US Forces-Afghanistan Adjusts its $9.1B Infrastructure Program to Meet Afghans' Near-Term Needs
KABUL, Afghanistan (September 10, 2013) - (USFOR-A Public Affairs) Over the course of a decade, the U.S. and its coalition partners initiated $9.1B in new construction projects intended to provide the Afghan National Security Forces adequate infrastructure and basing to protect the Afghan people. The U.S. Forces - Afghanistan (USFOR-A) maintains oversight of this investment by continually reviewing changes in coalition and Afghan operations.
As Afghan forces assumed the lead for security throughout the country, the coalition vacated hundreds of temporary facilities it no longer needed to occupy or maintain. Turning over some of these facilities to Afghan forces has enabled USFOR-A to meet the near-term basing needs of Afghan forces while decreasing expenditures in more expensive, permanent facilities that would take another year or two to finish constructing. Since January of 2013, USFOR-A’s actions have saved over $432,000,000 in planned U.S. and coalition funding, in part, by offsetting new construction with the transfer of existing coalition bases.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan- (Story by Staff Sgt. Brandon McIntosh Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan) Afghan Local Police and Afghan Uniformed Police saved countless lives Sept. 9 in Kandahar province’s Panjwai district, repelling an attempted attack on the district’s headquarters before insurgent efforts could get underway.
Two Taliban insurgents armed with suicide vests were dressed in AUP uniforms. The first attacker’s vest exploded just outside the compound when he was shot by AUP and security guards. The second
would-be bomber also died from gunshot wounds, but without detonating his vest.
HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – (Story by Staff Sgt. Osvaldo Equite Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan) Afghan National Army Special Forces and Afghan Uniformed Police repelled an insurgent attack on their joint patrol Sept. 10 in Helmand province’s Nahr-e Saraj district.
At least four insurgents opened fire on the patrol along Highway 1 in the district’s Yakchal region. Insurgents sporadically fired assault rifles and several mortars, but quickly retreated.
The Afghan security forces approached the area from where their attackers engaged and found a weapons cache. The stockpile included 50 kilograms of homemade explosives and several communication devices possibly used to make bombs, according to the ANASF reports.
Taliban militants are known to use the Yakchal area to bury and hide weapons.
WARDAK PROVINCE, Afghanistan- (Story by Staff Sgt. Opal Vaughn Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan) Afghan National Security Forces and Afghan Local Police guardians repelled an insurgent attack on a checkpoint Sept. 13 in Wardak province’s Sayadabad district.
At least 10 armed militants opened fire the joint Afghan force as they patrolled Malikel village. Insurgents used shoulder-fired grenades and machine guns. ANSF and ALP immediately returned
fire and quickly forced the enemy fighters to retreat.
“Afghan Local Police are the main pillar that supports our security, safety and happiness without discrimination,” said ALP Interior Minister Director Brig. Gen. Ali Shah Ahmadzai. “ALP protects checkpoints to support the well-being and security of the people and our government.”
With the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s recent announcement of Tranche 5/ Milestone 2013, Afghan National Security Forces are irreversibly taking the lead for Afghanistan’s security.
Kajaki district leaders deliver school supplies to local children
HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Children in Helmand province’s Kajaki district welcomed much-needed school supplies they received during an outreach event led by district leaders Sept. 7.
District Gov. Abdul Raziq and Afghan National Army Special Forces soldiers distributed backpacks, book bags, notebooks and writing utensils to more than 60 students at the Kajaki Sofla School.
Raziq toured the school and met with teachers to discuss the school’s current condition and security in the area.
“The current security situation at the school is good,” said Qalam Rasua, a schoolteacher. However, the school needs renovations to accommodate more children and to prepare the school for the rainy season, she added.
The teachers currently use tents to teach additional children when the school’s six classrooms are filled, Rasua explained.
The school staff praised the district governor for the supplies. The governor said he would work to provide more as well as address issues with the facilities, he said.