Provincial Response Company Uruzgan (PRC-U) and the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) detained the objectives in Deh Rafshan and Baluchi during targeting operations in May. Deep: The Special Operations Task Group is deployed to southern Afghanistan to conduct population-centric, security and counter network operations. SOTG support the Afghan National Police’s Provincial Response Company in Uruzgan and northern Kandahar. SOTG includes members from the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), 1st and 2nd Commando Regiments, the Incident Response Regiment, Special Operations Logistic Squadron and supporting units.      Photo: OPERATION OMID HAFTPictures By PO (PHOT) Hamish BurkeSee Attached Press ReleaseImages of A Company, 1 Rifles Conducting a Helicopter Assault Force (HAF) Operation into the town of Alikosi in Helmand province as part of OPERATION OMID HAFT.Photo: Photo: An Afghan National Army Commando from the 6th Commando Kandak, pulls security in an almond orchard in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, on June 14, 2011. The commandos, assisted by U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers, searched a village in the Province for weapons caches and high value Taliban targets.  (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. William H. Newman) (Released)Photo: Afghan Commandos from 1st Company, 2nd Kandak, with assistance from U.S. Special Forces, search a village during a mission on May 28, 2011 in Paktya Province, Afghanistan. The operation was executed to search the village for insurgent fighters and anti-coalition propaganda in the area. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Andrew Vidakovich/Released)Photo: Photo: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Derrik Browne of Columbus, Ind., and U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Andrade of Bastrob, Texas, both squad leaders in Operations Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, provide security June 27 during a visit by Army officials to Bala Hesar, a fortress in Gardez that is home to a new Afghan quick reaction force. The force is comprised of Afghan National Army, Afghan Uniformed Police, Afghan Border Police, and Afghan National Civil Order Police members. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Adam L. Mathis, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)Photo: GARDĒZ, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Edward Duran of Downey, Calif., with Operations Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division directs his security force during a visit of Army officials to Bala Hesar, June 27, a fortress in Gardez, which serves as a base for a new Afghan quick reaction force for the area. The visit was part of an effort by officials to determine what facilities and training the Afghan security members needed. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Adam L. Mathis, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)Photo: Photo: U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Farrell, team leader, secures a construction site during a quality assurance visit in Qalat City, Afghanistan, July 8, 2011. Sgt. Farrell is a member of Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul's security force and is deployed from the Massachusetts National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Grovert Fuentes-Contreras)(Released) Photo: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Edward Winkowski (front), squad leader, and 1st Lt. Michael Lopez (rear), platoon leader, patrol to the Tarnek River in Qalat City, Afghanistan, July 9, 2011. Both are members of Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul's security force. PRT Zabul is comprised of Air Force, Army, Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development of Agriculture and U.S. Army Corps of Engineer personnel who work with the government of Afghanistan to improve governance, stability, and development throughout the province. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Grovert Fuentes-Contreras)(Released)  Photo: Photo: A Czech Republic soldier provides security in the village of Baraki Barak, Logar province, Afghanistan, during route clearance, in order to improve security in the area, July 06, 2011.Photo: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Todd Hobbs, squad leader, secures an area during a land survey in Arghandab, Afghanistan, July 20, 2011. Sergeant Hobbs is a member of Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul's security force and is deployed from the Massachusetts National Guard. PRT Zabul's mission is to conduct civil-military operations in Zabul Province to extend the reach and legitimacy of the Government of Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Grovert Fuentes-Contreras)(Released)Photo: Czech Republic soldiers provide security in the village of Baraki Barak, Logar province, Afghanistan, during route clearance, in order to improve security in the area, July 06, 2011.Photo: U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Marks with the 2-113th Infantry Battalion, New Jersey National Guard, aims a 110 sniper rifle atop an observation post outside the village of Sarobi in Paktika province, Afghanistan, July 11, 2011. The purpose of the mission was to provide security for the Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team, who supports stability operations in the village.Photo: U.S. Army Sgt. Thomas Becker of the 307th Military Information Support Operations Company, 10th MISO Battalion, Missouri Reserve Unit, provides security in the village of Orgun in Paktika province, Afghanistan, July 10, 2011.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey aircrew member deployed to Helmand province, scans the terrain below during an Aug. 4 mission to support Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of NATO and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan, during his Regional Command-Southwest battlefield circulation.  ISAF is a key component of the international community's engagement in Afghanistan, assisting Afghan authorities in providing security and stability while creating the conditions for reconstruction development.Photo: Photo: Photo: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. David Duhart from Dracut, Mass., Charlie Company, 1-182nd Infantry Division, of Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah assess the security during a mission to a vocational school, Farah City, Farah Province, Afghanistan, Aug. 17.The Farah Director of Social Affairs and members of the PRT visited the school to discuss the recent completion of the school. (ISAF photo/ USAF SrA Alexandra Hoachlander)(Released)Photo: MARJAH DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan – A Marine with 2nd Squad, 4th Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment shields himself as a rotary wing aircraft lifts off after performing a medical evacuation during a firefight with insurgents, in the Polpazai village here, Aug. 11. The Marines of Charlie Co., 1/6, engaged insurgents in a firefight while conducting a census patrol in the area.Photo: 1st Lt. Michael White, platoon leader  attached to Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team, talks to an Afghan child while he provides security for his team at the Mehtar Lam hospital Aug. 24. The PRT visited the hospital for the first time since arriving in July and used the visit to ensure they had enough supplies, and medical personnel o the staff. The Mehtar Lam hospital is the largest medical facility in Laghman, and also draws patients all the way from Nuristan. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane)Photo: 110724-N-LU859-381 Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan. (Aug. 08, 2011) A soldier of the Camp Marmal Force Protection Group mans a machine gun atop a vehicle as part of a patrol. He is one of many soldiers of the International Security Assistance Force’s Regional Command North who are responsible for protecting Camp Marmal and its airfield against intrusion attempts and attacks, as well the protection of aircraft during takeoff and landing. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Burt W. Eichen/Released)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: FARAH, Afghanistan 110926-F-JP934-020 / U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Joel Beaulieu, from Swansea, Mass., of 1-182 Infantry Regiment, Charlie Company, security force for Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah, escorts members of Farah's Provincial Government and the PRT off a CH-47 Chinook to attend a shura with local elders, Purchaman District, Farah Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 26.  In shuras, elders resolve community issues and communicate concerns to the provincial government. PRT Farah attends shuras throughout Farah Province to demonstrate support for the shura elders, the district governor and provincial governance. (ISAF photo/ USAF SrA Alexandra Hoachlander)
Photo: FARAH, Afghanistan 110926-F-JP934-108 / U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brendan Quinn, from Foxboro, Mass., of 1-182 Infantry Regiment, Charlie Company, security force for Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah, prepares to go on patrol, Purchaman District, Farah Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 26. PRT members escorted members of Farah's Provincial Government to a shura where elders resolve community issues and communicate concerns to the provincial government. PRT Farah attends shuras throughout Farah Province to demonstrate support for the shura elders, the district governor and provincial governance. (ISAF photo/ USAF SrA Alexandra Hoachlander)




Photo: FARAH, Afghanistan 110926-F-JP934-073 / U.S. Army Spc. Michael Leone, from Quincy, Mass., of 1-182 Infantry Regiment, Charlie Company, security force for Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah, provides security while on patrol, Purchaman District, Farah Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 26. PRT members escorted members of Farah's Provincial Government to a shura where elders resolve community issues and communicate concerns to the provincial government. PRT Farah attends shuras throughout Farah Province to demonstrate support for the shura elders, the district governor and provincial governance. (ISAF photo/ USAF SrA Alexandra Hoachlander)
Photo: FARAH, Afghanistan 110926-F-JP934-034 / U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Steven Davis, from Las Vegas, Nev., of Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah, mans the make-shift tactical operations center, which monitors communications between troops in the area and leadership back at Forward Operating Base Farah, Purchaman District, Farah Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 26. PRT members escorted members of Farah's Provincial Government to a shura where elders resolve community issues and communicate concerns to the provincial government. PRT Farah attends shuras throughout Farah Province to demonstrate support for the shura elders, the district governor and provincial governance. (ISAF photo/ USAF SrA Alexandra Hoachlander)

Photo: FARAH, Afghanistan 110926-F-JP934-050 / U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brendan Quinn, from Foxboro, Mass. (Left), and Sgt. Robbie Bannock, from Framingham, Mass., of 1-182 Infantry Regiment, Charlie Company, security force for Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah, conduct a radio check while on patrol,  Purchaman District, Farah Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 26. PRT members escorted members of Farah's Provincial Government to a shura where elders resolve community issues and communicate concerns to the provincial government. PRT Farah attends shuras throughout Farah Province to demonstrate support for the shura elders, the district governor and provincial governance. (ISAF photo/ USAF SrA Alexandra Hoachlander)
Photo: FARAH, Afghanistan 110926-F-JP934-057 / U.S. Army Sgt. Peter Lescord, from Brookefield, Mass. (Left), and Spc. Michael Leone, from Quincy, Mass., of 1-182 Infantry Regiment, Charlie Company, security force for Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah, make some adjustments on Spc. Leone's body armor,  Purchaman District, Farah Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 26. PRT members escorted members of Farah's Provincial Government to a shura where elders resolve community issues and communicate concerns to the provincial government. PRT Farah attends shuras throughout Farah Province to demonstrate support for the shura elders, the district governor and provincial governance. (ISAF photo/ USAF SrA Alexandra Hoachlander)
Photo: FARAH, Afghanistan 110926-F-JP934-062 / U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brendan Quinn, from Foxboro, Mass., of 1-182 Infantry Regiment, Charlie Company, security force for Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah, provides security while on patrol,  Purchaman District, Farah Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 26. PRT members escorted members of Farah's Provincial Government to a shura where elders resolve community issues and communicate concerns to the provincial government. PRT Farah attends shuras throughout Farah Province to demonstrate support for the shura elders, the district governor and provincial governance. (ISAF photo/ USAF SrA Alexandra Hoachlander)


Photo: FARAH, Afghanistan 110926-F-JP934-085 / U.S. Army Sgt. Peter Lescord, from Brookefield, Mass., of 1-182 Infantry Regiment, Charlie Company, security force for Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah, relays information over the radio while on patrol, Purchaman District, Farah Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 26. PRT members escorted members of Farah's Provincial Government to a shura where elders resolve community issues and communicate concerns to the provincial government. PRT Farah attends shuras throughout Farah Province to demonstrate support for the shura elders, the district governor and provincial governance. (ISAF photo/ USAF SrA Alexandra Hoachlander)

Photo: Marine Gen. John R. Allen, commander of NATOÕs International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, met with U.S. and Afghan soldiers and police deployed to Task Force Blackhawk, Paktika province, Afghanistan, during his battlefield circulation to Regional Command-East, Sept. 26.  Following an operational update briefing, Allen visited work centers and ate lunch with the troops and thanked them for their service and commitment in supporting and protecting the Afghan government.  The task force, a combined and unified team, is comprised of Afghan National Security Forces, interagency, and multinational organizations, which conducts counter-insurgency operations in Paktika to neutralize the insurgency and increase the competency, capacity, and credibility of Afghan institutions to set the security and stability conditions to begin transition to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Michael O'Connor) (Released)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: 111016-N-8377A-125 CAMP MARMAL LIVE FIRE RANGE, Balkh province, Afghanistan – An IED detonates. The explosive incident was created for the Weapons Intelligence Training course taught on Camp Marmal, sending automobile parts hundreds of feet into the air landing in all directions. The environmentally cleaned vehicle was destroyed to give students a chance to exploit a post blast incident. Students are learning to save lives by collecting information about enemy tactics, techniques, and the procedures to identify, track, and eliminate the bomb-makers. Upon completion of the WIT course, students will take their new skills out into the field for use in real world incidents. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Michael Ard/Released)Photo: 111016-N-8377A-236 CAMP MARMAL LIVE FIRE RANGE, Balkh province, Afghanistan – Students at the live fire portion of the Weapons Intelligence Training course taught on Camp Marmal, are put into teams consisting of a team leader, scribe, photographer and forensic collector. The live range portion, where students actually react to explosive incidents as if they were on call in their real mission assignments is the culmination of the 15 day course which starts with an entrance test, classroom lectures along with written and practical tests. The students are learning to save lives by collecting information about enemy tactics, techniques, and the procedures to identify, track, and eliminate the bomb-makers. Upon completion of the WIT course, students will take their new skills out into the field for use in real world incidents. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Michael Ard/Released)Photo: Helmand province, Afghanistan –UH-1Y Huey Helicopters depart Camp Bastion Airfield for a battlefield site survey with International Security Assistance Force commander Gen. John R. Allen and Regional Command-Southwest commander Marine Corps Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, Nov. 7. In addition to the site survey, Allen and Toolan took part in a working lunch and operational update briefings with Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Corps Regiment, in Sangin district. (U.S. Army Photo/Sgt. April Campbell) (released) Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Image shows: Soldiers from Somme company keeping watch outside their new compound, allowing the Royal Engineers to chop down trees that are blocking the view from the new bases sentry positions.

Soldiers serving with Somme Company, the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment have spearheaded an operation by the Combined Force Nad-e-Ali Battlegroup to clear the town of Sayedebad in southern Afghanistan.  The operation is called Op TOR SHEZADA (Operation Black Prince in Pastu) after the 4th Mechanized Brigade Black Rat Tactical Recognition Flash.  



Inserting by Chinook helicopter under the cover of darkness, the 1LANCS soldiers along with forces from 21 Engineer Regiment, the Counter-IED Taskforce, the 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland, Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan) and soldiers from the Afghan National Army landed close to the town before moving in to clear compounds and establish patrol bases in the region.

Photo: On 15 Feb 2010, Special Forces Soldiers secure the outside of a building, while it’s being cleared by team members. This is rehearsal for a night hostage rescue training mission in Germany.  (U.S. Army Photo by: SFC Silas Toney) Photo:  On 15 Feb 2010,  Special Forces Soldiers storm towards the second floor of a building after clearing the first floor , during a rehearsal for a night hostage rescue training mission in Germany.  (U.S. Army Photo by: SFC Silas Toney) Photo: Photo: Photo: U.S. Air Force Pararescueman Alejandro Serrano from the 46th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, and a machine gunner next to him, test fire their weapons in the open desert of Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Monday Oct. 11, 2010. The helicopter, flown by pilots from the 26th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, flew over the red dunes in southern Kandahar province on their way to pick up two Afghan casualties.Photo: Photo: U.S. Air Force military working dog Jackson sits on a U.S. Army M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle before heading out on a mission in Kahn Bani Sahd, Iraq, Feb. 13, 2007, with his handler, Tech. Sgt. Harvey Holt, of the 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall) (Released)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: 050628-N-0000X-001Navy file photo of Navy SEALs operating in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. From left to right, Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Matthew G. Axelson, of Cupertino, Calif; Senior Chief Information Systems Technician Daniel R. Healy, of Exeter, N.H.; Quartermaster 2nd Class James Suh, of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Marcus Luttrell; Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Eric S. Patton, of Boulder City, Nev.; and Lt. Michael P. Murphy, of Patchogue, N.Y. With the exception of Luttrell, all were killed June 28, 2005, by enemy forces while supporting Operation Red Wing. U.S. Navy photo (RELEASED)Photo: Soldater fra Kystjegerkommandoen under vinterøvelsen Cold Response 2009Soldiers from the coastal rangers command during winter exercise 2009Photo: Photo: Photo: Pararescuemen from the 38th Rescue Squadron and the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., jump from a HC-130P/N for a High Altitude Low Opening free fall drop from 12,999 feet in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. PJs use a variety of jumps depending on the mission. / USAF Photograph by Staff Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: 020212-N-6550T-016  
Eastern Afghanistan,  Feb. 12, 2002- - A Navy SEAL (SEa Air Land) observes munitions being destroyed.  The SEALs discovered the munitions while conducting a Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE) mission in Eastern Afghanistan. Navy Special Operations Forces are conducting missions in Afghanistan in support Operation Enduring Freedom.  U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Tim Turner. (RELEASED)
Photo: Photo: Photo: SF soldier "Matt" cleans his weapon䀆⒊嵄͆Photo: Photo:                                Photo:                                Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: On 15 Feb 2010, Special Forces Soldiers have an After Action Review (AAR), after exiting the cleared building. This is rehearsal for a night reconnaissance training mission in Germany.  (U.S. Army Photo by: SFC Silas Toney) Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Cpl Rai from 5 SCOTS takes a break during a patrol.---BRIT TROOPS’ OPERATION TO TRAIN AFGHAN NATIONAL POLICESoldiers from The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS), have recently been involved in a three-day operation designed to test the mettle of the Afghan National Police (ANP).Operation TORA GHAR was organised by members of 5 SCOTS deployed in the Nad-e Ali area of Helmand province, as a Police Advisory Team. 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Cuomo/Released)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Scottish soldiers mentor Afghan forces on operations in the green zone.Image shows: The Afghan patrol commander and Major Mark Suddaby the officer commanding one of the Brigade advisory teams on a joint patrol.Soldiers from the First Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS) take their mentoring of the Afghan National Army (ANA) out into the green zone of Afghanistan on operations. The unit, which is providing Advisory Team’s to the Afghan security forces, has been both training and carrying out operations alongside their Afghan colleagues near Nad-e-Ali. Photo: Photo: Photo: A special-operations Soldier attending the Advanced Tactical Infiltration Course at the Military Freefall School exits an aircraft to conduct a high-altitude, high-opening airborne operation with a full combat load March 10 in Yuma, Ariz.Photo: Soldiers attending the Advanced Tactical Infiltration Course at the Military Freefall School prepare to conduct a high-altitude, high-opening airborne operation March 9 over Yuma, Ariz. (Courtesy photo)Photo: A cadre member assigned to the Advanced Tactical Infiltration Course at the Military Freefall School exits an aircraft in order to conduct a high-altitude, high-opening airborne operation Nov. 2, 2010 into the ocean off the coast of Key West, Fla. (Courtesy photo)Photo: Photo: Photo: Pictured is a patrol from 40 Commando Royal Marines, providing security for the resupply by quad from Forward Operating Base (FOB) Jackson to Patrol Base (PB) Pylae.Pictured is L/Cpl Greg `Dutchy` Holland-Merten, returning to FOB Jackson after dropping off supplies to the PB.Photo: Photo: Soldiers from A Co., 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), shoot at a nearby range during weather exposure training here, Jan. 22. The Green Berets from Fort Carson spent a day at the range learning to shoot from skis and snow shoes. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael R. Noggle)Photo: Preparing for an upcoming mission, pararescuemen jump out the back of a C-130 Hercules during jump training Sept. 24 over southwestern Germany.  They are with the 786th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kenny Holston)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: KRT WORLD NEWS STORY SLUGGED: USIRAQ-ANSAR KRT PHOTOGRAPH BY TOM PENNINGTON/FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM  (DALLAS OUT) (March 29) SHRAM MOUNTAIN, IRAQ-- A U.S. Special Forces sniper fires, with a 50 cal. rifle, on Ansar Al-Islam fighters across the valley, high in the mountains above Khormal, Iraq Saturday, March 29, 2003. Kurdish peshmerga fighters and U.S. Special Forces attacked Ansar positions with fury for most of the afternoon. Many Ansar fighters were killed in the battle. (lde) 2003Photo: Sgt Steyn talks through the next phase of the plan with a local ANP Patrolman.---BRIT TROOPS’ OPERATION TO TRAIN AFGHAN NATIONAL POLICESoldiers from The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS), have recently been involved in a three-day operation designed to test the mettle of the Afghan National Police (ANP).Operation TORA GHAR was organised by members of 5 SCOTS deployed in the Nad-e Ali area of Helmand province, as a Police Advisory Team. A unit of 12 men, the Police Advisory Team focuses on ensuring Afghan policemen deployed on the ground in Helmand are adhering to their correct procedures and training.  Photo: Photo: Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of NATO and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan, visits with Soldiers during a battle field circulation to Regional Command- West, Herat Province,  Nov. 8. ISAF is a key component of the international community’s engagement in Afghanistan, assisting Afghan authorities in providing security and stability while creating the conditions for reconstruction development. (Photo by U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Joshua Treadwell) (Released)Photo: Soldater fra Force protection gjør seg klar for å dra ut på oppdrag fra Camp Nidaros ved Mazar-E-Sharif, AfghanistanSoldiers from Force Protection are ready to go on a missionPhoto: Photo: Photo: An Afghan national security force member spots enemy fighters as a U.S. Special Operations Forces joint terminal attack controller radios coordinates of an insurgent lookout point atop a mountain to F-18 Hornet fighter jet pilots flying overhead in Chenartu village located in Shawali Kot District, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, June 17. Recent clearing operations conducted by U.S. SOF and ANSF have proven to disrupt improvised explosive device manufacturing and distribution in the region.Photo: Afghan National Army (ANA) Commandos with the 207th Kandak are on a routine patrol on April 12 2009 in Gulistan district Farah province.(CJSOTF-A photo by Spc. Joseph A. Wilson.)