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August 31, 2010

Army officer comes home to the Marines

1st Marine Division
Story by Sgt. Dean Davis
Date08.31.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – When Cpl. Jeff Van Cleave left the Marine Corps in 1990 in hopes of becoming an officer, he wasn’t sure he would ever come back to the Marine Corps. Now, the U.S. Army major, who proudly wears the 1st Marine Division patch on his uniform, has returned and is responsible for all artillery in Helmand province, but the journey back to the “Blue Diamond” has taken him farther than he ever expected.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55473/army-officer-comes-home-marines

Birthplace of the Taliban: The next battleground

By Denis D. Gray
Associated Press Writer
August 31, 2010

HOWZ-E-MADAD, Afghanistan—As some 400 U.S. and Afghan soldiers gather to honor their first fallen comrade, mournful Muslim prayers mingle with the stutter of machine gun fire and the thud of exploding grenades just beyond their heavily fortified camp.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2010/08/31/birthplace_of_the_taliban_the_next_battleground/

Officials Confirm Capture of Insurgent Leader

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date08.31.2010

WASHINGTON - A senior insurgent leader believed to be responsible for coordinating the movement of fighters across three provinces in Afghanistan was captured by Afghan-led security forces, military officials reported, Aug. 31.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55472/officials-confirm-capture-insurgent-leader

Afghan civilians killed, wounded in Marjah

ISAF Joint Command

Courtesy Story
Date08.31.2010
Date Posted:08.31.2010 20:30
Location:KABUL, AF

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition force conducting a medical evacuation mission were forced to fire on two Afghan civilians who displayed hostile intent to the combined force in the area of Marjah in Helmand province Aug. 31.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55492/afghan-civilians-killed-wounded-marjah

Joint team to assess civilian casualties in Helmand

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.31.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Coalition forces came under heavy small-arms fire in the Musa Qal'ah District of Helmand province Aug. 31.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55491/joint-team-assess-civilian-casualties-helmand

Afghan authorities take over biggest bank to avoid meltdown

By Joshua Partlow and Andrew Higgins
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, August 31, 2010; 5:00 PM

KABUL - Afghanistan's Central Bank has taken control of Kabul Bank, a politically potent financial institution partly owned by President Hamid Karzai's brother, and ordered its chairman to hand over $160 million worth of luxury villas and other property purchased in Dubai for well-connected insiders, according to Afghan bankers and officials.

For more:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/31/AR2010083103018.html

Airlift moves mountains for Afghanistan surge

Headquarters Air Mobility Command Public Affairs
Story by Master Sgt. Scott Sturkol
Date08.31.2010

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- During a recent commander's call, Gen. Raymond E. Johns Jr., Air Mobility Command commander, may have best cited the importance of airlift to today's military when he said, "One mission can change the world."

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55480/airlift-moves-mountains-afghanistan-surge

Force recon Marines return to MEUs

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Aug 31, 2010 9:24:33 EDT

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — As part of continued efforts to enhance the Corps’ ship-boarding capabilities, force reconnaissance Marines are set to deploy next year as part of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/08/marine-force-recon-meu-083110w/

Gates: Commanders Have Resources to Win in Afghanistan

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Story by Jim Garamone
Date08.31.2010

MILWAUKEE - The U.S. military has fought two separate wars in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the American Legion here today.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55464/gates-commanders-have-resources-win-afghanistan

Petraeus: Afghan concern about Pakistan is legit

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer
Tue Aug 31, 8:42 am ET

KABUL, Afghanistan – President Hamid Karzai's recent complaints that international forces should focus on militant leaders hiding in neighboring Pakistan instead of Afghan villages doesn't mean the government no longer supports the U.S. war strategy, the top NATO commander said Tuesday

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100831/ap_on_re_as/as_afghan_petraeus

Petraeus: Taliban retain momentum in some areas

Associated Press
Tue Aug 31, 4:36 am ET

BRUSSELS – Taliban guerrillas still retain the initiative in some parts of Afghanistan despite recent successes by coalition forces, the top U.S. and NATO commander in the country said Tuesday

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100831/ap_on_re_eu/eu_nato_petraeus_2

Gunman kills Afghan Supreme Court employees

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.31.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Gunman killed three and wounded several more employees of the Afghan Supreme Court travelling on a mini bus in Kabul, Aug. 31.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55454/gunman-kills-afghan-supreme-court-employees

Afghan Airmen Learn How to Take Offensive

NATO Training Mission Afghanistan
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ernesto Hernandez Fonte
Date08.31.2010

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghan airmen of the Kandahar Air Wing are learning how to take the offensive from advisors assigned to the 738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55446/afghan-airmen-learn-take-offensive

Taliban footprint 'spreading': Petraeus

Lynne O'Donnell
August 31, 2010 - 9:14PM
AFP

The US commander of the Afghan war has acknowledged that the Taliban were expanding their footprint across the country even as foreign forces close in on their traditional southern strongholds.

To read the entire article:

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/taliban-footprint-spreading-petraeus-20100831-14fj8.html

Afghan withdrawal won't be a "hand-off" - Petraeus

31 Aug 2010 09:52:58 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Paul Tait

KABUL, Aug 31 (Reuters) - The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan from next July will begin with a general "thinning out" of forces rather than any large-scale drawdown, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces said on Tuesday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67U09V.htm

Afghan, coalition forces conduct air assault in Kunar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.31.2010

KABUL – Afghan National Security Forces and U.S. soldiers from Task Force Bastogne conducted a major air assault in the village of Omar, in the Monogai District of Kunar province Monday.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55448/afghan-coalition-forces-conduct-air-assault-kunar

UPDATE Haqqani Network facilitator capture confirmed

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.31.2010

KABUL – The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of a Haqqani Network facilitator whose primary role is coordinating the movement of fighters throughout Khost, Paktiya and Paktika provinces.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55442/update-haqqani-network-facilitator-capture-confirmed

Taliban commander targeted in Kandahar with precision air strike

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.31.2010

KABUL – Coalition forces conducted a precision air strike in Kandahar province Monday, targeting a Taliban commander responsible for directing improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan civilians, as well as Afghan and coalition forces.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55441/taliban-commander-targeted-kandahar-with-precision-air-strike

Haqqani commander captured by Afghan-led security force in Khost

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.31.2010

KABUL – A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani Network sub-commander in charge of an insurgent cell responsible for the facilitation of weapons and supplies for area fighters, along with some of his associates in Khost province Monday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55440/haqqani-commander-captured-afghan-led-security-force-khostTo read the entire article:

Security force continues pursuit of Al Qaeda operative

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.31.2010


KABUL – Afghan and coalition security forces detained two insurgents in Kunduz province Monday in their continued pursuit of an Al-Qaeda-affiliated extremist connected to several insurgent groups in the area including the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and the Taliban.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55438/security-force-continues-pursuit-al-qaeda-operative

Taliban commander captured in Kandahar, several insurgents detained

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.31.2010

KABUL – An Afghan and coalition security force detained several insurgents in Kandahar province Monday, including a Taliban commander who coordinated weapons movements and improvised explosive device and direct fire attacks on Afghan civilians, as well as Afghan and coalition forces.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55439/taliban-commander-captured-kandahar-several-insurgents-detained

Security force captures Taliban IED cell leader in Ghazni

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.31.2010

KABUL – An Afghan and coalition security force detained several insurgents in Ghazni province Monday, including a Taliban sub-commander who led an improvised explosive device attack cell.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55437/security-force-captures-taliban-ied-cell-leader-ghazni

August 30, 2010

U.S. hospital in Germany handles America's Afghan war wounded

After emergency surgery, a Marine is airlifted to the Landstuhl medical center on a special cargo plane. Since 2004, nearly 13,000 wounded U.S. service personnel have been evacuated there.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
August 30, 2010|5:24 p.m.

Reporting from Landstuhl, Germany —
Before Marine Cpl. Corey Griggs went on his last patrol in Afghanistan's restive Helmand province, he had a premonition of sorts.

To continue reading:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-afghanistan-wounded-20100831,0,6443281.story

Petraeus near on guidelines for transition

Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander in Afghanistan, has completed work on new guidelines for turning some security duties over to Afghan forces in the months ahead, according to senior NATO and Pentagon officials.

By THOM SHANKER
The New York Times
August 30, 2010

WASHINGTON — Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander in Afghanistan, has completed work on new guidelines for turning some security duties over to Afghan forces in the months ahead, calling for U.S. and allied troops to step back gradually from areas as they are pacified rather than handing off the task all at once to local units, according to senior NATO and Pentagon officials.

To continue reading:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2012764952_afghan31.html?syndication=rss

Rights groups challenge Obama on targeted killings

30 Aug 2010 21:48:39 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Jeremy Pelofsky

WASHINGTON, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Civil liberties groups sued the Obama administration on Monday over a program they said illegally tries to kill U.S. citizens believed to be militants living abroad, like the anti-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

To read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N30196413.htm

Marine from central Minn. killed in Afghanistan

The Associated Press
Posted: 08/30/2010 06:07:11 PM PDT

PINE CITY, Minn.—A highly decorated Marine bomb disposal technician from Pine City in central Minnesota was killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand province of Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Monday.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Master Sgt. Daniel L. Fedder, of the 7th ESB:

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_15944340?nclick_check=1

Florida Marine killed in Afghanistan

Jim Peppard August 30, 2010

Washington, D.C. -- A Marine from Florida was killed in Afghanistan Sunday, the U.S. Defense Department said today.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Gunnery Sgt. Floyd E. Holley, of the 7th ESB:

http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=143467&catid;=250

Insurgent attacks kill, wound 8 Afghan civilians

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.30.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Four Afghan civilians were killed, including two children, and four more civilians were wounded in insurgent attacks in eastern and southern Afghanistan Aug. 30.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55431/insurgent-attacks-kill-wound-8-afghan-civilians

Congressman calls meeting with Karzai disturbing

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press Writer - Mon Aug 30, 5:46 pm ET

WASHINGTON – A Democratic congressman, just back from Afghanistan, criticized Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday for failing to stem corruption infesting his country's government.

To continue reading:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100830/ap_on_go_co/us_us_afghanistan_1

Insurgents attack Afghan, coalition forces from mosque

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.30.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - A joint Afghan and International Security Assistance Force patrol came under small-arms fire from multiple firing points, one of which was a mosque, in the Nad 'Ali District of Helmand province Aug. 30.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55422/insurgents-attack-afghan-coalition-forces-mosque

Protest at military funeral ignites a test of free speech

By Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY
August 30, 2010

YORK, Pa. — Albert Snyder tears up, then turns angry as he recalls burying his Marine son while members of the anti-gay fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church picketed nearby.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/08/ap-funeral-protests-free-speech-phelps-snyder-083010/

Questions loom over drug given to sleepless vets

By MATTHEW PERRONE
AP Health Writer
Posted on Monday, 08.30.10

WASHINGTON -- Andrew White returned from a nine-month tour in Iraq beset with signs of post-traumatic stress disorder: insomnia, nightmares, constant restlessness. Doctors tried to ease his symptoms using three psychiatric drugs, including a potent anti-psychotic called Seroquel.

To read the entire article:

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/08/30/1798529/questions-loom-over-drug-given.html

Lejeune Marine heroes remembered in comic panel

August 30, 2010 5:47 AM
HOPE HODGE

Two Camp Lejeune Marines who gave everything for their country in 2008, are remembered two years later in an unusual way: a comic strip.

To continue reading about Fallen Heroes, Cpl. Jonathan Yaleand Lance Cpl. Jonathan Haerter, of the 1/9:

http://www.jdnews.com/news/lejeune-82074-remembered-comic.html

Sub-governor killed outside governor's palace in Jalalabad

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.30.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - A district sub-governor was killed and four of his bodyguards were wounded when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated outside of the governor's palace in the Jalalabad District of Nangarhar province Aug. 30.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55409/sub-governor-killed-outside-governors-palace-jalalabad

Taliban leader targeted

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.30.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Multiple intelligence reports and tips from local citizens led a combined Afghan National Security Force and coalition force to target a senior Taliban leader in Helmand province, Aug. 30.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55402/taliban-leader-targeted

Successful airstrike against senior Taliban commander

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.30.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Coalition forces carried out an air strike on a senior Taliban commander south of Sangin, Helmand province Sunday, Aug. 29.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55398/successful-airstrike-against-senior-taliban-commander

Investigation ordered into Baghlan civilian casualty claims

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.30.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - The commander of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command has ordered an investigation into the allegations of civilian casualties in Baghlan province during an operation, Aug. 22.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55393/investigation-ordered-into-baghlan-civilian-casualty-claims

Afghan poll candidate rages against graft, Karzai

30 Aug 2010 11:25:58 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Andrew Hammond

KABUL, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Graft is destroying Afghanistan and next month's parliamentary poll will be little more than a dark comedy run by political elites unless there is real change, one of President Hamid Karzai's fiercest critics has said.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67R022.htm

Karzai Attacks Afghan War Strategy as 'Ineffective'

VOA News 30 August 2010

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has again harshly criticized coalition strategy for fighting Afghanistan's stubborn insurgency.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Karzai-Attacks-Afghan-War-Strategy-as-Ineffective-101785238.html

U.S. Escalates Air War Over Afghanistan

By Noah Shachtman August 30, 2010 | 12:28 am |

There may not be quite as many bombs falling from the sky. But don’t let that fool you. The United States has dramatically escalated its air war over Afghanistan.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/08/u-s-afghan-air-war/

Car bomb kills Afghan official in east

30 Aug 2010 09:05:06 GMT
Source: Reuters
(Updates with official saying car bomb, not suicide attack)
By Rafiq Sherzad

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Aug 30 (Reuters) - A car bomb killed a district chief in eastern Afghanistan on Monday as he entered a provincial headquarters, but the governor escaped unhurt, officials said.

To read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67T08H.htm

Weapons cache secured, destroyed in Wardak province

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.30.2010

KABUL – Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces uncovered and secured a large weapons cache in the Jalriz District, Maydan Wardak province today.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55384/weapons-cache-secured-destroyed-wardak-province

Force captures more insurgents linked to coalition base attacks

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.30.2010

KABUL – Afghan and coalition forces captured a Haqqani Network commander and several of his associates during an overnight operation in Khost province. The commander and his fighters were involved in the complex attack on Forward Operating Bases Salerno and Chapman Saturday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55376/force-captures-more-insurgents-linked-coalition-base-attacks

Forces continue their pursuit of Haqqani Network leaders

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.30.2010

KABUL – An Afghan and coalition security force detained several insurgents in Khost province Sunday while in pursuit of a Haqqani Network facilitator whose primary role is coordinating the movement of fighters throughout Khost, Paktiya and Paktika provinces.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55372/forces-continue-their-pursuit-haqqani-network-leaders

Force captures Taliban IED facilitator in Kandahar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.30.2010

KABUL – Afghan and coalition forces captured a Taliban improvised explosive device facilitator reportedly linked to the movement of a large ammonium nitrate shipment, which was interdicted by the Afghan National Army Aug. 9, in Kandahar Sunday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55373/force-captures-taliban-ied-facilitator-kandahar

Security force targets insurgents in Paktiya

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.30.2010

KABUL – Afghan and coalition forces detained several insurgents in Paktiya province Sunday while in pursuit of a Taliban commander who coordinates suicide bombings throughout Paktiya.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55371/security-force-targets-insurgents-paktiya

Taliban leadership targeted by Afghan, coalition forces in Kandahar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.30.2010

KABUL – An Afghan-led force detained several suspected insurgents in Kandahar province Sunday while in pursuit of a Taliban commander responsible for directing improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition forces.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55370/taliban-leadership-targeted-afghan-coalition-forces-kandahar

UPDATE Capture of Taliban facilitator in Kandahar confirmed

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.30.2010

KABUL – The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of a Taliban facilitator involved in the acquisition of military materials during an Afghan and coalition force operation in Kandahar province Saturday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55369/update-capture-taliban-facilitator-kandahar-confirmed

Another Taliban judge captured by Afghan-led force in Helmand

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.30.2010

KABUL – Afghan and coalition security forces captured a Taliban judge with influence in Nad ‘Ali and Marjah districts of Helmand province Sunday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55368/another-taliban-judge-captured-afghan-led-force-helmand

August 29, 2010

Long-lost dog tags connect two WWII veterans

The two meet 65 years later in Lake Crystal

By Dan Linehan Free Press Staff Writer
August 29, 2010

LAKE CRYSTAL — It’s 1945, and Fred Manke is a Marine taking a walk on a beach in Saipan, the Pacific island where he would be stationed for 14 months. Manke and everyone else are waiting for what everyone presumed would be an invasion of Japan.

To continue reading:

http://mankatofreepress.com/bigstory/x1237197044/Long-lost-dog-tags-connect-two-WWII-veterans

Afghan president condemns CIA payment reports

STAFF WRITER 29 Aug 2010

Kabul, Aug 28 (AP) Afghanistan's presidential office today condemned US media reports that Afghan government officials have received payments from the CIA in return for information.

To read the entire article:

http://www.ptinews.com/news/909194_Afghan-president-condemns-CIA-payment-reports-

Original Navajo Code Talker still tells his story

By FELICIA FONSECA Associated Press Writer © 2010 The Associated Press
Aug. 29, 2010, 1:54PM

ALBUQUERQUE — Tourists hurry inside a shop here to buy books about the famed Navajo Code Talkers, warriors who used their native language as their primary weapon.

To continue reading:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/7176741.html

One Million Served

15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs
Story by Capt. Paul Duncan
Date08.29.2010

GHAZI, Pakistan – The sailors and Marines of HMM-165 reinforced (Reinforced), 15th MEU, and HM-15 Detachment 2, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 press on as they acknowledge a major achievement during humanitarian relief efforts in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan.

For more on the HMM-165 relief efforts:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55358/one-million-served

Insurgents die in Farah blast

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.30.2010
Date Posted:08.29.2010 22:11

KABUL – Two insurgents wearing suicide improvised explosive device vests were killed in an explosion in Farah city yesterday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55367/insurgents-die-farah-blast

Afghan Woman Defies Repression

NATO Training Mission Afghanistan
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ernesto Hernandez Fonte
Date08.29.2010

KANDAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - In few countries do women face as many challenges as they do in Afghanistan—a country which not only holds the record for the worst place to be a mother, according to Save the Children’s “State of the World’s Mothers Report 2010,” but is also home to the fundamentalist Taliban, one of the world’s most repressive anti-women’s rights regimes.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55328/afghan-woman-defies-repression

Amid bloody Afghan battle, name-calling on the rise

29 Aug 2010 16:41:13 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Jonathon Burch

KABUL, Aug 29 (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban are angry that the man whose job it is to kill their fighters has claimed to be making progress; so angry that they want to hold an unprecedented news conference to talk about it.

To read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67S01E.htm

IED wounds 2 in Kandahar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.29.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Two Afghan civilians were wounded from in improvised explosive device blast in the Panjwaii District of Kandahar province Aug. 29.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55362/ied-wounds-2-kandahar

Lejeune Navy casualty identified

THE DAILY NEWS, JACKSONVILLE, N.C. | August 29, 2010

Aug. 29--The Defense Department has identified a Navy casualty from Camp Lejeune.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero,Petty Officer 3rd Class James M. Swink, of the 2nd Marine Division, II MEF:

http://dailyme.com/story/2010082900002742/brief-lejeune-navy-casualty-identified.html

ANSF instructors train Afghanistan’s future

Regional Command Southwest
Story by Cpl. Brian Gabriel Jr.
Date08.29.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Security throughout Helmand province has steadily increased due to the constant push of formally-trained Afghan National Police officers out to cities. These police officers are receiving their training from coalition forces-run academies, like the Joint Security Academy Southwest located at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55360/ansf-instructors-train-afghanistans-future

Marjah police officer willing to sacrifice anything for country

Regional Command Southwest
Story by Lance Cpl. Jeremy Fasci
Date08.29.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Allawadin, a 24-year-old Afghan police recruit is lacking one very important feature necessary to being a cop here. Mainly, he doesn’t have a trigger finger.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55361/marjah-police-officer-willing-sacrifice-anything-country

Key Taliban commander in Helmand targeted

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.29.2010

KABUL - Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected insurgents in Helmand province Saturday while in pursuit of a Taliban commander who is a key facilitator of weapons and supplies for other Taliban commanders operating in northern Helmand.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55352/key-taliban-commander-helmand-targeted

Afghan Police making mark in Arghandab

Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan Media Operations Center
Story by Staff Sgt. Jeremy D. Crisp
Date08.29.2010

ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan – It was only a year ago that the Afghan national civil order police had a 60 to 80 percent attrition rate among its policemen due to low morale, equipment issues, lack of basic resources and corruption.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55357/afghan-police-making-mark-arghandab

Honoring a hero: Naval ship commissioning at Port Everglades

Sunday, August 29th, 2010 | Posted by Andrea Freygang

Hero is a word often used. On rare occasion, it describes an ordinary person who does something extraordinary. Marine Corporal Jason Dunham was a real hero, one who gave his life on the battlefield to save two of his fellow Marines.

For more about the upcoming commissioning (11/13/10) of the USS Jason Dunham:

http://browardnetonline.com/2010/08/honoring-a-hero-naval-ship-commissioning-at-port-everglades/

Security force targets Taliban district commander in Kunduz

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.29.2010

KABUL - An Afghan and coalition security force detained one suspected insurgent in Kunduz province last night while in pursuit of the Taliban district commander for Aliabad, who is directly involved in the planning of attacks against coalition forces.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55351/security-force-targets-taliban-district-commander-kunduz

Afghan troops receive award for first combat operation

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.28.2010

KABUL - Soldiers from the Afghan National Army's 2nd Company, 8th Commando Kandak, received the Combat Action Badge Tuesday for their actions in the unit's first combat operation since completing their extensive training.

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Team completes assessment of Jowzjan incident

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.28.2010

KABUL - A joint incident assessment team recently found no evidence to conclude coalition force helicopters were responsible for the deaths of three Afghan National Police members, Aug.
21.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55308/team-completes-assessment-jowzjan-incident

Joint assessment team confirms possibility of civilian casualties in Baghlan

ISAF Joint Command
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Date08.29.2010

KABUL - In response to Baghlan provincial governor's concerns about civilian casualties, a joint assessment team composed of representatives from the ministries of interior and defense, and International Security Assistance Force officials, conducted a full assessment of an operation on Aug. 22 in Talah wa Barfak District, Baghlan province.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55350/joint-assessment-team-confirms-possibility-civilian-casualties-baghlan

UPDATE Capture of Taliban commander in Paktika confirmed

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.29.2010

KABUL - The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of a Taliban facilitator involved in the manufacture of improvised explosive devices during an Afghan-led operation in Paktika Wednesday.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55349/update-capture-taliban-commander-paktika-confirmed

Insurgent networks remain the focus for Afghan, coalition forces

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.29.2010

KABUL - An Afghan-led force detained several insurgents in Kandahar province Saturday while in pursuit of a Taliban facilitator involved in the acquisition of military materials.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55348/insurgent-networks-remain-focus-afghan-coalition-forces

Afghan and coalition force targets Taliban commander in Nangarhar

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Date08.29.2010

KABUL - Afghan and coalition forces detained several insurgents in Nangarhar province Saturday while in pursuit of a Taliban operational commander directly linked to a suicide bomber attack that killed Khogyani elder Haji Zaman, February 22.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55346/afghan-and-coalition-force-targets-taliban-commander-nangarhar

Force detains several suspected insurgents in Kandahar

ISAF Joint Command
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Date08.29.2010

KABUL - More than 10 suspected insurgents were detained Saturday in Kandahar during an Afghan-led operation in pursuit of a Taliban commander.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55347/force-detains-several-suspected-insurgents-kandahar

Gunmen kill five in latest Afghan poll violence

29 Aug 2010 10:07:53 GMT
Source: Reuters

HERAT, Afghanistan, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Armed men have killed five campaigners working for a female candidate in next month's parliamentary election in Afghanistan, an official said on Sunday, the latest attack amid growing security fears.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67S00V.htm

Taliban 'judge is out' in Helmand

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.29.2010

KABUL - Afghan and coalition forces detained more than 10 suspected insurgents during a combined operation to detain a senior Taliban commander Aug. 20.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55338/taliban-judge-out-helmand

Taliban commanders captured in Logar

ISAF Joint Command
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Date08.29.2010

KABUL - Afghan and coalition security forces captured Zia Ul-Haq, a senior Taliban commander operating in Logar province and responsible for the facilitation of foreign fighters and suicide bombers into Kabul City, during an operation Wednesday.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55337/taliban-commanders-captured-logar

ANSF, ISAF Defeat Another Haqqani Attack

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.29.2010

KABUL - Afghan and Coalition forces killed more than 30 Haqqani Network insurgents, including 13 wearing suicide vests as they attempted to storm Forward Operating Bases Salerno and Chapman and government buildings in Khost Saturday morning. Mudasir, a Haqqani suicide bomber and improvised explosive device facilitator, was killed as he attempted to flee as the attack was smashed by ANSF and ISAF forces.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55335/ansf-isaf-defeat-another-haqqani-attack

5 kidnapped Afghan campaign workers found dead

Posted: Aug 29, 2010 1:48 AM PDT

By RAHIM FAIEZ
Associated Press Writer

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan officials said they found the bodies Sunday of five kidnapped campaign workers for a female parliamentary candidate in the western province of Herat.

To continue reading:

http://www.ktnv.com/global/story.asp?s=13061988

Coalition forces conduct air strike against senior commander

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.29.2010

KABUL - A coalition force air strike was conducted against a senior Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan commander who facilitates foreign fighters and leads attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Kunduz Saturday.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55333/coalition-forces-conduct-air-strike-against-senior-commander

Forces capture Haqqani Network commander involved in attacks

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.29.2010

KABUL- Afghan and coalition forces captured a Haqqani Network commander involved in Saturday's attacks on Forward Operating Bases Salerno and Chapman in Khost province.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55332/forces-capture-haqqani-network-commander-involved-attacks

Afghan, coalition forces conduct operations in Paktiya

ISAF Joint Command
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Date08.29.2010

KABUL- Afghan and coalition forces conducted operations in Paktiya province last night while in pursuit of a Taliban commander for coordinating and conducting indirect fire and direct fire attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55330/afghan-coalition-forces-conduct-operations-paktiya

Loved ones salute fallen Wheaton soldier

By Matt Arado | Daily Herald StaffContact writer
Published: 8/29/2010

Stephen Oratowski said his son Kevin went by many nicknames during his life, including a few that "I probably shouldn't repeat inside church."

To continue reading about Fallen Hero,Lance Cpl. Kevin E. Oratowski, of the 1st LAR:

http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=404258

Wilkie wants troops out of Afghanistan

By Sarah Collerton
Updated Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:12am AEST

Incoming independent MP Andrew Wilkie has described the justification for the war in Afghanistan as "one of the great lies of the election campaign"

Mr Wilkie has claimed victory in the Tasmanian seat of Denison, but he will wait a few more days before declaring who he will support in a hung parliament.

For more on this Australian's point of view:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/08/29/2996394.htm

August 28, 2010

3rd MAW (Fwd) Hosts MEU Helos Preparing for Pakistan

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs
Story by Sgt. Deanne Hurla
Date08.27.2010
Date Posted:08.28.2010 12:04

The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) proved its versatility and flexibility as they stepped up to support the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit on its way to Pakistan – without compromising its already-intense combat operations support.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55317/3rd-maw-fwd-hosts-meu-helos-preparing-pakistan

Force targets Taliban judge in Helmand overnight

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.28.2010

KABUL - Afghan and coalition security forces targeted a Taliban judge with influence in Nad 'Ali and Marjah Districts of Helmand province Friday.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55305/force-targets-taliban-judge-helmand-overnight

Taliban commanders are top priority in ongoing Kandahar operation

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.28.2010

KABUL - An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents in Kandahar province Friday searching for a Taliban commander and weapons expert.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55304/taliban-commanders-top-priority-ongoing-kandahar-operation

Afghan Security Guard member shot by Taliban after attempted kidnapping

Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan Media Operations Center
Courtesy Story
Date08.27.2010
Date Posted:08.28.2010 03:55
Story by: Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan Public Affairs

ORUZGAN, Afghanistan – An Afghan Security Guard member was shot by a member of the Taliban after an attempted kidnapping in Deh Rawod Aug. 27.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55298/afghan-security-guard-member-shot-taliban-after-attempted-kidnapping

US drone strike kills four militants in Pakistan

Saturday, 28 Aug, 2010

PESHAWAR: A US drone strike Saturday killed four militants in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, security officials said.
The strike hit Shahidano village in the violence-wracked Kurram tribal district, 100 kilometres (62 miles) southwest of Peshawar.

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http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/44-us-drone-strike-kills-four-militants-in-pakistan-fa-10

Taliban attack U.S. base in Afghanistan's east

28 Aug 2010 02:35:30 GMT
Source: Reuters

KABUL, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Up to 30 Taliban insurgents, including suicide bombers, attacked a U.S. base in Afghanistan's east on Saturday, officials said, but there were no details available about possible casualties or damage.

To read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67R006.htm

Marines expand their influence in southern Afghanistan

By Gretel C. Kovach, UNION-TRIBUNE
Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 4:21 p.m.

SAFAR, Afghanistan — Between blasts from the occasional bomb buried in the sandy lanes or the puttering of motorcycles, quiet once reigned during hot summer days in the desert flatlands of southern Afghanistan. But a strange sound has begun to reverberate through the mud-walled stalls of this market crossroads.

To continue reading about the 3/1:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/aug/28/marines-expand-their-influence-southern-afghanista/

Taliban suicide attacker kills, injures Afghan civilians

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.28.2010

KABUL - One Afghan civilian was killed and seven others were wounded when an insurgent wearing a suicide vest detonated himself in a local store in the Bermal District of Paktika province today.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55313/taliban-suicide-attacker-kills-injures-afghan-civilians

Assessment team finds terrorist link to ANP shooter in Badghis

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.28.2010

KABUL - A joint incident assessment team returned to Kabul today following a trip to Badghis province where two Spanish military instructors, a Spanish interpreter, and an Afghan National Police member were killed following a gun fight on Wednesday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55316/assessment-team-finds-terrorist-link-anp-shooter-badghis

Graft-Fighting Prosecutor Is Dismissed in Afghanistan

By DEXTER FILKINS and ALISSA J. RUBIN
Published: August 28, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan — One of the country’s most senior prosecutors said Saturday that President Hamid Karzai fired him this week after he repeatedly refused to block corruption investigations at the highest levels of Mr. Karzai’s government.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/world/asia/29afghan.html?_r=1&adxnnl;=1&partner;=rss&emc;=rss&adxnnlx;=1283018454-IvIQZq/AOwQbdYJekWYCTg

Band provides security for Leatherneck

1st Marine Division
Story by Cpl. Daniel Blatter
Date08.28.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The 1st Marine Division Band is known for performing hundreds of ceremonies each year. In 2007, they were awarded the "Col. George S. Howard Citation of Musical Excellence for Military Concert Bands,” however, here in Afghanistan, many of them can be found providing security for the thousands of service members and contractors deployed to Helmand province’s Camp Leatherneck in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

For more about the work the 1st Mar. Div. band members are doing at Camp Leatherneck:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55323/band-provides-security-leatherneck

Water the key to Afghanistan's future

Canada has pushed ahead with a rehabilitation project to re-establish the valley and other areas surrounding Kandahar city as Afghanistan's breadbasket.

By David Zucchino
Los Angeles Times
Originally published Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 6:15 AM

ARGHANDAB RIVER VALLEY, Afghanistan — When the Canadian government's international assistance agency looked into rebuilding a massive irrigation dam here in early 2007, the initial prospects weren't encouraging. The site appraisal team couldn't even get to the dam, 20 miles north of Kandahar in the Arghandab River Valley.

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http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2012744091_afghandam29.html?syndication=rss

Munitions cache discovered, destroyed

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.28.2010

KABUL - Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police, supported by members from the International Security Assistance Force, discovered a munitions cache in the Ghormach District of Faryab province, Thursday.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55309/munitions-cache-discovered-destroyed

Real, fake IEDs put Afghans at risk

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.28.2010

KABUL - Coalition forces found and removed an improvised explosive device that insurgents planted in the wall of a mosque in Arghandab District, Kandahar province, Monday.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55311/real-fake-ieds-put-afghans-risk

Marine follows heritage, strives for best

8/28/2010
By Cpl. Ned Johnson, Regimental Combat Team 2
SANGIN, Afghanistan

After serving in the Marine Corps Security Forces, one infantryman came to the line companies with something to teach the young Marines of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and their reception of his unique training methods are evident.

To continue reading about Sergeant Valerio of 3/7 Kilo:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/2ndmardiv/2ndmarreg/Pages/Marinefollowsheritage,strivesforbest.aspx

UPDATE: Capture of Taliban commander in Paktiya confirmed

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.28.2010

KABUL - International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of a Taliban commander in Paktiya province during an Afghan and coalition security force operation Wednesday.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55303/update-capture-taliban-commander-paktiya-confirmed

Several insurgents detained in Khost

ISAF Joint Command
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Date08.28.2010

KABUL - An Afghan and coalition security force detained several insurgents in Khost province Friday while in pursuit of a Haqqani Network facilitator of improvised explosive device material and weapons used in indirect fire attacks.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55302/several-insurgents-detained-khost

Taliban facilitator, insurgents captured in Logar

ISAF Joint Command
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Date08.28.2010

KABUL - Afghan and coalition security forces captured a Taliban attack coordinator and facilitator who moved improvised explosive devices and weapons into Kabul City.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55301/taliban-facilitator-insurgents-captured-logar

UPDATE ISAF, Afghan forces repel attack at two bases

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.28.2010

KABUL - Afghan National Security Forces and International Security Assistance Force soldiers repelled two attacks at bases in Khost province today.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55300/update-isaf-afghan-forces-repel-attack-two-bases

FACTBOX-Security developments in Afghanistan, Aug 28

28 Aug 2010 10:42:52 GMT
Source: Reuters

Aug 28 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Afghanistan at 1030 GMT on Saturday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67R00S.htm

NATO forces say Taliban base attacks repelled

28 Aug 2010 10:46:04 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Elyas Wahdat

KHOST, Afghanistan, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Foreign and Afghan troops repelled pre-dawn attacks on two bases in Afghanistan's east on Saturday, officials said, with the Taliban saying suicide bombers were among 30 of its fighters who launched the raids.

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http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67R00U.htm

Insurgents detained in Zabul by Afghan-led security force

ISAF Joint Command
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Date08.28.2010

KABUL – An Afghan and coalition security force continued their pursuit of a cross-district Taliban commander and facilitator in Zabul province Friday, detaining several suspected insurgents.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55290/insurgents-detained-zabul-afghan-led-security-force

Family, friends mourn Marine killed in Afghanistan

Wheaton 23-year-old called 'courageous,' 'determined,' 'shy'

August 28, 2010|By Jack McCarthy, Special to the Tribune

Before he was killed last week in Afghanistan, Kevin Oratowski was a shy, sometimes stubborn kid who ultimately found pride and purpose in the Marine Corps, his family and friends said Saturday.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero,Lance Cpl. Kevin E. Oratowski, of the 1st LAR:

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/08/family-friends-mourn-marine-killed-in-afghanistan.html

Precision air strike conducted after attack

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.28.2010

KABUL – Coalition forces conducted a precision air strike on a truck occupied by three Haqqani Network fighters after they attempted to attack Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khost province today.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55289/precision-air-strike-conducted-after-attack

Family, friends mourn Marine killed in Afghanistan

Wheaton 23-year-old called 'courageous,' 'determined,' 'shy'

By Jack McCarthy, Special to the Tribune
7:27 p.m. CDT, August 28, 2010

Before he was killed last week in Afghanistan, Kevin Oratowski was a shy, sometimes stubborn kid who ultimately found pride and purpose in the Marine Corps, his family and friends said Saturday.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero,Lance Cpl. Kevin E. Oratowski, of the 1st LAR:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-marine-funeral-0829-20100828,0,4007924.story

August 27, 2010

Corporals Course to be mandatory, digital

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms
Story by Lance Cpl. Andrew Thorburn
Date 08.27.2010

Starting in fiscal year 2012, Corporals Course will be mandatory for promotion to sergeant, according to All Marine Message 026/10.

To continue reading about this requirement for promotion to sergeant:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55266/corporals-course-mandatory-digital

Marines in Afghanistan prepared for a long haul

A year since the U.S. troop buildup began with battalions descending on the Helmand River Valley, optimism about a quick defeat of the Taliban has given way to more sober assessments.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
August 27, 2010|1:15 p.m.

Reporting from Forward Operating Base Dwyer, — If Marine Lance Cpl. Kevin Oratowski was intimidated about briefing three visiting generals as he headed out on another overnight patrol chasing the Taliban, he didn't show it.

To continue reading:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-afghanistan-helmand-20100828,0,231141.story

Update: Taliban 'attack NATO base' in eastern Afghanistan

Fri Aug 27

KABUL (AFP) – A NATO base in volatile eastern Afghanistan came under attack early Saturday from possible Taliban militants, police in the region said.

To read the entire article:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100828/wl_sthasia_afp/afghanistanunrestkhost_20100828030612;_ylt=ArUjKkXNDx9KaoxqmqARXUsBS5Z4

Scholarship to honor fallen O.C. Marine

By FRED SWEGLES
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Published: Aug. 27, 2010
Updated: 9:37 a.m.

A Marine lance corporal from San Clemente who was killed in action in Afghanistan a year ago will be remembered with a scholarship.

To continue reading about the scholarhsip established for Fallen Hero,Lance Corp. Donald J. Hogan , of the 1/5:

http://www.ocregister.com/news/scholarship-263978-marine-tournament.html

Mother of fallen Marine shares her grief with public

By Justin George and Emily Nipps, Times Staff Writers
In Print: Friday, August 27, 2010

TAMPA — Liza Natkin wants people to know about the boy in the pictures: her son at the Keys, in his senior portrait, holding a rifle, flexing his muscles in the mirror, playing electric guitar.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Nathaniel J. A. Schultz, of the 2/6:

http://www.tampabay.com/news/military/mother-of-fallen-marine-shares-her-grief-with-public/1117688

Marines Using Dogs To Sniff Out IEDs

POSTED: 5:42 pm PDT August 27, 2010

SAN DIEGO -- A group of Camp Pendleton Marines are going through specialized training to counter the threat of improvised explosive devices -- IEDs -- found on the battlefields of Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.10news.com/news/24791149/detail.html

Incident in Wardak results in death of contractors

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.27.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - A coalition patrol travelling on Highway 2 in the Maidan Shahr District of Wardak province Aug. 27 fired on a vehicle perceived to be a threat to the patrol.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55286/incident-wardak-results-death-contractors

Afghans demonstrate against Taliban in Ghazni

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.27.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Nearly 300 Afghans peacefully demonstrated against the Taliban Aug. 27 near the village of Rahimkhel in the Andar District of Ghazni province.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55287/afghans-demonstrate-against-taliban-ghazni

A Soldier’s promise fulfilled

Through a reporter named Michael Jordan, who was filming a documentary on 3rd ID, Olcott was able to secure two large green tough boxes full of supplies from the Matthew Freeman Foundation, named for U.S. Marine Capt. Mathew Freeman, of Richmond, Ga. Freeman was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. He also shared a passion to provide school supplies to the children of Afghanistan.

Combined Joint Task Force 101

Story by Spc. Albert Kelley
Date08.27.2010
Date Posted:08.27.2010 14:50
Location:NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – , AF

With tears forming in her eyes and voice shaking, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nicole Olcott stood before a crowd of homeless Afghan children, Aug. 14, prepared to fulfill a seven-month endeavor.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55268/soldiers-promise-fulfilled

Slashing suspect traveled with Marines for weeks

By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press Writer – August 26, 2010

WASHINGTON – The U.S. military says there was no sign the suspect in the slashing of a New York cab driver might not be able to cope with the experience of living with troops fighting in Afghanistan.

To read the entire article:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100827/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_embedded_journalists_2

Under attack, Obama holds cards on Afghan pullout date

by Shaun Tandon Shaun Tandon – Fri Aug 27, 12:06 pm ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Faced with mounting criticism over Afghanistan, US President Barack Obama is leaving a persistent -- and, some say, strategic -- ambiguity about a July 2011 goal to start withdrawing troops.

To continue reading:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100827/pl_afp/afghanistanunrestusmilitarypolitics_20100827160706

David Cameron Afghanistan 'attack' base is revealed

27 August 2010 Last updated at 11:16 ET

The Taliban have revealed the base from which they planned to shoot down the prime minister's helicopter during his first visit to Afghanistan in June.

To continue reading:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11114791

Denmark rejects NATO request for F-16s

AAP
August 27, 2010, 12:35 am

Denmark has turned down a NATO request to send F-16 fighters to Afghanistan as it believes it has done enough for the international military mission there, the foreign minister said Thursday.

To read more:

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/world/7832281/denmark-rejects-nato-request-for-f-16s/

Afghan Army completes mission to account for missing soldiers

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.27.2010

KABUL - The Afghan National Army repatriated eight of its soldiers today who were listed as missing from an earlier operation to rid the area of insurgents.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55259/afghan-army-completes-mission-account-missing-soldiers

One Marine’s Struggle To Return To The Battle Field.

By Julien Pearce
August 27, 2010

As President Obama prepares to address the nation next week about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the casualties continue to mount.

For more on Sgt. St-Cyr's recovery and goals:

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2010/aug/27/one-marines-struggle-return-battle-field/

Colonel Kicked Out of Afghanistan for Anti-PowerPoint Rant

* By Spencer Ackerman
* August 27, 2010

Consider it a new version of death by PowerPoint. The NATO command in Afghanistan has fired a staff officer who publicly criticized its interminable briefings, its over-reliance on Microsoft’s slide-show program, and what he considered its crushing bureaucracy.

To read the entire article:

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/08/anti-powerpoint-rant-gets-colonel-kicked-out-of-afghanistan/

The Afghan war from behind enemy lines: Documentary follows Taliban as they attack U.S. soldiers

By James White
Last updated at 2:38 PM on 27th August 2010

A documentary made by a Norwegian journalist embedded with Taliban fighters has provided a rare glimpse of the other side of the Afghanistan conflict.

To continue reading:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1306699/Afghan-war-eyes-Taliban.html?ITO=1490

Afghan security forces plan for election

Combined Joint Task Force 101
Story by 1st Lt. Holly Hess
Date08.27.2010

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Representatives from the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police and National Directorate of Security held a meeting in coordination with the International Election Commission to discuss election security with Panjshiri parliamentary candidates, Aug. 22.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55255/afghan-security-forces-plan-election

FOB Ghazni supports tri-governor’s conference in Ghazni City

Combined Joint Task Force 101
Story by 1st Lt. Katherine Roling
Date08.27.2010

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Governors from Wardak and Paktika provinces, including the deputy governor from Logar province, met Aug. 26, with Ghazni’s provincial governor, Musa Khan, at the governor’s compound in Ghazni City.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55254/fob-ghazni-supports-tri-governors-conference-ghazni-city

UPDATE Capture of Haqqani senior commander in Khost confirmed

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.27.2010

KABUL - The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of a senior Haqqani Network commander during an Afghan and coalition security force operation Wednesday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55251/update-capture-haqqani-senior-commander-khost-confirmed

Joint ANSF, ISAF operation concludes with security gains

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.27.2010

KABUL - Afghan National Security Forces, partnering with International Security Assistance Forces, concluded their combined security sweep of the Uzbeen valley area Wednesday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55252/joint-ansf-isaf-operation-concludes-with-security-gains

Haqqani facilitator captured in Khost

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.27.2010

KABUL - Afghan and coalition security forces captured a Haqqani network facilitator and two additional insurgents during their continued pursuit of Haqqani Network leadership in Khost province Thursday.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55250/haqqani-facilitator-captured-khost

Afghan and coalition force detains suspected insurgents in Kunduz

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.27.2010

KABUL - Afghan and coalition security forces detained several suspected insurgents in Kunduz province Thursday while in pursuit of an al-Qaida-affiliated extremist.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55249/afghan-and-coalition-force-detains-suspected-insurgents-kunduz

Security force detains insurgents in Paktiya

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.27.2010

KABUL - Afghan and coalition security forces continued their pursuit of a Taliban sub-commander responsible for leading attacks against Afghan civilians, Afghan and coalition forces in Paktiya province Thursday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55248/security-force-detains-insurgents-paktiya

Taliban IED facilitator targeted in Afghan, coalition operation

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.27.2010

KABUL - Afghan and coalition security forces detained one insurgent in Paktika province Thursday while in pursuit of a Taliban facilitator involved in the manufacture of improvised explosive devices.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55247/taliban-ied-facilitator-targeted-afghan-coalition-operation

U.S., French troops in 'very successful' security sweep

By the CNN Wire Staff
August 27, 2010 7:24 a.m. EDT

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Afghan, French and U.S. troops have completed a security sweep in eastern Afghanistan, a five-day push that led to the deaths of about 40 Taliban fighters, military officials said Friday

To read the entire article:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/08/27/afghanistan.violence/index.html?section=cnn_latest

Amid Drawdown, Lessons to Be Learned from Iraq

Despite Inherent Differences, U.S. Can Apply Lessons Learned in Iraq to Afghanistan

BAGHDAD, Aug. 27, 2010

(AP) They are different wars in different regions, with different challenges. But as the war in Iraq winds down, there is a lot the U.S. military can learn and apply to Afghanistan, from how to deal with contractors to when to draw down troops.

To continue reading:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/08/27/ap/middleeast/main6809908.shtml?tag=mncol;lst;2

Homemade Bombs Kill 3 US Troops In Afghanistan

3 US Troops Killed In Afghanistan, While Market Bombing Kills 3 Police, 2 Civilians

Aug. 27, 2010
AP) KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Homemade bombs killed three U.S. troops in southern and eastern Afghanistan on Friday, and a roadside blast tore through a crowded market in the increasingly volatile north, killing three police and two civilians.

To continue reading:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/08/27/ap/asia/main6809780.shtml

Homecoming Marines and sailors touch down in Miramar

Aerial refueling units apparently suffered no casualties during tour

By TOM PFINGSTEN - For the North County Times North County Times - Californian
Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 9:25 pm

The 260 Marines and sailors who returned to Miramar Marine Corps Air Station on Friday were greeted by a cheering, smiling crowd of wives, children and parents, a joyful end to a seven-month tour in Afghanistan's volatile Helmand province.

To continue reading about homecoming for 260 Marines in the 3rd MAW::

http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/military/0d54eaa2-061a-5c4f-965c-d59d3496146e.html

Number of voluntary returns to Afghanistan this year tops 100,000

27 Aug 2010 12:49:12 GMT
Source: UNHCR

Reuters and AlertNet are not responsible for the content of this article or for any external internet sites. The views expressed are the author's alone.

KABUL, Afghanistan, August 27 (UNHCR) – The number of people returning voluntarily to Afghanistan from Pakistan and Iran so far this year has exceeded 100,000, almost twice as many as last year. Some 95,000 of these are from Pakistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/UNHCR/c7b7eb5fcc9c5260dca2282affddd2d9.htm

August 26, 2010

Insurgents struck during operation in Kunar; civilian casualty allegations

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.26.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - A coalition force combat outpost came under insurgent fire Aug. 26 in the Darah-ye Pech District of Kunar province. The coalition force responded with mortar fire and called for air support.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55230/insurgents-struck-during-operation-kunar-civilian-casualty-allegations

My other car is an ox cart

Teaching young Afghan soldiers to drive is a key challenge facing U.S. Marines. More than half of Afghan army injuries result from vehicular accidents.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
August 26, 2010|2:08 p.m.

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan — Afghan Sgt. Maj. Barakatullah Kolistani, who trains army recruits, is confident his fledgling soldiers are learning the discipline, strategic skills and marksmanship needed to defeat the Taliban.

To continue reading:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-afghanistan-drivers-20100826,0,5460254.story

Wounded Cadet Meets Graduation Requirements

LEXINGTON, Va., Aug. 26, 2010 – A Virginia Military Institute cadet wounded last month by an improvised explosive device while on active duty with the Marine Corps in Afghanistan is a cadet no more.

To read the entire article:

http://www.vmi.edu/show.aspx?tid=4294970021&id;=4294971571

U.S. concerned over Afghan voter turnout, violence

By Sue Pleming and Phil Stewart
WASHINGTON | Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:43pm EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States expects the Taliban to increase attacks in next month's parliamentary elections, including in Afghanistan's north where insurgents have made inroads, a senior U.S. defense official said on Thursday.

To continue reading about U.S. concerns:

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67P4VJ20100826

Afghan Commandos, US forces destroy weapons cache in Badakhshan

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.26.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan-led force discovered a large weapons cache in a remote village in Badakhshan province Aug. 25.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55224/afghan-commandos-us-forces-destroy-weapons-cache-badakhshan

Afghan Commandos, US forces destroy weapons cache in Badakhshan

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.26.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan-led force discovered a large weapons cache in a remote village in Badakhshan province Aug. 25.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55224/afghan-commandos-us-forces-destroy-weapons-cache-badakhshan

WikiLeaks posts 'classified' CIA document

From correspondents in Washington
From: AFP August 26, 2010 4:48AM

WIKILEAKS today released a CIA memo analysing the risks of terrorists operating from the United States, but the document offered no dramatic revelations of government secrets like the website's earlier leaks.

To continue reading:

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/wikileaks-posts-classified-cia-document/story-e6freonf-1225910176416?from=public_rss

Afghan Army, Marines Disrupt Enemy Supply Routes

8/26/10 | Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs
Story by Sgt. Mark Fayloga

KHANAGAWR, Afghanistan — Marines and sailors from Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, partnered with the Afghan National Army to complete Operation Big Wave, a two-part operation in Khanagawr and Southern Lashkar Gah taking place from Aug. 15-20.

For more on the 3/3 and Operation Big Wave:

http://www.isaf.nato.int/article/isaf-releases/marines-afghan-army-disrupt-enemy-supply-routes-during-operation-big-wave.html

Oval Office address by Obama to mark 'important milepost', shift from Iraq to Afghanistan

By MARK S. SMITH , Associated Press
Last update: August 26, 2010 - 3:43 PM

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. - With his Oval Office speech Tuesday night, President Barack Obama will signal a shift in America's focus from the Iraq War to the war in Afghanistan, his spokesman said Thursday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.startribune.com/nation/101580773.html

Toyota's Corolla is the people's car in Afghanistan

By David Nakamura
Thursday, August 26, 2010; 2:13 PM

KABUL - Afghanistan, graveyard of empires - and Toyota Corollas.

To continue reading:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/26/AR2010082604637.html?wprss=rss_world/asia

Top U.S. Commando Says War Demands Compromising Hunt for Deadliest Weapons

By Tony Capaccio - Aug 26, 2010 1:06 PM PT

The commitment of elite commandos to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has compromised their hunt worldwide for weapons of mass destruction, according to the head of U.S. special forces.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-26/top-u-s-commando-says-war-demands-compromising-hunt-for-deadliest-weapons.html

US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,145

By The Associated Press
August 26, 2010

As of Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, at least 1,145 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

To continue reading:

http://www.boston.com/news/local/connecticut/articles/2010/08/26/us_military_deaths_in_afghanistan_at_1145/

Afghan civilian killed by suspected insurgents in Oruzgan

Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan Media Operations Center
Courtesy Story
Date08.25.2010
Date Posted:08.26.2010 14:02

ORUZGAN, Afghanistan – An Afghan civilian, employed at a local coalition force base, was killed in Deh Rawod district, Oruzgan province, Aug. 25.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55208/afghan-civilian-killed-suspected-insurgents-oruzgan

Mechanics maintain mission capabilities

1st Marine Division
Story by Cpl. Eugenio Montanez
Date08.26.2010

COMBAT OUTPOST PAYNE, Afghanistan – To accomplish any mission, light armored reconnaissance Marines need vehicles prepared for the task at hand. The Motor Transport Maintenance section makes sure the vehicles are ready to travel Afghanistan’s rugged terrain.

To continue reading about the Motor Transport Maintenance section of the 1st LAR:
http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55202/mechanics-maintain-mission-capabilities

Course Brings Standardized Instruction to Afghan Army

NATO Training Mission Afghanistan
Story by Chief Petty Officer Brian Brannon
Date08.26.2010
Location:KABUL, AF

A new cadre graduated Aug. 25 from an innovative course at Kabul Military Training Center designed to ensure consistent, sustainable training for the Afghan National Army.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55220/course-brings-standardized-instruction-afghan-army

Troops prohibited from visiting WikiLeaks website to view leaked classified material

8/26/2010
By Gunnery Sgt. Bill Lisbon, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. — Department of the Navy personnel are directed not to access the WikiLeaks website, which recently made headlines for posting classified military reports, because even viewing the information would be considered the willful commission of a security violation.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/mcasyuma/Pages/20100826wikileaks.aspx

Afghan Female Candidate’s Campaign Workers Abducted

By ALISSA J. RUBIN
Published: August 26, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan — Ten campaign workers for a female parliamentary candidate in western Afghanistan were abducted by gunmen Thursday and the Taliban claimed responsibility for two deadly attacks, one that killed eight Afghan police officers and another that killed two Spanish police trainers and a Spanish-Afghan translator a day earlier.

To continue reading:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/27/world/asia/27afghan.html?_r=1

Fears Taliban expanding in Afghan north, west

By Robert H. Reid, Associated Press Writer – August 26, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Eight Afghan police gunned down at a checkpoint. Campaign workers kidnapped. Spanish trainers shot dead on their base.

To read more:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100826/ap_on_re_as/as_afghanistan_443

Afghan leader criticizes US withdrawal timeline

Posted: Aug 25, 2010 11:07 PM PDT
Updated: Aug 26, 2010 7:08 AM PDT
By AMIR SHAH
Associated Press Writer

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - President Hamid Karzai said that U.S. plans to start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan next year had boosted the Taliban's spirits, while an insurgent attack killed eight Afghan police in the country's increasingly volatile north Thursday.

To continue reading:

http://www.wbtv.com/global/story.asp?s=13046892

Moment of silence, memorial service planned to remember fallen Marine

By Ashok Selvam | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 8/26/2010

A moment of silence is planned Friday to remember fallen Marine C.J. Boyd during Palatine High School's away football game versus Lake Forest High School.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero,Cpl. Christopher J. Boyd, of the 2/4:

http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=403695&src;=83

Spaniards rethink Afghanistan after fatal shooting

The shooting death of three Spaniards at a military base in Afghanistan has prompted renewed calls for the government to declare the war on the Taliban a failure and join other coalition countries in withdrawing.

By DANIEL WOOLLS
Associated Press Writer
Originally published Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 5:32 AM

MADRID —
The shooting death of three Spaniards at a military base in Afghanistan has prompted renewed calls for the government to declare the war on the Taliban a failure and join other coalition countries in withdrawing.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2012726155_apeuspainafghanistan.html?syndication=rss

WikiLeaks builds a legal shield in Sweden

By Mia Shanley – August 26, 2010

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Two young Swedes hammer away at computers in a space that is part garage, part college dorm, littered with cables, Coke cans and an empty bottle of ketchup.

To read the entire article:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100826/tc_nm/us_sweden_wikileaks_4

Waza Kwah teachers receive back wages

Combined Joint Task Force 101
Story by 1st Lt. R.j. Peek
Date08.26.2010

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – When theft and corruption involving more than $1.1 million surfaced last year in Paktika province, it brought educators’ pay to a grinding halt and nearly caused a massive walkout by the teachers of the Waza Kwah School District.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55189/waza-kwah-teachers-receive-back-wages

Combat hunter course teaches proactive basics

III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs
Story by Lance Cpl. Abigail WhartonSmall RSS Icon
Date08.27.2010
Date Posted:08.26.2010 01:09
Location:47, JP

The 10-day course is broken into three major building blocks designed to increase situational awareness, said Gunnery Sgt. Richard Gonzalez, staff non-comissioned officer in charge, Mobilization Training Battalion, School of Infantry West, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

To continue reading about this training (with photos) for the HQ Bn, 3rd Mar Div:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55174/combat-hunter-course-teaches-proactive-basics

American Support Boosts Troop Morale, Mullen Says

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Story by Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
Date08.26.2010

CHICAGO - At last night's Major League Baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles here, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff couldn't help but notice the difference between the nation's support for today's service members and veterans and the reception returning servicemembers received when they came home from Vietnam early in his military career.

To continue reading Navy Adm. Mike Mullen's remarks:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55195/american-support-boosts-troop-morale-mullen-says

GIRoA, ISAF assessing shooting incident

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.26.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - A joint team of Afghan and International Security Assistance Force officials departed Kabul today to perform an initial assessment of the shooting incident in western Afghanistan Wednesday, Aug. 25.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55192/giroa-isaf-assessing-shooting-incident

Afghanistan drills oil for first time in north

By Sayed Salahuddin Sayed Salahuddin – August 26, 2010

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan, believed to be sitting on top of billions of dollars worth of minerals and energy sources, has extracted oil for the first time and plans to pump a modest 800 barrels a day, officials said on Thursday.

To continue reading:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100826/ts_nm/us_afghanistan_oil

Unmanned aerial system recovered in Wardak

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.26.2010

KABUL - International Security Assistance Forces recovered an unmanned aerial system after it crashed in Wardak province today.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55191/unmanned-aerial-system-recovered-wardak

Taliban wage threats against aid workers in Pakistan as flood damage spreads across country

BY Sean Alfano
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Thursday, August 26th 2010, 7:52 AM

The Pakistani Taliban has issued a new round of threats against any foreigners in the country who provide aid for flood victims.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/08/26/2010-08-26_taliban_wage_threats_against_aid_workers_in_pakistan_as_flood_damage_spreads_acr.html

Taliban kill eight police in Afghan north: governor

By Mohammad Hamed
Thu Aug 26, 2:00 am ET

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Taliban rebels killed eight Afghan police officers on Thursday in northern Kunduz, an official said, stepping up strikes in what was once a relatively secure part of Afghanistan.

To read the entire article:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100826/wl_nm/us_afghanistan_violence_2

FACTBOX-Security developments in Afghanistan, Aug 26

26 Aug 2010 08:14:55 GMT
Source: Reuters

Aug 26 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Afghanistan at 0800 GMT on Thursday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67P0CK.htm

Unmanned aerial system recovered in Kandahar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.26.2010

KABUL - International Security Assistance Force members recovered an unmanned aerial system after it crashed in Kandahar province today.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55186/unmanned-aerial-system-recovered-kandahar

Afghan, coalition force foils suicide bomber attack in Khost

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.26.2010

KABUL- Afghan and coalition security forces continued their pursuit of Haqqani Network leadership Wednesday - detaining several insurgents in Khost province while in pursuit of a senior Haqqani Network commander.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55182/afghan-coalition-force-foils-suicide-bomber-attack-khost

Forces roll-up Taliban, Haqqani, Islamic fundamentalists

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.26.2010

KABUL- Afghan and coalition security forces captured two Haqqani Network and several Taliban leaders during 35 separate operations this week.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55181/forces-roll-up-taliban-haqqani-islamic-fundamentalists

August 25, 2010

Marines training Afghans to take over

By Gretel C. Kovach, UNION-TRIBUNE
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 7:19 p.m.

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — The lesson of the day for the Afghan police recruits was a cordial “cordon and knock.” Sometimes a more aggressive approach is required. But often it is better to rap politely at the door and ask for information, instead of breaking it down, their U.S Marine Corps instructor explained.

To read the entire article:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/aug/25/marines-training-afghans-take-their-place/

Pakistan floods slow supply shipments to U.S. troops in Afghanistan

12:00 AM CDT on Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The New York Times, The Associated Press

SUKKUR, Pakistan – Floods that have inundated sections of Pakistan and cut off roads and railways have also disrupted the main supply lines for U.S. and NATO military forces in Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/world/stories/DN-pakistan_25int.ART.State.Edition1.35cdd28.html

Marines sharply increase mental health care for troops, fight military's highest suicide rate

August 25, 2010
Julie Watson,Kevin Maurer, The Associated Press
The Canadian Press, 2010

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - They have been in harm's way for years in two countries, in a branch of the military where toughness and self-reliance have been especially prized for generations. Now the Marines are struggling against an enemy that has entrenched itself over nearly a decade of war: mental illness

To read the entire article:

http://news.therecord.com/article/767931

Insurgents repelled in Helmand

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.26.2010
Date Posted:08.25.2010 19:26

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan National Police and coalition forces repelled insurgent attacks at several locations in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand province Aug. 26.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55165/insurgents-repelled-helmand

Official: U.S. may refocus counter-terrorism fight on Yemen

By the CNN Wire Staff
August 25, 2010 1:32 p.m. EDT

Washington (CNN) -- In what would mark a major shift in counter-terrorism strategy, the Obama administration is considering adding military assets to the fight against al Qaeda in Yemen, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/08/25/yemen.al.qaeda/index.html?section=cnn_latest

India and Afghanistan vow to fight terrorism together

Wed Aug 25, 1:28 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India and Afghanistan on Wednesday wound up two days of talks during a visit to New Delhi by Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul, saying they would work together to combat terrorism in the region.

To continue reading:

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/100825/world/india_afghanistan_diplomacy

Marine from Falls Church killed by bomb in Afghanistan

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Marine Corps Sgt. Ronald A. Rodriguez, 26, who grew up in Northern Virginia, was overseas for the third time when he was killed Monday in Afghanistan.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Sgt. Ronald A. Rodriguez, of the 1/11:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/24/AR2010082406776.html

Transcript: Gen. David Petraeus Interviewed by Fox News' Jennifer Griffin

Published August 25, 2010

JENNIFER GRIFFIN, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT: General, why should the American people give you more time here? It's been nine years. The casualties are rising. Every six months or so we hear that the White House and the Pentagon have a new strategy and that this time it's the right strategy for Afghanistan.

To continue reading the interview with General Petraeus:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/08/25/transcript-gen-david-petraeus-interviewed-fox-news-jennifer-griffin/

2008 Attack on Military Computers Is Confirmed

By BRIAN KNOWLTON
Published: August 25, 2010

WASHINGTON — A top Pentagon official has confirmed a previously classified incident that he describes as “the most significant breach of U.S. military computers ever,” a 2008 episode in which a foreign intelligence agent used a flash drive to infect computers, including those used by the Central Command in overseeing combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

To read the entire article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/26/technology/26cyber.html?_r=1

Insurgent IED claims 3 civilian lives in Kandahar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.25.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Three Afghan civilians were killed in an improvised explosive device blast in southern Afghanistan, Aug. 25.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55147/insurgent-ied-claims-3-civilian-lives-kandahar

Petraeus: Reconciliation With Taliban is Ultimate Goal for Afghanistan's Future

Published August 25, 2010
FoxNews.com

Reconciliation with the Taliban will ultimately be a goal for Afghanistan once U.S. and Afghan forces create conditions to allow it, Gen. David Petraeus said Wednesday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/08/25/petraeus-reconciliation-taliban-ultimate-goal-afghanistans-future/

Rape case against WikiLeaks founder dismissed

By MALIN RISING, Associated Press Writer – August 25,2010

STOCKHOLM – A Swedish prosecutor said Wednesday she will continue investigating an accusation of molestation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange but formally dismissed another case that was initially labeled a suspected rape.

To continue reading:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100825/ap_on_re_eu/eu_sweden_wikileaks_2

Big Bear Valley Marine awarded Purple Heart

By JUDI BOWERS
Reporter
Published: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 7:10 AM PDT

Cynthia Douglass-Moreno couldn’t stop the tears. She tried to talk around them, but they kept flowing. She’s a proud mother.

To continue reading:

http://www.bigbeargrizzly.net/articles/2010/08/25/news/doc4c74658dd4fd4826004190.txt

Marines, sailors depart for KITP

III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs
Story by Lance Cpl. Justin WheelerSmall RSS Icon
Date08.27.2010
Date Posted:08.25.2010 23:39

CAMP FOSTER, Japan - Approximately 400 Marines and sailors from Combat Logistics Regiment 3 and Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, as well as augments from across the 3rd MLG, departed for South Korea this week for an exercise as part of the Korean Incremental Training Program.

For more about this exercise with the Korean Marine Corps for the CLR-3 and CLB-4 of the 3rd MLG:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55168/marines-sailors-depart-kitp

'Let’s go, we’re gonna blow an IED'

By Cali Bagby and Dan Morrison
Story Published: Aug 25, 2010 at 6:00 AM PDT

COMBAT OUTPOST TURBETT, Afghanistan - “Let’s go, we’re gonna blow an IED,” said Staff Sargeant Michael Sickles, Fox Company's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician.

To continue reading:

http://www.kval.com/news/local/101421249.html

Scanners help U.S. troops ID insurgents in Afghanistan

August 25, 2010
By Carmen Gentile, Special for USA TODAY

SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan — The bombmaking material was discovered in a neatly wrapped package under a pile of bricks, just as the intelligence report said it would be.
After carefully removing the contents — a couple of mortar rounds, a grenade and a small amount of gun powder — Army Spc. Joshua Dowling gets to work examining what has all the makings of an improvised explosive device.

To read the entire article:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/afghanistan/2010-08-25-afghanistandna25_ST_N.htm

Key Karzai Aide in Corruption Inquiry Is Linked to C.I.A.

By DEXTER FILKINS and MARK MAZZETTI
Published: August 25, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan — The aide to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan at the center of a politically sensitive corruption investigation is being paid by the Central Intelligence Agency, according to Afghan and American officials.

To continue reading:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/26/world/asia/26kabul.html?_r=1&src;=me&ref;=world

Afghan girls fall ill after apparent gas poisoning

25 Aug 2010 10:04:44 GMT
Source: Reuters

KABUL, Aug 25 (Reuters) - About 40 schoolgirls became ill and were taken to hospital after a suspected gas poisoning in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, another apparent attack by hardline Islamists opposed to female education.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67O0EQ.htm

Rogue Afghan policeman kills three Spaniards

25 Aug 2010 09:15:17 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Sharafuddin Sharafyar

HERAT, Afghanistan, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Two Spanish police and an interpreter were killed when an Afghan policeman they were training turned on them before he was shot dead, officials said, as protests against the killing turned violent on Wednesday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67O0CY.htm

AUP, USSF increase security in Paktiya province

Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan Media Operations Center
Story by Sgt. Katryn McCalment
Date08.23.2010
Date Posted:08.25.2010 03:29

PAKTIYA, Afghanistan – Afghan Uniformed Police, assisted by U.S. Special Forces, discovered and reduced three improvised explosive devices in the vicinity of Lwarre village, Paktiya province Aug. 23.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55130/aup-ussf-increase-security-paktiya-province

Afghan Commandos disrupt insurgent activity in Tarin Kowt

Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan Media Operations Center
Courtesy Story
Date08.23.2010
Date Posted:08.25.2010 03:15
By Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan Public Affairs

ORUZGAN, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army Commandos partnered with Coalition forces conducted a security patrol to disrupt a known insurgent safe haven in Tarin Kowt, Oruzgan province Aug. 23.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55128/afghan-commandos-disrupt-insurgent-activity-tarin-kowt

ISAF and ANSF Gain Strength, Quash Taliban Momentum

International Security Assistance Force HQ Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date08.25.2010

KABUL – Intelligence reports indicate some pockets of low insurgent morale, with some insurgent fighters reluctant to keep fighting and some refusing to assume district commands when commanders are captured or killed. The low morale among fighters and insurgent leaders can be linked to ANSF and ISAF successful security operations. Coalition and ANSF forces conducted more than 2,800 counter-terrorist operations over the past 90 days, killing or capturing more than 365 insurgent leaders and 2,386 fighters. These counter-insurgency successes have also led to a growing sense of distrust among insurgent fighters, their heightened fear of spies, and increased suspicion between rival tribes.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55126/isaf-and-ansf-gain-strength-quash-taliban-momentum

Combined force finds large weapons cache in Uruzgan

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.25.2010

KABUL – A combined Afghan National Police and International Security Assistance Force patrol discovered a large weapons cache in the Deh Rawud district of Uruzgan province yesterday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55123/combined-force-finds-large-weapons-cache-uruzgan

Squad leaders conquer IED threat on Route Conan

8/25/2010 By Cpl. Ned Johnson , Regimental Combat Team 2

SANGIN, Afghanistan —
In Afghanistan, the most common threat to Coalition forces is not an insurgent wielding a weapon, but a pressure-plate explosive buried just below the surface of a road, waiting on a passing military patrol to fulfill its purpose; kill as many as possible.

To continue reading about Kilo, 3/7:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/2ndmardiv/2ndmarreg/Pages/SquadleadersconquerIEDthreatonRouteConan.aspx

August 24, 2010

Marines Need To Regain 'Maritime Soul,' Gates Says

by Tom Bowman
August 24, 2010

For more than 200 years, the Marine Corps has prided itself on dramatic amphibious landings.

To continue reading:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129405011

Taliban may be misleading its forces on U.S. timetable, U.S. general says

By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 24, 2010; 8:43 PM

The commandant of the Marine Corps said Tuesday that Taliban leaders may be misleading their own forces into believing that they only have to keep fighting through the middle of next year, when U.S. troops are slated to begin pulling out of Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/24/AR2010082406246.html

Creve Coeur Marine died Monday in Afghanistan

By LESLIE WILLIAMS ([email protected])
Journal Star
Posted Aug 24, 2010 @ 06:51 PM

CREVE COEUR — The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero,Lance Cpl. Robert J. Newton, of the 3/7:

http://www.pjstar.com/news/x162771980/Creve-Coeur-Marine-died-Monday-in-Afghanistan

Stryker soldiers allegedly plotted to kill Afghan civilians

In one of the most serious war-crimes cases to emerge from the Afghanistan war, five soldiers from a Stryker infantry brigade based at Joint Base Lewis- McChord are now charged with murder for their alleged roles in the random killings of three Afghan civilians.

By Hal Bernton
Seattle Times staff reporter
Originally published August 24, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Last December, Army Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs began joking with other soldiers about how easy it would be to "toss a grenade" at Afghan civilians and kill them, according to statements made by fellow platoon members to military investigators.

To continue reading:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2012712859_civiliandeaths25m.html

Connecticut Sgt. Steven DeLuzio killed during tour of duty in Afghanistan

Posted in August 24th, 2010
by Claudette Rothman in Connecticut, Military, condolences

Connecticut’s Gov. M. Jodi Rell ordered flags around the state to be flown at half-staff to honor a Glastonbury man who was killed in Afghanistan over the weekend.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Sgt. Steven DeLuzio, of the Vermont National Guard:

http://theoriginalgreenwichdiva.com/connecticut-sgt-steven-deluzio-killed-during-tour-of-duty-in-afghanistan/11977/

WikiLeaks says it will release CIA paper on Wednesday

By the CNN Wire Staff
August 24, 2010 6:59 p.m. EDT

(CNN) -- WikiLeaks, a whistle-blower website, posted on the group's Twitter page on Tuesday: "WikiLeaks to release CIA paper tomorrow."

To continue reading:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/08/24/wikileaks.cia.release/index.html?section=cnn_latest

Virginia Marine killed in Afghanistan

WTKR-TV3
6:09 PM EDT, August 24, 2010

A Virginia Marine has been killed in Afghanistan.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Sgt. Ronald A. Rodriguez, of the 1/11:

http://www.wtkr.com/news/wtkr-marine-killed-afghanistan-aug24,0,841960.story

Local Marine dies Sunday in Afghanistan

BY BILL O'BRIEN, ALEX PIAZZA, and LINDSAY VANHULLE
Traverse City Record Eagle
August 24, 2010

TRAVERSE CITY — Jason Dean Calo was a bona fide leader who quarterbacked his football team to victory against area rivals.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Sgt. Jason D. Calo, of the 2/6:

http://record-eagle.com/local/x1047884327/Local-Marine-dies-Sunday-in-Afghanistan

Afghan poll a chance for change, or more of the same

24 Aug 2010 02:41:27 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Sayed Salahuddin

KABUL, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Imagine an election where candidates are unable to campaign in their own electorates, too scared even to hang their pictures outside campaign offices.

To read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE6710FH.htm

Military announces Marine death in Afghanistan

Military announces Marine death in Afghanistan

Posted: August 24, 2010
Associated Press

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Military officials say a North Carolina-based Marine has been killed in combat in Afghanistan.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Sgt. Jason D. Calo, of the 2/6:

http://www.wral.com/news/state/story/8182928/

26th MEU deploys to support Pakistan flood relief

8/24/2010 By Lance Cpl. Santiago G. Colon Jr, 26th MEU

Marines and sailors with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will depart from here beginning Thursday afternoon to board the ships of Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group in Norfolk. The Marines will continue to board personnel and equipment throughout the weekend.

To continue reading about the 26th MEU's mission:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/26thmeu/Pages/26thMEUdeploys.aspx

Afghan Taliban say Petraeus's progress "baffling"

Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:58am EDT

KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday rejected comments by the commander of NATO and U.S. forces that their progress had been reversed, saying attacks were increasing around the capital as well as in their heartland in the south.

To continue reading:

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSSGE67N0HE

Obama's Afghan withdrawal date bolsters enemy-Marines

24 Aug 2010 15:14:23 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Phil Stewart and Sue Pleming

WASHINGTON, Aug 24 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's July 2011 date to start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan has given a morale boost to Taliban insurgents, who believe they can wait out NATO forces, the top U.S. Marine said on Tuesday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N24257920.htm

CIA man has key role with Karzai

August 24, 2010 - 11:14PM
AFP

The Central Intelligence Agency's station chief in Afghanistan has assumed a key troubleshooting role in dealings with President Hamid Karzai, including tasks normally reserved for diplomatic and military officials, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

To read the entire article:

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/cia-man-has-key-role-with-karzai-20100824-13qk5.html

Marine commandant predicts that Marines will be in Afghanistan for 'a few years' to come

By ANNE FLAHERTY , Associated Press
Last update: August 24, 2010 - 9:19 AM

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Conway says it will probably be a "few years" before Afghanistan will be secure enough for the Marines to leave.

For more on General Conway's thoughts:

http://www.startribune.com/nation/101378914.html

Q+A: How does Afghanistan's parliamentary election work?

KABUL | Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:57am EDT

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghans vote in parliamentary elections on September 18 for 249 seats in the country's Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of parliament.

To continue reading:

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67N10S20100824

With U.S. Approval, Moscow Heads Back to Afghanistan

By Jason Motlagh Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev played host last week to Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the leaders of Pakistan and Tajikistan at the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The group's second meeting in a year was a low-key affair, but the subtext was significant. Mounting Russian concerns that Islamist militancy and cheap drugs emanating from Afghanistan are a threat to its national security have made Moscow refocus on the region even as the U.S. and its NATO allies maneuver to draw down. Two decades after the Soviet army left Afghanistan in humiliating defeat, Russia is poised to spend billions in the war-wracked country to develop infrastructure, mineral and energy reserves, with new plans taking shape to boost military capability. This time around, it has America's blessing.

To read the entire article:

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2012440,00.html?xid=rss-world

US Treasury targets al Qaeda finance official

24 Aug 2010 19:21:25 GMT
Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON, Aug 24 (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department, seeking to cut into the finances of al Qaeda, said on Tuesday it was freezing the assets of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law Muhammad Abdallah Hasan Abu-al-Khayr, who it called a key leader of the group's finance section.

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N24266289.htmPlease go to the following link to read the entire article:

From here to Moorpark: Ex-Marine drills Hollywood in weapons & tactics

Richard Verrier
August 24, 2010

Actress Shannon Lucio has just overpowered two rogue cops using everything from a pants belt to a shard of glass. She applied the “one-mind-many-weapons” technique taught to her by former Marine sergeant Jon Barton, who was watching the action unfold as the cameras rolled inside a former shoe warehouse in North Hollywood late Sunday night.

For more about former Marine, Sgt. Barton:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2010/08/exmarine-targets-hollywood-for-business.html

NATO-led forces say kill 35 Afghan Taliban this week

24 Aug 2010 11:22:17 GMT
Source: Reuters

KABUL, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Afghan and NATO-led troops have killed some 35 Taliban insurgents in offensives in east Afghanistan this week as part of efforts to secure next month's parliamentary elections, coalition forces said on Tuesday.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67N0F0.htm

Insurgents kill one Afghan Security Group member and wound another

Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan Media Operations Center
Courtesy Story
Date08.21.2010
Date Posted:08.24.2010 07:27
By Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan Public Affairs

ORUZGAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – One Afghan Security Group member was killed and another wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated near a check point in the Oruzgan province Aug. 21.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55090/insurgents-kill-one-afghan-security-group-member-and-wound-another

Afghan National Police apprehend 15-year-old insurgent with suicide bomber vest

Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan Media Operations Center
Courtesy Story
Date08.20.2010
Date Posted:08.24.2010 07:10
By Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan Public Affairs

ORUZGAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghanistan National Police while on patrol in Oruzgan apprehended one insurgent and recovered three suicide bomber vests Aug. 20.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55089/afghan-national-police-apprehend-15-year-old-insurgent-with-suicide-bomber-vest

IED blast wounds 7 civilians in eastern Afghanistan

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.24.2010

KABUL - An improvised explosion device in the Zarghun Shar district of Paktika province wounded seven civilians Monday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55084/ied-blast-wounds-7-civilians-eastern-afghanistan

Joint ANSF, ISAF operation off to successful start

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.24.2010

KABUL - Afghan National Security Forces, partnering with International Security Assistance Forces, continued to conduct offensive maneuvers today aimed at setting security conditions for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55082/joint-ansf-isaf-operation-off-successful-start

UPDATE Capture of Taliban facilitator in Helmand confirmed

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.24.2010

KABUL - The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of a Taliban facilitator for weapons, money, equipment and improvised explosive device materials, during an Afghan and coalition security force operation Friday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55078/update-capture-taliban-facilitator-helmand-confirmed

UPDATE Taliban IED commander for Arghandab district captured

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 08.24.2010

KABUL - The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of an improvised explosive device commander in Arghandab district during an Afghan and coalition security force operation Sunday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55077/update-taliban-ied-commander-arghandab-district-captured

Haqqani Network facilitator detained in Khost

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.24.2010

KABUL - An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents in Khost province Monday, including a Haqqani Network facilitator directly responsible for the movement of weapons and money from Pakistan into Sabari district.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55076/haqqani-network-facilitator-detained-khost

August 23, 2010

Marines marry at baseball game

by Jeff Mason
KMOV.com
Posted on August 22, 2010 at 7:54 PM
Updated Monday, Aug 23 at 1:13 PM

(KMOV) -- A St. Charles marine almost had his wedding plans ruined when his deployment date was moved up.

To continue reading about the wedding:

http://www.kmov.com/news/local/Marines-marry-at-baseball-game-101270789.html

Four Marines awarded Purple Heart for their sacrifice

8/23/2010
By Lance Cpl. Michelle S. Mattei,
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. —
Four Marines were added to the Purple Heart’s list of heroes injured during battles in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For more about the stories of each of these brave Marines:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/basecamppendleton/Pages/News/2010/FourMarinesawardedPurpleHeartforstrongfight.aspx

Reports about captured Idaho soldier not true

by Nishi Gupta
KTVB.COM
Posted on August 23, 2010 at 4:53 PM

BOISE -- U.S. military officials say recent reports about captured Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl are not true.

To continue reading:

http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/Reports-about-captured-Idaho-soldier-not-true-101339234.html

Operations in Afghanistan Result in Insurgents Killed, Captured

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date08.23.2010

WASHINGTON - Numerous insurgents were killed or captured in recent operations in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55059/operations-afghanistan-result-insurgents-killed-captured

Coalition patrol disperses crowd in Parwan

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.23.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - The arrest of a villager by Afghan authorities reportedly sparked a large demonstration in the Bagram district of Parwan province, Aug. 23.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55045/coalition-patrol-disperses-crowd-parwan

Military announces Marine death in Afghanistan

Posted on Monday, 08.23.10
The Associated Press

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Military officials say a North Carolina-based Marine has been killed in combat in Afghanistan.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Nathaniel J. A. Schultz, of the 2/6:

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/08/23/1788485/military-announces-marine-death.html

Afghanistan security force more than a year away

By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer Anne Flaherty, Associated Press Writer – Mon Aug 23

WASHINGTON – A senior U.S. commander says Afghanistan is still more than a year away from building a security force with enough soldiers and police to protect the country.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100823/ap_on_go_ot/us_us_afghanistan_1;_ylt=AnHKsqowBJ3fkgIECUT.YHwBS5Z4

US drone strike kills five militants in Pakistan: officials

August 23, 2010

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (AFP) – A US drone strike on Monday killed five militants in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, security officials said.

To read the entire article:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100823/wl_sthasia_afp/pakistanunrestusmissile_20100823164928

FACTBOX-Military deaths in Afghanistan

23 Aug 2010 12:20:37 GMT
Source: Reuters
(Updates with 2 French soldiers killed)

Aug 23 (Reuters) - Two French soldiers and a British soldier have been killed in separate incidents in Afghanistan, the French and British governments said on Monday.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LDE67M0O3.htm

Petraeus: No sudden troops exodus from Afghanistan

By DAVID STRINGER, Associated Press Writer
Mon Aug 23, 5:19 am ET

LONDON – The top American commander in Afghanistan warned Monday there should be no sudden exodus of U.S. troops when the process of withdrawing forces begins next year.

To continue reading General Petraeus 's comments:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100823/ap_on_re_eu/eu_britain_petraeus_2

US looks to Iraq strategy for Afghanistan

by Karim Talbi Karim Talbi
Mon Aug 23, 6:20 am ET

KABUL (AFP) – With the withdrawal of the final American combat brigade from Iraq, US commanders in Afghanistan are hoping to emulate a strategy used there as they step up the war against insurgents.

To read the entire article:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100823/pl_afp/afghanistanunrestusiraq_20100823143248

Afghan security force training faces big hurdles

23 Aug 2010 21:20:23 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Sue Pleming

WASHINGTON, Aug 23 (Reuters) - High drop-out and illiteracy rates mean it will take until late October 2011 to build up Afghanistan's police and military so they can take the lead in more areas, a senior U.S. commander said on Monday.

To continue reading about the big hurdles faced:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N23217137.htm

Afghan capital removing its protective blast walls

Posted: Aug 23, 2010 5:27 AM PDT
By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN
Associated Press Writer

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Even as conflict rages in Afghanistan, authorities are trying to make life in the capital a little more normal by removing or repositioning Kabul's ubiquitous concrete blast walls.

To read the entire article:

http://www.cbs8.com/global/story.asp?s=13027393

Numerous insurgents killed and weapons recovered

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.23.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces conducted a combined operations in the Baghlan province Sunday resulting in 12 dead insurgents and weapons.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55022/numerous-insurgents-killed-and-weapons-recovered

UPDATE Taliban leaders capture in Paktika confirmed

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.23.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of two Taliban improvised explosive device facilitators.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55025/update-taliban-leaders-capture-paktika-confirmed

Afghan Commando’s elite force multiplies

Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan Media Operations Center
Story by Tech. Sgt. Gloria Wilson
Date08.23.2010

CAMP MOREHEAD, Afghanistan – Commandos—one can tell who they are by the distinctive patch and red beret they wear, but even when not in uniform there’s a way they carry themselves that sets them apart. They are professionals and are proud to be part of a force that’s respected by the people, and feared by the enemy.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55018/afghan-commandos-elite-force-multiplies

War documents link Taliban, al-Qaida

Published: Aug. 23, 2010 at 9:04 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida might play a larger part in the war in Afghanistan than previously believed, The Washington Post reported.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/08/23/War-documents-link-Taliban-al-Qaida/UPI-69691282568673/

Petraeus Says Taliban Momentum 'Reversed'

FoxNews.com
Published August 23, 2010

Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, said in an interview Monday that a surge in coalition troops has turned the tide on the Taliban's "momentum" there, but warned tough battles still lie ahead.

For more on the General's thoughts:

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/08/23/petraeus-declares-taliban-momentum-reversed/

Afghan and coalition security force targets Taliban commander in Logar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.23.2010

KABUL - An Afghan and coalition security force detained one suspected insurgent in Logar province last night while in pursuit of the Taliban deputy district commander for Pul-e 'Alam district.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55016/afghan-and-coalition-security-force-targets-taliban-commander-logar

Several detained in pursuit of Taliban IED facilitator, trainer in Kandahar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.23.2010

KABUL – Clearing operations continue as an Afghan and coalition security force detain several suspected insurgents in Kandahar province Sunday while in pursuit of a Taliban commander in charge of improvised explosive device attacks and training in Arghandab district.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55015/several-detained-pursuit-taliban-ied-facilitator-trainer-kandahar

Security force pursues Haqqani facilitator in Paktiya

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.23.2010

KABUL – An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents in Paktiya province Sunday while in pursuit of a Haqqani facilitator for foreign fighter and Haqqani camps located in Sperah district of neighboring Khost province.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55014/security-force-pursues-haqqani-facilitator-paktiya

Taliban commander targeted in precision air strike

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.23.2010

KABUL – Coalition forces conducted a precision air strike in Paktiya province Sunday, targeting a Taliban sub-commander.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55013/taliban-commander-targeted-precision-air-strike

Forces conduct precision air strike against Taliban insurgents

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.23.2010

KABUL – Coalition forces conducted a precision air strike in Nangarhar province Saturday, targeting a Taliban sub-commander in charge of approximately 10 fighters and facilitation of foreign fighters from Pakistan to Nangarhar.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/55012/forces-conduct-precision-air-strike-against-taliban-insurgents

August 22, 2010

Al-Qaida fighters taking a limited role in Afghan insurgency

By Craig Whitlock
Washington Post
Posted: 08/22/2010 06:35:34 PM PDT
Updated: 08/22/2010 06:35:35 PM PDT

On Aug. 14, a U.S. airstrike in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz killed a Taliban commander known as Abu Baqir. In a country where insurgents are killed daily, this attack was notable for one unusual detail:
Abu Baqir, the military said afterward, also was a member of al-Qaida.

To read the entire article:

http://www.mercurynews.com/rss/ci_15862165?source=rss&nclick;_check=1

Taliban claim captured U.S. solider has converted to Islam and is teaching its fighters bomb-making skills

By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 2:39 PM on 22nd August 2010

A captured American soldier is training Taliban fighters bomb-making and ambush skills, according to one of his captors and Afghan intelligence officials.

To read more:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1305184/Bowe-Bergdahl-Taliban-claim-captured-U-S-solider-teaching-fighters-bomb-making-skills.html

Taliban snipers who killed ten British soldiers die in air strike

By Christopher Leake
Last updated at 2:42 PM on 22nd August 2010

Four deadly foreign mercenary snipers hired by the Taliban have been killed after being tracked down by British Special Forces in Afghanistan.
They were among at least three pairs of crackshots recruited by the Taliban from Pakistan, Egypt and Chechnya.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1305099/Taliban-snipers-killed-British-soldiers-die-air-strike.html

Why Marines in Afghanistan want the Taliban to open fire

By Dan Morrison for KVAL.com
Story Published: Aug 22, 2010 at 1:00 PM MDT

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - 1st Platoon, off to our west, made contact with the Taliban before we did.

For more on the 2/6 in Afghanistan:

http://www.kidk.com/news/national/101201174.html

Air base expansion plans reflect long-term investment in Afghanistan

By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, August 22, 2010; 1:53 PM

Three $100 million air base expansions in southern and northern Afghanistan illustrate Pentagon plans to continue building multimillion-dollar facilities in that country to support increased American military operations well into the future.

To continue reading:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/22/AR2010082201670.html?wprss=rss_nation

Afghan pres: Women's rights will not be sacrificed

By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press Writer
Sun Aug 22, 11:54 am ET

KABUL, Afghanistan – President Hamid Karzai gave assurances Sunday that the rights of Afghan women will not be sacrificed in pursuit of a peace deal with the Taliban.

To read the entire article:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100822/ap_on_re_as/as_afghanistan_karzai_2

United States, Afghan forces prepare for major assault on the birthplace of the Taliban

Published August 22, 2010
Associated Press

HOWZ-E-MADAD, Afghanistan (AP) — As Lt. Col. Peter N. Benchoff prepares for an assault next month into the birthplace of the Taliban, he doesn't sugarcoat the hurdles his troops face in this crucial swath of southern Afghanistan.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/08/22/united-states-afghan-forces-prepare-major-assault-birthplace-taliban/

U.S. troops take root in former Canadian base

The Canadian Press
Date: Sunday Aug. 22, 2010 10:46 AM ET

HOWZ-E-MADAD, Afghanistan — The smell of fresh-cut wood permeates the air at this former Canadian strongpoint on the western edge of the troublesome Zhari district of Kandahar province.

To read the entire article:

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/World/20100822/us-troops-howz-e-madad-100822/

Karzai Says Corrupt Firms Undermine Afghan War

By Alan Bjerga - Aug 22, 2010 11:45 AM CT

Afghan President Hamid Karzai renewed his demand that private security firms in Afghanistan disband by year’s end, saying they are a source of corruption that’s undermining support for the war against the Taliban insurgency.

To continue reading:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-22/karzai-says-corrupt-private-security-firms-are-undermining-afghanistan-war.html

Swedish prosecutors defend about-face over recalled WikiLeaks rape allegation

By: Karl Ritter, The Associated Press
22/08/2010 10:46 AM

STOCKHOLM - Swedish prosecutors defended their handling of a rape allegation against the founder of WikiLeaks, saying Sunday that they had made no mistakes in issuing an arrest warrant and withdrawing it less than a day later.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.brandonsun.com/world/breaking-news/swedish-prosecutors-defend-about-face-over-recalled-wikileaks-rape-allegation-101256084.html?viewAllComments=y

Security force captures Taliban commander in Kandahar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.22.2010

KABUL - An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents in Kandahar province Saturday, including a Taliban commander involved in ambushes, improvised explosive device attacks and the acquisition of weapons and munitions.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54984/security-force-captures-taliban-commander-kandahar

Security force targets Taliban commander in Zabul

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.22.2010

KABUL - An Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation in Zabul Saturday in pursuit of a Taliban commander who leads improvised explosive device and small arms fire attacks against Afghan civilians, and Afghan and coalition forces.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54982/security-force-targets-taliban-commander-zabul

August 21, 2010

Taliban Intensify Attacks Against Afghan Police

By ROD NORDLAND
Published: August 21, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan — A Taliban campaign focusing on the Afghan police appears to have intensified in recent days, with five attacks reported Saturday in which at least 15 policemen were killed throughout the country. Three of the policemen died in a NATO airstrike.

To read the entire article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/22/world/asia/22afghan.html

Afghanistan orders dissolution of security firms to begin

Sat Aug 21, 2010

KABUL (AFP) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai Saturday ordered the process of disbanding all private security companies to begin in the country, his office said.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100821/wl_sthasia_afp/afghanistanunrestsecurity_20100821191852

Sweden withdraws warrant for WikiLeaks founder

Associated Press
By KARL RITTER, Associated Press Writer – Sat Aug 21

STOCKHOLM – Swedish authorities revoked a short-lived arrest warrant for the founder of WikiLeaks on Saturday, saying a rape accusation against him lacked substance.

To read the entire article:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100821/ap_on_hi_te/eu_sweden_wikileaks

On patrol in Afghanistan: 'It was a good firefight'

By Cali Bagby and Dan Morrison for KVAL.com
Story Published: Aug 21, 2010

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - 2nd Platoon, 4th Squad, Fox Company, 2/6 Marine Infantry pushed out of Combat Outpost Turbett before sunrise.

For more on the 2/6 in Afghanistan:

http://www.katu.com/news/national/101200424.html

A heartfelt home for a hero

Volunteers build addition to parents' house to aid recovery from wounds suffered in war

By Barbara O'Brien
NEWS STAFF REPORTER
Published:August 21 2010

A year ago, Marine Staff Sgt. John Stanz was fighting for his life in a military hospital in Germany after a bomb hit his Humvee in Afghanistan.

For more about the good works from caring people and Staff Sgt. John Stanz's ongoing recovery from combat:

http://www.buffalonews.com/city/article159158.ece

Taliban commander detained during combined operation

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.21.2010

KABUL - Afghan and coalition members on a combined mission detained a Taliban commander and two additional suspected commanders in Baghlan province Friday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54964/taliban-commander-detained-during-combined-operation

Navy Officers in Afghanistan strive to get Fleet Marine Force qualified

1st Marine Division
Story by Cpl. Daniel Blatter
Date08.21.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – More than a dozen naval officers currently deployed with I Marine Expedition Force (Forward) to Camp Leatherneck, have spent the past few months honing their Marine Corps knowledge and skills as they attempt to earn the Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer Pin.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54962/navy-officers-afghanistan-strive-get-fleet-marine-force-qualified

Marine from Chesapeake killed in Afghanistan

By Hattie Brown Garrow
The Virginian-Pilot
© August 21, 2010

Lance Cpl. Cody S. Childers, 19, died Friday while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, the Department of Defense announced today.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Cody S. Childers, of the 2/9:

http://hamptonroads.com/2010/08/marine-chesapeake-killed-afghanistan

Marines open renovated mosque for Afghans in Marjah

Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs
Story by Lance Cpl. Andrew Johnston
Date08.20.2010
Date Posted:08.21.2010

MARJAH, Afghanistan - Marines and sailors with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, gathered with a group of local Afghans to celebrate the grand opening of a newly renovated mosque, Aug 20, in Marjah.

For more about the 2/9 in Afghanistan:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54963/marines-open-renovated-mosque-afghans-marjah

Lejeune Marine killed in Afghanistan

August 21, 2010
WRAL.com

Camp Lejeune, N.C. — A Camp Lejeune-based Marine died Friday in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced.

Please go to the following link to continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Cody S. Childers, of the 2/6:

http://www.wral.com/news/news_briefs/story/8170654/

Lejeune Marine killed in Afghanistan

August 21, 2010
WRAL.com

Camp Lejeune, N.C. — A Camp Lejeune-based Marine died Friday in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Cody S. Childers, of the 2/6:

http://www.wral.com/news/news_briefs/story/8170654/

ANP repel insurgent attack, protect Afghan elder in Kandahar province

Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan Media Operations Center
Courtesy Story
Date08.19.2010
Date Posted:08.21.2010 04:45
Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan Public Affaris

MARUF, Afghanistan – Afghan National Police, assisted by coalition forces, thwarted an insurgent attack Aug. 19 resulting in the protection of a village elder and destruction of an improvised explosive device near the district of Maruf in Kandahar province.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54950/anp-repel-insurgent-attack-protect-afghan-elder-kandahar-province

NATO strikes kill Afghan police, civilians

21 Aug 2010
Source: Reuters
By Paul Tait

KABUL, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Air strikes by the NATO-led force in Afghanistan accidentally killed at least three Afghan police in the country's north and a woman and two children in the west, officials said on Saturday.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67K01K.htm

IED blast causes civilian casualties

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.21.2010

KABUL- An improvised explosive device detonated in northern Afghanistan today, causing several civilian casualties.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54955/ied-blast-causes-civilian-casualties

Insurgents attack village in Jowzjan province

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.21.2010

KABUL- Afghan National Security Forces were conducting operations in northern Afghanistan Friday when they received small-arms and indirect insurgent fire from an unknown number of insurgents in multiple locations.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54948/insurgents-attack-village-jowzjan-province

Force targets Taliban safe haven in Helmand

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.21.2010

KABUL- An Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents in a Helmand province Friday while in pursuit of a Taliban commander responsible for attacks against Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition forces in an area heavy with constant Taliban attacks.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54944/force-targets-taliban-safe-haven-helmand

Suspected insurgents detained in Helmand

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.21.2010

KABUL- An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents in Helmand province Friday while in pursuit of a Taliban facilitator for weapons, money, equipment and improvised explosive device materials.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54943/suspected-insurgents-detained-helmand

Security force targets Taliban foreign fighter facilitator in Farah

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.21.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition force conducted operations in Farah province Aug. 20 while in pursuit of a Taliban foreign fighter facilitator. The facilitator is known to traffic foreign fighters and weapons from Iran and associate with senior Taliban and Al Qaida leadership.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54942/security-force-targets-taliban-foreign-fighter-facilitator-farah

Remote camp is Marines' key toehold in Afghanistan

Marines offer Afghans what the Taliban cannot, but security is top priority

By Gretel C. Kovach, UNION-TRIBUNE
Originally published August 21, 2010 at 6:23 p.m

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Dust billows from the roads of this military base at all hours, during sun-baked desert days and hot windy nights.

For more about Camp Leatherneck:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/aug/21/remote-outpost-key-staging-area-marines/

Afghan and coalition force targets Taliban commander in Kunduz

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.21.2010

KABUL- An Afghan and coalition security force conducted operations in Kunduz province Friday in pursuit of the Taliban district commander for Aliabad, who is directly involved in the planning of attacks against coalition forces.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54939/afghan-and-coalition-force-targets-taliban-commander-kunduz

WikiLeaks founder charged in Sweden with rape

21 Aug 2010
Source: Reuters

STOCKHOLM Aug 21 (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose whistle-blowing website caused uproar last month with a leak of secret U.S. military files on Afghanistan, has been charged in Sweden with rape and molestation, the National Prosecutor's Office said on Saturday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LDE67K03A.htm

August 20, 2010

Marine from Palatine killed in Afghanistan

By Ashok Selvam and Eric Peterson | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 8/20/2010

A kind, considerate and hardworking Marine from Palatine who dreamed of a career in the military has been killed in action in Afghanistan.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Cpl Christopher "C.J." Boyd, of the 2/4:

http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=402294

Marines, sailors conduct rescue training to stay mission ready

III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs
Story by Lance Cpl. Aaron Hostutler
Date 08.20.2010

The corpsman? His only thought is saving his patient's life.

To continue reading about the 3rd Medical Bn and their corpsmen's predeployment training:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54872/marines-sailors-conduct-rescue-training-stay-mission-ready

Dog handlers prepare for Afghanistan

Story by Lance Cpl. John McCall
Date08.20.2010

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – Dog handlers with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion put their improvised explosive device detection dogs to work Aug. 13, during the final day of a three-day training exercise.

For more about the 1st CEB dog handlers:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54937/dog-handlers-prepare-afghanistan

2 Chicago-area Marines killed in Afghanistan

Eric Horng

August 20, 2010 (WLS)The war in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of two Marines from the Chicago area.

To continue reading about Fallen Heroes, Lance Corporal Kevin Oratowski, of the 1st LAR and Corporal Christopher "CJ" Boyd of the 2/4:

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id;=7621321

Taliban kill 30 security guards

by Nasrat Shoaib
Fri Aug 20

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) – Afghan police said Friday that 30 security guards had been killed in a day-long clash with Taliban fighters in one of the most volatile regions of the war-ravaged country.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100820/wl_sthasia_afp/afghanistanunrest_20100820150015;_ylt=AhHhNKftv9wm7a.gMSjxO2IBS5Z4

Wounded Soldier Receives Special Gift

by WKBW Programming
August 20, 2010

HAMBURG, NY (WKBW) - Marine Staff Sergant John Stanz Jr. was nearly killed in Afghanistan when an enemy attack destroyed the humvee he was riding in.

To continue reading:

http://www.wkbw.com/news/local/Wounded-Soldier-Receives-Special-Gift-101166154.html

Insurgent Attack Fails at ISAF Base

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date08.20.2010

WASHINGTON - Insurgents launched an unsuccessful attack on International Security Assistance Forces at Forward Operating Base Bostick, located in the Nari District of eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province Aug. 20, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command officials reported.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54924/insurgent-attack-fails-isaf-base

Bodies of Afghan officials turned over after insurgent kidnapping

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.20.2010

KABUL - The bodies of two people who were kidnapped Sunday were turned over to the Afghan National Police Thursday in the Azrah District of Logar province.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54908/bodies-afghan-officials-turned-over-after-insurgent-kidnapping

Afghan Mi-35's Begin Operations with NATO Forces

NATO Training Mission Afghanistan
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Quillen
Date08.20.2010
Location:Ghazni Province, AF

“The reason we are working together is to combine the capabilities of the Mi-35 with the capabilities of the Apache. We have trained together in the past, and it was time to start operating together” explains Maj. Caleb Nimmo, 438th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, Combined Air Power Transition Force.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54904/afghan-mi-35s-begin-operations-with-nato-forces

Afghan civilian shot, tied up between IEDs

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.20.2010

KABUL - An Afghan civilian was found dead and tied to a sign between two improvised explosion devices in Kandahar province today.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54909/afghan-civilian-shot-tied-up-between-ieds

Insurgents unsuccessfully attack ISAF base

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.20.2010

KABUL - Insurgents launched an unsuccessful attack on International Security Assistance Forces at Forward Operating Base Bostick, located in the Nari District, at approximately 9 a.m. today.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54910/insurgents-unsuccessfully-attack-isaf-base

Deeper down the foxhole in Afghanistan

By Dan Morrison for KVAL.com
Story Published: Aug 20, 2010

COMBAT OUTPOST TURBET, Helmand Province, Afghanistan - When Cali Bagby and I began this trip, we were originally slotted to embed with a unit near the Pakistan border.

For more about life at Combat Outpost Turbett:

http://www.kval.com/news/national/101192804.html

Suspected insurgents detained in Helmand province

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.20.2010

KABUL - Afghan and coalition forces conducted a combined operation resulting in the detention of more than 10 individuals with suspected insurgent links in Sangin, Helmand province today.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54911/suspected-insurgents-detained-helmand-province

National Police Graduate on Afghan Independence Day

NATO Training Mission Afghanistan
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ernesto Hernandez Fonte
Date08.20.2010
Location:Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, AF

KANDAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Ready to complete the transformation they began more than a month earlier, Afghan National Police recruits packed into a small building at Training Support Site Costell near Spin Boldak on the Afghan/Pakistan border. Entering the building as recruits, they exited as Afghan Uniform Patrolmen after receiving their certificates.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54889/national-police-graduate-afghan-independence-day

NC Marines prepare for deployment to Afghanistan

Posted: August 20, 2010

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — More than 20,000 North Carolina-based Marines and sailors are preparing to take over operations in Afghanistan.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.wral.com/news/state/story/8164789/

Afghanistan vows to redouble anti-graft drive - Kerry

20 Aug 2010 12:01:09 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Andrew Hammond

KABUL, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has vowed renewed efforts to combat corruption, a major bone of contention with Washington as its troops battle Taliban insurgents, U.S. Senator John Kerry said on Friday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67J0FI.htm

Afghan man shot by Taliban

Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan Media Operations Center
Story by Sgt. Katryn McCalment
Date08.19.2010
Date Posted:08.20.2010

PAKTIA, Afghanistan – An Afghan local national was shot by insurgents in the village of Rabat, Paktia province Aug. 19.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54893/afghan-man-shot-taliban

Afghan and coalition force captures Taliban commander in Paktika

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.20.2010

KABUL- An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents in Paktika province Thursday, including a Taliban commander.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54899/afghan-and-coalition-force-captures-taliban-commander-paktika

Partnered security force targets Helmand Taliban military commander

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.20.2010

KABUL - An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents in Helmand province Thursday while in pursuit of a Taliban military commander with direct ties to Taliban senior leadership based in Pakistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54898/partnered-security-force-targets-helmand-taliban-military-commander

Team breaks up IED emplacement operation

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.20.2010

KABUL - A U.S. special operation forces team discovered insurgents in the act of planting a roadside improvised explosive device Tuesday in northern Zabul province.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54897/team-breaks-up-ied-emplacement-operation

UPDATE ISAF confirms Jama'at ul Dawa al-Qu'ran commander

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.20.2010

KABUL - An Afghan and coalition security force pursued several Jama'at ul Dawa al-Qu'ran commanders Wednesday, who are responsible for planning and conducting attacks and propaganda campaigns in Kunar province.

To read more:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54895/update-isaf-confirms-jamaat-ul-dawa-al-quran-commander

Pul-e 'Alam Taliban network commander captured

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.20.2010

KABUL - An Afghan and coalition security force continued capturing the Taliban leadership of the Pul-e 'Alam District network in Logar province, detaining the Taliban deputy district commander Thursday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54894/pul-e-alam-taliban-network-commander-captured

Haqqani sub-commander captured in Khost

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.20.2010

KABUL- An Afghan and coalition force captured a Haqqani Network sub-commander who facilitates weapons into the province and reports directly to Haqqani senior leadership based in Pakistan during an overnight operation in Khost.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

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Suspected insurgents detained in Helmand province

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.20.2010

KABUL - Afghan and coalition forces conducted a combined operation resulting in the detention of more than 10 individuals with suspected insurgent links in Sangin, Helmand province today.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54911/suspected-insurgents-detained-helmand-province

Marine killed in Afghanistan had strong ties to Glenbard South

By Robert Sanchez | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 8/20/2010

Lance Cpl. Kevin E. Oratowski's ties to Glenbard South High School remained strong in the five years since he graduated.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Kevin E. Oratowski, of the 1st LAR:

http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=402410

U.S., Afghanistan plan to screen cash at Kabul airport to prevent corruption

By Greg Miller and Joshua Partlow
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 20, 2010; 10:56 PM

Alarmed by an exodus of money from Afghanistan, U.S. and Afghan authorities are trying to constrict a flow of cash through the country's main airport, believed to be a major conduit for drug proceeds and diverted foreign aid.

To continue reading:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/20/AR2010082004049.html?wprss=rss_nation

August 19, 2010

Cargo management team sends millions of pounds of supplies across Afghan skies

Combined Joint Task Force 101
Story by Sgt. Brent Powell
Date 08.19.2010

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan– Like busy bees buzzing in and out of a hive full of honey, a swarm of helicopters are constantly swooping in and out of the landing zone here.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54826/cargo-management-team-sends-millions-pounds-supplies-across-afghan-skies

Taliban attack road crew in south Afghanistan

By AMIR SHAH and MIRWAIS KHAN, Associated Press Writers
Thu Aug 19, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Taliban fighters attacked a road construction crew Thursday in southern Afghanistan and several people were killed and wounded, officials and witnesses said.

To continue reading:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100819/ap_on_re_as/as_afghanistan

Senator Kerry returns to Kabul for Karzai talks

19 Aug 2010
Source: Reuters
By Sue Pleming

WASHINGTON, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Influential U.S. Senator John Kerry returned abruptly to Afghanistan on Thursday to see President Hamid Karzai, seeking to press him over a four-month deadline for private security contractors to be disbanded.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N19276600.htm

Marine from Wheaton dies in Afghanistan

By Bob Susnjara
Daily Herald Staff Contact writer
Published: 8/19/2010 10:18 PM

A Marine from Wheaton was killed by a roadside bomb Wednesday while in combat in Afghanistan.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Kevin E. Oratowski, of the 1st LAR:

http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=402175

“Master Chef” visits base, feeds hungry Marines

8/19/2010 By Sgt. James M. Mercure , Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — For 12 amateur cooks vying to be the first American Master Chef, the only thing more intimidating than Chef Gordon Ramsay breathing down their necks while they prepared a meal was staring at 400 hungry Marines and their families.

For more about the challenge to feed 400 Marines of the 1st LAR:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/basecamppendleton/Pages/News/2010/MasterChefvisitsbasefeedshungryMarines.aspx

Karzai intervened to help aide probed for corruption: report

Karzai intervened to help aide probed for corruption: report

August 19, 2010

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai personally intervened to release a close aide arrested on corruption charges and under investigation for providing cash and gifts to allies, according to The Washington Post report.

To continue reading:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100820/wl_sthasia_afp/afghanistanunrestcorruptionkarzaiusmedia

Marine Pilots of the 15th MEU evacuate Pakistani flood victims

Courtesy Story
15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs
Date: 08.19.2010

GHAZI, Pakistan – Marines pilots of HMM-165 (REIN), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit evacuate Pakistani flood victims during humanitarian relief efforts in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan.

To read the entire article about relief efforts for Pakistan by the 15th MEU:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54920/marine-pilots-15th-meu-evacuate-pakistani-flood-victims

War doesn't break for Islam's holiest month

By Denis D. Gray, Associated Press Writer
Thu Aug 19

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WILSON, Afghanistan – "May you have a blessed Ramadan," reads a poster greeting U.S. troops outside a base mess tent. It refers to Islam's holiest month, a time of good deeds, prayer and purification of the spirit through sunrise-to-sunset fasting.

To continue reading:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100819/ap_on_re_as/as_afghanistan_holy_month_of_war

Sniper in Afghan Town Puts Marines on Edge

By MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS
AUGUST 19, 2010

SANGIN, Afghanistan—Somewhere in this dusty town, concealed among the cornfields, irrigation canals and mud-walled compounds, is a man the Marines particularly want to kill.

For more on the 3/7 in Afghanistan:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703824304575435403980423346.html?KEYWORDS=lima+company

Security force targets RPG attack network in Kunar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 08.19.2010

KABUL – An Afghan and coalition security force pursued several Jama’at ul Dawa al-Qu’ran commanders responsible for planning and conducting attacks and propaganda campaigns in Kunar province Wednesday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54816/security-force-targets-rpg-attack-network-kunar

Security force targets Taliban commander in Logar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.19.2010

KABUL – An Afghan and coalition security force conducted operations in Logar province Wednesday while in pursuit of a Taliban commander associated with the Kabul Attack Network.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54817/security-force-targets-taliban-commander-logar

'A great guy' from Wheaton killed in Afghanistan

August 19, 2010
--William Lee

A Marine from Wheaton who was serving in his first combat deployment was killed by a blast in southwest Afghanistan, military officials said today.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Kevin Oratowski, of the 1st LAR:

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/08/a-great-guy-from-wheaton-killed-in-afghanistan.html

Taliban IED cell commander targeted in Zabul

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.19.2010

KABUL – An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents in Zabul province Wednesday while in pursuit of a Taliban commander who leads one of the primary improvised explosive device attack cells in Mizan district.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54818/taliban-ied-cell-commander-targeted-zabul

Security forces nab Taliban, Haqqani, Al Qaeda insurgent leaders

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.19.2010

KABUL – Afghan and coalition security forces captured several Haqqani Network and several Talban leaders to include a dual-hatted Taliban sub-commander and Al Qaeda group leader in Afghanistan during 36 separate operations this week.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54821/security-forces-nab-taliban-haqqani-al-qaeda-insurgent-leaders

Afghan engineers reopen Behsood bridge

Combined Joint Task Force 101
Story by Spc. Albert Kelley
Date08.19.2010

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- The Behsood Bridge in downtown Jalalabad reopened for traffic only three weeks after insurgents attempted to destroy it and injure coalition forces, Aug. 18.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54840/afghan-engineers-reopen-behsood-bridge

Fuel tanker explosion kills two, wounds several Afghan civilians

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.19.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Two Afghan civilians were killed and at least 10 civilians were wounded when a fuel truck exploded near a bazaar in the Bati Kot District of Nangarhar province Aug. 19. The blast also destroyed three civilian vehicles and caused damage to nearby shops.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54850/fuel-tanker-explosion-kills-two-wounds-several-afghan-civilians

The Most Dangerous Job in Afghanistan - Clearing IED's

August 19, 2010 11:48 AM
Posted by Terry McCarthy

As part of our continuing coverage of "Afghanistan: the Road Ahead," - CBS News correspondent Terry McCarthy follows the Third Battalion, First Marines at home, and abroad in Afghanistan.

It is the most dangerous job in Afghanistan - clearing improvised explosive devices, or IED's, to make roads, paths and buildings safe for Afghans and for the U.S. military.

For more on the 3/1 in Afghanistan:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20014111-503543.html

On the Afghan Frontlines with Gen. Petraeus

Katie Couric Gets an Aerial View of the Battlefied in Afghanistan

By Katie Couric
KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2010

(CBS) CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric reports from Kabul as we continue our special series, Afghanistan: the Road Ahead.

As the war in Iraq is winding down, the war in Afghanistan is heating up. With the surge ordered by President Obama, there are now nearly 100,000 U.S. soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan. The military reported another death today, bringing the U.S. toll for August to at least 16. As casualties mount, the American public is growing more skeptical. Forty-three percent now say the war was a mistake.

To continue reading:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/08/19/eveningnews/main6788148.shtml

UAV makes emergency landing in Kunduz

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.19.2010

KABUL – An International Security Assistance Force unmanned aerial vehicle made an emergency landing in Kunduz province Wednesday.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54820/uav-makes-emergency-landing-kunduz

Coalition helicopter makes hard landing in Kandahar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.19.2010

KABUL- An International Security Assistance Force helicopter made a hard landing Kandahar province today.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54819/coalition-helicopter-makes-hard-landing-kandahar

Course teaches soldiers how to use ground penetrating radar system to defeat IED threats

Combined Joint Task Force 101
Story by Sgt. Brent Powell
Date08.19.2010

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan– Improvised explosive devices, most commonly referred to as IEDs, have been, and continue to be one of the most deadly threats on today’s modern battlefield.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54825/course-teaches-soldiers-use-ground-penetrating-radar-system-defeat-ied-threats

Arbaki Fighters Provide Security in Isa Khan Village

1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date08.19.2010

Two soldiers of a Low-Level Voice Intercept team from Bravo Company, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion recently conducted a four day mission in support of Afghan National Security Forces and the International Security Assistance Force in the villages of Isa Khan and Gor Teppah in Northern Afghanistan.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54814/arbaki-fighters-provide-security-isa-khan-village

Provincial reconstruction team to build schools in Injil, Kaokh, Shindand

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.19.2010

KABUL - Groundbreaking ceremonies were held recently for three schools scheduled to be built by an International Security Assistance Force provincial reconstruction team in the districts of Injil, Karokh and Shindand in Herat province.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54833/provincial-reconstruction-team-build-schools-injil-kaokh-shindand

A real Marine brotherhood: Bentley High School graduate promoted in Afghanistan with brother's help

Published: Thursday, August 19, 2010, 10:30 AM
Beata Mostafavi | Flint Journal

BURTON, Michigan — They grew up competing in everything, but this was one time Marine Sgt. Justin Shemanski didn’t mind his youngest brother almost catching up to him.

For more about the brothers from Burton, MI:

http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2010/08/a_real_marine_brotherhood_bent.html

August 18, 2010

Taliban commander killed with precision air strike

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.18.2010

KABUL – Coalition forces conducted a precision air strike in Kandahar province Tuesday killing a Taliban commander who planned and coordinated improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan civilians, as well as Afghan and coalition forces.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54746/taliban-commander-killed-with-precision-air-strike

UPDATE Security force captures Taliban senior commander in Helmand

ISAF Joint Command
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Date08.18.2010

KABUL – The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of a senior Taliban commander and member of the Nawa Military Commission.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54745/update-security-force-captures-taliban-senior-commander-helmand

Security force kills 10 insurgents, destroys weapons

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.18.2010

KABUL – Afghan and coalition forces killed 10 Taliban insurgents in Kandahar province Tuesday while in pursuit of a Taliban commander responsible for arranging weapons deliveries and settling allocation disputes.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54741/security-force-kills-10-insurgents-destroys-weapons

Security force kills 2 insurgents in Nangarhar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.18.2010

KABUL – An Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents and detained several more Nangarhar province Tuesday during their continued pursuit of a Taliban improvised explosive device expert who specializes in dual-tone multi-frequency devices and is linked to at least two IED attacks.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54739/security-force-kills-2-insurgents-nangarhar

From Car Dealership to Afghanistan: Marine Mechanic Innovates Repair of 7-ton Truck

8/18/2010 By Lance Cpl. Khoa Pelczar , 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD)

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DWYER, Afghanistan — A Marine reservist who worked as a car dealership mechanic before deploying to Afghanistan has come up with an innovative way to repair the engine of a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement – getting the trucks back on the road in half the time.

For more about Lance Cpl. Keith J. Medlin of the CLR-15 in the 1st MLG and his quicker repair method:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/1stmlg/1stmlg-fwd/Pages/FromCarDealershiptoAfghanistanMarineMechanicInnovatesRepairof7-tonTruck.aspx

Unmanned aerial vehicle crashes in Paktika province

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date:08.18.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An unmanned aerial vehicle crashed in the Sharan District of Paktika province Aug. 18.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54735/unmanned-aerial-vehicle-crashes-paktika-province

Afghanistan: The Road Ahead

Posted by Clifden Kennedy
August 18, 2010

Katie Couric will anchor The CBS Evening News from Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday and Friday as part of our continuing coverage of Afghanistan: The Road Ahead.

To read more:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8300-500803_162-500803.html?contributor=10388465&tag;=contentMain;contentBody

Marines protect Afghans during firefight in Marjah

Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs
Story by Lance Cpl. Andrew Johnston
Date: 08.16.2010
Date Posted: 08.18.2010 10:58

MARJAH, Afghanistan – Marines and sailors with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, engaged enemy insurgents in a firefight while conducting a census patrol in Marjah, Aug. 16.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54777/marines-protect-afghans-during-firefight-marjah

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Weapons cache discovered in Kabul province

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.18.2010

KABUL - Coalition forces located and seized a weapons cache in the Shakar Darah District of Kabul province today.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54786/weapons-cache-discovered-kabul-province

Afghan Army Grows by More Than 900 Commandos

NATO Training Mission Afghanistan
Courtesy Story
Date 08.18.2010
By Chief Petty Officer Brian Brannon

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Standing in tight formation on the parade grounds of Morehead Commando Training Center, more than 900 Afghan soldiers solemnly removed their camouflage boonie caps and donned the red berets of Afghan Commando Corps.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54796/afghan-army-grows-more-than-900-commandos

'The enemy, they love to hit the Marines'

By Cali Bagby and Dan Morrison for KVAL.com
Story Published: Aug 18, 2010 at 6:00 AM PDT

COMBAT OUTPOST TURBETT, Marjah district, Afghanistan with 4th Squad, 2nd Platoon, Fox Company -

“Should I kick it down?” one of the Marines asks when they reach the first compound.

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http://www.kval.com/news/national/100944324.html

Security firm ban could affect Afghan aid

18 Aug 2010 16:12:38 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Paul Tait

KABUL, Aug 18 (Reuters) - A ban on private security companies in Afghanistan could affect development and aid work as many of the firms guard Western projects in the country, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LDE67H1MK.htm

Afghans to shut 900 polling centres on security fears

18 Aug 2010
Source: Reuters

KABUL, Aug 18 (Reuters) - More than 900 polling centres for Afghanistan's parliamentary elections next month will not open because of security fears, an official said on Wednesday, adding to concerns after a fraud-marred presidential vote last year.

For more on this news story:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67H0H2.htm

Pentagon denies WikiLeaks talks about documents

By PAULINE JELINEK
Associated Press Writer
Posted: Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010

WASHINGTON The Pentagon is denying it had direct contact with WikiLeaks and says the military is not interested in helping the website review classified war documents to post online.

To read more:

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/08/18/1629997/pentagon-denies-wikileaks-talks.html

Insurgent IED attack kills police chief, wounds civilians

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.18.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - The chief of police for the Daman District of Kandahar province was among 13 Afghan National Police and Afghan civilians killed and wounded in an insurgent vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack Aug. 17 in Daman.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54812/insurgent-ied-attack-kills-police-chief-wounds-civilians

Pentagon Releases Letter Sent to Purported WikiLeaks Attorney

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date08.18.2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Defense Department officials today released a letter the Pentagon's top lawyer sent to a man purported to be an attorney for the WikiLeaks website, which published tens of thousands of classified documents last month and is threatening to release 15,000 more.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54803/pentagon-releases-letter-sent-purported-wikileaks-attorney

In Afghanistan, bomb attacks hit high in July

August 18, 2010
By Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — Makeshift-bomb attacks in July wounded a record number of U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan, and experts say even more would have died without widespread use of armored vehicles.

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http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2010-08-19-ied19_ST_N.htm

6 civilians, not 52, killed in July airstrike on Afghan house, ISAF probe finds

By Geoff Ziezulewicz
Stars and Stripes
Published: August 18, 2010

Please go to this link to read about the discrepancy found in the ISAF probe:

http://www.stripes.com/news/6-civilians-not-52-killed-in-july-airstrike-on-afghan-house-isaf-probe-finds-1.115092

Unmanned aerial vehicle goes down in Khost province

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.18.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An International Security Assistance Force unmanned aerial vehicle went down in Khost province, Aug. 18.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54775/unmanned-aerial-vehicle-goes-down-khost-province

FACTBOX-Security developments in Afghanistan, Aug 18

18 Aug 2010 10:21:19 GMT
Source: Reuters

Aug 18 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Afghanistan at 1000 GMT on Wednesday.

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http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67H0C0.htm

Afghan protesters say dead insurgents were civilians

18 Aug 2010 10:01:20 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Rafiq Sherzad

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Hundreds of people protested outside a key town in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday over the deaths of two men branded insurgents and killed by coalition forces but who local Afghans said were civilians.

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http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67H0CJ.htm

Medical professionals train with sexual assault kits

196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade
Story by Sgt. Rebecca Linder
Date: 08.18.2010

CAMP PHOENIX, Afghanistan – It doesn’t occur often, but when a service member is sexually assaulted in a combat zone, physical evidence needs to be collected quickly and carefully. Military medical professionals stationed here took a class Aug. 15 to better understand how to perform a sexual assault forensic exam to help provide accurate information to the court system for the victim and the suspect.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54738/medical-professionals-train-with-sexual-assault-kits

War comes home: Day-by-day, services honor fallen

By SHARON COHEN (AP) – 8-18-2010

In the summer twilight, a crowd gathers on a baseball diamond in Seattle, candles in hand, to remember a sailor who not long ago ran this dusty path.

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http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hvWYdFwEI-NTJg5z0PNFLVfgAgjAD9HLLLR80

Two civilians killed, one injured in Zerekoh Valley by IED

Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan Media Operations Center
Courtesy Story
Date:08.16.2010
Date Posted:08.18.2010 03:05

By Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan Public Affairs

HERAT, Afghanistan – A vehicle carrying five Afghan civilians struck an improvised explosive device in Herat province Aug. 16 killing an adult male, a 4-year-old boy and wounding an adult female.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54744/two-civilians-killed-one-injured-zerekoh-valley-ied

1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment memorializes fallen Marine

1st Marine Division
Story by Cpl. Daniel Blatter
Date: 08.18.2010

KAJAKI, Afghanistan – Marines from 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2 in Kajaki, paused to honor Sgt. Jose Luis Saenz III. Saenz was killed in action, Aug 9. He was 30-years-old.

Please go to the following link to read about Fallen Hero, Sgt. Jose L. Saenz III, of the 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54754/1st-battalion-11th-marine-regiment-memorializes-fallen-marine

Anti-US protest blocks highway in east Afghanistan

By RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press Writer
Wed Aug 18, 3:23 am ET

KABUL, Afghanistan – Hundreds of demonstrators blocked a main highway between Kabul and the eastern city of Jalalabad on Wednesday to protest two deaths in a night raid. The protesters said the two men killed were innocent civilians, while NATO said its forces killed two insurgents.

To continue reading:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100818/ap_on_re_as/as_afghanistan_378

If Afghanistan dissolves security firms, guards will join Taliban, some predict

By David Nakamura
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

KABUL -- The Watan Group's trained fighting force of 2,000 men, armed with rifles and rockets, battles daily to secure the most dangerous roads in Afghanistan so that critical supply convoys can reach U.S. and NATO troops.

To continue reading:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/17/AR2010081701285.html?wprss=rss_business

Karzai says Afghanistan needs Russia's support

By Denis Dyomkin Denis Dyomkin – Wed Aug 18, 6:40 am ET

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai sought President Dmitry Medvedev's help for his nation on Wednesday, two decades after Moscow ended a disastrous conflict there that cost the lives of about 15,000 Soviet troops.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100818/wl_nm/us_russia_afghanistan_pakistan_1

ISAF service members attacked from mosque

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.18.2010

KABUL - Four International Security Assistance Force service members were wounded by a grenade in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54760/isaf-service-members-attacked-mosque

Combined operation breaks up illegal Taliban detention compound

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.18.2010

KABUL - Multiple intelligence sources and tips from Afghan citizens led to a combined Afghan and coalition force operation Tuesday that found 27 Afghan men who were held prisoner illegally by the Taliban in a makeshift prison compound near Musa Qaleh, Helmand province.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54759/combined-operation-breaks-up-illegal-taliban-detention-compound

Security force targets Taliban IED expert in Paktiya

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.18.2010

KABUL - An Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected Taliban insurgents in Paktiya province Tuesday while in pursuit of a Taliban sub-commander and highly active improvised explosive device expert.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54756/security-force-targets-taliban-ied-expert-paktiya

Security force captures Haqqani Network facilitator in Khost

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.18.2010

KABUL – An Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents in Khost province Tuesday including a Haqqani Network facilitator responsible for the coordination of the movement of munitions and supplies into his area.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54750/security-force-captures-haqqani-network-facilitator-khost

Insurgents detained in Zabul

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.18.2010

KABUL – An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents in Zabul province Tuesday while in pursuit of a cross-district Taliban commander and facilitator operating in both Shah Joy district and Gelan district in neighboring Ghazni province.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54749/insurgents-detained-zabul

Forces pursue Taliban commander in Nawah-ye Barakzai

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.18.2010

KABUL – An Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents in Helmand province Tuesday in their deliberate pursuit of the Nawah-ye Barakzai Taliban leadership.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54748/forces-pursue-taliban-commander-nawah-ye-barakzai

Insurgent killed, several detained in Helmand

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.18.2010

KABUL – An Afghan and coalition security force killed a Taliban insurgent and detained several suspected insurgents in Helmand province Tuesday while in pursuit of a Taliban commander.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54747/insurgent-killed-several-detained-helmand

August 17, 2010

ISAF distributes goods to Afghan families

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.17.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - ISAF service members recently delivered supplies such as flour, cooking oil and tea to more than 100 families in the Now Zad district of Helmand province for the holy month of Ramadan.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54732/isaf-distributes-goods-afghan-families

Pentagon, Karzai Work to Disband Security Companies

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Story by Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
Date08.17.2010

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials are working with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to disband private security contractors in Afghanistan, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said, Aug. 17.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54721/pentagon-karzai-work-disband-security-companies

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date08.17.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces killed or detained numerous insurgents in various recent operations in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54716/afghan-coalition-forces-kill-detain-insurgents

Work harder on governance, Kerry tells Afghan leader

By Paul Tait
17 Aug 2010 17:32:08 GMT
Source: Reuters

* Afghan parliamentary election due on Sept. 18

* Obama plans strategy review in December

KABUL, Aug 17 (Reuters) - The United States does not have limitless patience to support an Afghan government that does not work harder to stamp out corruption and improve governance, influential Democratic Senator John Kerry said on Tuesday.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67G0I7.htm

Afghan archaeologists find Buddhist site as war rages

17 Aug 2010 08:09:06 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Sayed Salahuddin

KABUL, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Archaeologists in Afghanistan, where Taliban Islamists are fighting the Western-backed government, have uncovered Buddhist-era remains in an area south of Kabul, an official said on Tuesday.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67F08L.htm

Command Sergeant Major Wraps Up Tour

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date08.17.2010
By Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Chlosta

KANADAHAR, Afghanistan - The International Security Assistance Force's senior enlisted leader completed his 100th and final battlefield circulation, Aug. 13.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54703/command-sergeant-major-wraps-up-tour

Georgian Bn begins mission rehearsal exercise, preps for Afghanistan deployment

U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe Public Affairs
Story by Master Sgt. Grady Fontana
Date08.17.2010

HOHENFELS, Germany — The Republic of Georgia’s 32nd Light Infantry Battalion recently arrived from Georgia and began a month long training evolution here at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center that will culminate in a Mission Rehearsal Exercise, which will serve as a final mission evaluation before their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of International Security Assistance Forces there.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54702/georgian-bn-begins-mission-rehearsal-exercise-preps-afghanistan-deployment

Militant tied to marines' death killed

August 17, 2010 - 10:09PM
AFP

The US-led force in Afghanistan said on Tuesday it had killed a militant leader who was linked to the kidnapping and killing of two American sailors late last month.

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http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/militant-tied-to-marines-death-killed-20100817-128mw.html

Sacramento honors fallen Twentynine Palms Marine killed in action

Kate McGinty • The Desert Sun • August 17, 2010

The state lowered its Capitol flags Monday in honor of a decorated Twentynine Palms staff sergeant who was killed in action.

Please go to the following link to continue reading about Fallen Hero, Staff Sgt. Michael A. Bock, of the 3rd CEB:

http://www.mydesert.com/article/20100817/NEWS01/8170319/1138/news01/Sacramento+honors+fallen+Twentynine+Palms+Marine+killed+in+action

Insurgents pose as civilian casualties, as Afghan, U.S. forces inflict heavy toll on insurgents in Western Afghanistan

By Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan Public Affairs

Courtesy Story
Date08.15.2010
Date Posted:08.17.2010 01:27

BADGHIS, Afghanistan – Two insurgents posed as civilian casualties and presented themselves to Afghan and coalition forces in Badghis province following an engagement where insurgents had attacked the partnered government force Aug 15.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54687/insurgents-pose-civilian-casualties-afghan-us-forces-inflict-heavy-toll-insurgents-western-afghanistan

Georgian Bn begins mission rehearsal exercise, preps for Afghanistan deployment

8/17/2010 By Master Sgt. Grady T. Fontana , Marine Forces Europe

HOHENFELS, Germany — The Republic of Georgia’s 32nd Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) recently arrived from Georgia and began a month long training evolution here at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) that will culminate in a Mission Rehearsal Exercise (MRE), which will serve as a final mission evaluation before their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) there.

To read the entire article:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/marforeur/Pages/GeorgianBnbeginsmissionrehearsalexercise,prepsforAfghanistandeployment.aspx

Karzai condemns stoning of Afghan couple for adultery

17 Aug 2010 11:52:56 GMT
Source: Reuters

KABUL, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned on Tuesday the stoning to death of a man and woman for adultery, apparently at the hands of the Taliban, saying it was an extrajudicial act against a couple engaged to be married.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67G0EP.htm

Afghanistan orders ban on private security firms

17 Aug 2010 11:41:38 GMT
Source: Reuters

KABUL, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a decree on Tuesday setting a deadline of four months to disband private security firms to avoid the misuse of weapons which had caused "horrific and tragic incidents".

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http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67G0FE.htm

Suspected insurgents captured in Nangarhar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.17.2010

KABUL- An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents in Nangarhar province last night while pursuing an improvised explosive device expert who specializes in dual-tone, multi-frequency devices. He is linked to at least two IED attacks.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54698/suspected-insurgents-captured-nangarhar

Taliban IED facilitator killed in Logar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.17.2010

KABUL- An Afghan and coalition security force killed Bilal, a highly active Taliban facilitator responsible for improvised explosive device and indirect fire attacks against Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition forces in Logar province Monday.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54697/taliban-ied-facilitator-killed-logar

Haqqani sub-commander captured in Paktiya

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.17.2010

KABUL- An Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents in Paktiya province Monday, including a Haqqani sub-commander directly involved in improvised explosive device attacks. The commander also procured weapons and ammunition for fighters under his command.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54696/haqqani-sub-commander-captured-paktiya

Security force kills 6 insurgents in Kunduz

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.17.2010

KABUL- An Afghan and coalition security force killed six insurgents and detained several more suspected insurgents in Kunduz province Monday while in pursuit of a former Taliban commander who is currently a senior foreign fighter and weapons facilitator.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54683/security-force-kills-6-insurgents-kunduz

Security force detains suspected insurgents in Helmand

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.16.2010
Date Posted:08.17.2010 08:36

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents in Helmand province Monday, Aug. 17, in their continued pursuit of a senior Taliban commander and member of the Nawa Military Commission.

To read more:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54701/security-force-detains-suspected-insurgents-helmand

Unusual calm keeps Marjah Marines vigilant, optimistic

Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs

Story by Staff Sgt. Luis Agostini
Date08.16.2010
Date Posted:08.17.2010 04:33

MARJAH, Afghanistan – The Marines with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, recently patrolled the Marjah area surrounding Combat Outpost Angry, and returned without receiving one round of enemy fire.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:
http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54695/unusual-calm-keeps-marjah-marines-vigilant-optimistic

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Marines need lighter gear and IED detection, official says

By Tanya Mannes, UNION-TRIBUNE
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 5:36 p.m.

A Marine Corps official said Tuesday that there are military contracts available for companies that produce lightweight gear that saves energy and water on the battlefield.

To continue reading:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/aug/17/marines-need-lighter-gear-and-ied-detection-offici/

Afghan civilian killed during firefight in Kandahar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.17.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces operating near the village of Charqolba Olya in the Arghandab District of Kandahar province were attacked with small-arms fire by insurgents Aug. 17.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54737/afghan-civilian-killed-during-firefight-kandahar

Fallen Pa. Marine Embraced Proud Family Tradition

Aug 17, 2010 4:52 pm US/Eastern
GENARO C. ARMAS, Associated Press Writer

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) ― Lance Cpl. Abram LaRue Howard had a job waiting for him when he got back from Afghanistan in September.

Please go to the following link to read about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Abram L. Howard, of the 4th Marine Logistics Group:

http://kdka.com/wireapnewsfnpa/Fallen.central.Pa.2.1865037.html

Marine's family dreaded knock at door for seven years

By Heather Sorentrue, Reporter
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 8:40 PM
LEESBURG --

A U.S. Marine who decided to join the military on Sept. 11, 2001, his 18th birthday, has died while serving in Afghanistan.

Please go to the following link to read about Fallen Hero, Staff Sgt. Michael A. Bock, of the 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion:

http://www.cfnews13.com/article/news/2010/august/138165/Marines-family-dreaded-knock-at-door-for-seven-years

For Marines in Afghanistan, Ramadan demands respect

By Cali Bagby for KVAL.com
Story Published: Aug 17, 2010 at 1:36 PM MDT
Story Updated: Aug 17, 2010 at 3:47 PM MDT

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Dan Morrison and I leave the Marjah District Center the day Ramadan begins.

To continue reading:

http://www.kidk.com/news/national/100910824.html

August 16, 2010

RSC-E team strives to build capable and sustainable ANSF

Combined Joint Task Force 101
Story by Sgt. Andrew Reagan
Date08.16.2010

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - The Regional Support Command-East team, comprised of 254 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, provides direct support and operational coordination for the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police in all 14 provinces in Regional Command-East. RSC-E is committed to creating capable and sustainable ANA and ANP forces in eastern Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54678/rsc-e-team-strives-build-capable-and-sustainable-ansf

Unmanned aerial vehicle crashed

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.16.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An unmanned aerial vehicle crashed in Khas Kunar District, Kunar province Monday, Aug. 16.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54657/unmanned-aerial-vehicle-crashed

Ex-U.S. commander in Afghanistan to teach at Yale

16 Aug 2010 14:59:40 GMT
Source: Reuters

NEW YORK, Aug 16 (Reuters) - The former U.S. Army commander of forces in Afghanistan who was fired for making disparaging comments about his civilian superiors has been hired to teach at Yale, one of America's top universities.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N16258959.htm

Marine sniper earns award for valor

8/16/2010 By Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso, Marine Forces Pacific

CAMP H. M. SMITH, Hawaii — The hide is a sniper’s safe haven. It’s a hole they dig, cover with camouflage and live in for days or weeks at a time. But what happens when a sniper and his team find a bomb in their hide? For Sgt. Michael G. Dowling, it was a no-brainer.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/marforpac/Pages/Marinesniperearnsawardforvalor.aspx

Afghan government official among 2 dead in attack

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.16.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan government official and a member of the Afghan National Police were killed by insurgents in the village bazaar of Qala I Khuna in the Gulistan district of Farah province, Aug. 16.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54666/afghan-government-official-among-2-dead-attack

Afghanistan Command Provides Details of Recent Operations

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date08.16.2010

WASHINGTON - International Security Assistance Force Joint Command officials have provided details of numerous operations around Afghanistan.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54665/afghanistan-command-provides-details-recent-operations

Marines pursue Taliban forces

1st Marine Division

Story by Cpl. Eugenio Montanez
Date08.16.2010

DURZAY, Afghanistan – Light armored reconnaissance Marines monitored traffic in and out of Durzay, where they found several weapons and improvised explosive device caches.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54646/marines-pursue-taliban-forces

U.S. Defense Secretary Gates says to retire in 2011

16 Aug 2010 14:22:01 GMT
Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates will retire sometime in 2011, CNN reported on Monday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N16258532.htm

Afghan couple stoned by Taliban for adultery

16 Aug 2010 10:27:26 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Mohammad Hamed

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, Aug 16 (Reuters) - A man and woman were publicly stoned to death by the Taliban in Afghanistan's once-peaceful north over an alleged love affair, a provincial government official said on Monday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67F0C6.htm

900kg of narcotics seized, destroyed in Helmand province

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.16.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces destroyed close to 900 kg (2,000 pounds) of narcotics during operations in Helmand province Sunday, Aug. 15.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54649/900kg-narcotics-seized-destroyed-helmand-province

Springfield Native, Marine, Dies in Afghanistan

Sgt. Michael Bock Killed in Friday Incident

KETV.com
POSTED: 8:58 am CDT August 14, 2010
UPDATED: 5:30 am CDT August 16, 2010

OMAHA, Neb. -- A Springfield, Neb., native serving in the U.S. Marines died Friday in Afghanistan.

Please go to the following link to continue reading about Fallen Hero, Staff Sgt. Michael A. Bock, of the 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion:

http://www.ketv.com/news/24631415/detail.html

Rocker's gift is music to Marines families' ears

by JOSHUA SUDOCK
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Published: Aug. 15, 2010
Updated: Aug. 16, 2010 1:09 a.m.

Motivated by a love for the men and women of the armed forces and a passion for rock n' roll, more than 100 people gathered at Tortilla Jo's restaurant in Anaheim Sunday to support the families of Sgt. Maj. Robert Cottle and Lance Cpl. Rick Centanni, two Yorba Linda Marines who lost their lives in Afghanistan earlier this year.

To read more:
http://www.ocregister.com/news/centanni-262180-cottle-families.html

Associated Video:
http://www.ocregister.com/video/?videoId=585728320001&play;=now

Insurgent IED strike kills 1, wounds 3 children in northern Afghanistan

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.16.2010

KABUL- One Afghan child was killed and three others were wounded in an improvised explosive device attack in Qal-Ah-Ye-Zal District, Kunduz province today. According to reports, the IED was placed on a bike lying in a ditch when it exploded.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54642/insurgent-ied-strike-kills-1-wounds-3-children-northern-afghanistan

British kickboxer sought in slaying of US tourist

JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press Writer
Published: 09:16 a.m., Monday, August 16, 2010

BANGKOK (AP) — A manhunt was underway Monday in Thailand for a British kickboxer police say is believed to have killed a former U.S. Marine after provoking a barroom brawl on a tropical island.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/British-kickboxer-sought-in-slaying-of-US-tourist-617298.php

Taliban leadership captured in Paktika

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.16.2010

KABUL- An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected Taliban insurgents in Paktika province Sunday including a Taliban commander and a facilitator.

To read more:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54641/taliban-leadership-captured-paktika

Two suspected insurgents detained in Helmand

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.16.2010

KABUL- An Afghan and coalition force detained two suspected Taliban insurgents in Helmand province Sunday while in pursuit of a Taliban improvised explosive device manufacturer who specializes in building IED detonators and initiators.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54640/two-suspected-insurgents-detained-helmand

Taliban weapons distributor captured in Kandahar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.16.2010

KABUL- An Afghan and coalition security force captured a key Taliban weapons distributor for insurgents operating within Kandahar City and detained several additional suspected insurgents in Kandahar province Sunday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54639/taliban-weapons-distributor-captured-kandahar

Security force detains suspected Haqqani insurgents in Khost

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.16.2010

KABUL- An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected Haqqani insurgents in Khost province Sunday while in pursuit of a Haqqani Network weapons and ammunition facilitator responsible for multiple improvised explosive device and indirect fire attacks throughout Sabari and Musa Khel districts.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54638/security-force-detains-suspected-haqqani-insurgents-khost

UPDATE Capture of Taliban of commander confirmed

ISAF Joint Comman
Courtesy Story
Date08.16.2010

KABUL- The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of a Taliban commander in Helmand province, who was responsible for ordering small-arms fire and improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan civilians as well as Afghan and coalition forces.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54637/update-capture-taliban-commander-confirmed

UPDATE al-Qaida leader killed after attack on Afghan police station

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.16.2010

KABUL- The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the death of Abu Baqir, a dual-hatted Taliban sub-commander and al-Qaida group leader, after a coalition force air weapons team engaged his truck in Kunduz province Sunday.

To reaad more:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54636/update-al-qaida-leader-killed-after-attack-afghan-police-station

UPDATE Taliban sub commander captured in Paktika

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.16.2010

KABUL- The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of a Taliban sub-commander who conducts improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition forces.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54635/update-taliban-sub-commander-captured-paktika

Marines develop relationships with Afghans following Safaar clearing

Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs
Story by Cpl. Skyler Tooker
Date08.16.2010

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan— The Marines of 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment are making the Safaar area of Garmsir District a safer place for Afghans.

To continue reading about the 3/1:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54631/marines-develop-relationships-with-afghans-following-safaar-clearing

Associated Images:
http://www.dvidshub.net/image/309759/marines-develop-relationships-with-afghans-following-safaar-clearing

August 15, 2010

Remembering the bravery of Selfridge's 22 Marines

BY NAOMI R. PATTON
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
Posted: Aug. 15, 2010

Twenty-two U.S. Marines from the 1st Battalion 24th Marine Reserve, based at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, who died during their seven-month tour in Iraq were honored Saturday with a granite memorial bearing their names dedicated in Canton's Heritage Park.


To continue reading about our twenty-two Fallen Heroes of the 1/24 during 2006 and 2007:

http://www.freep.com/article/20100815/NEWS04/8150453/1006/NEWS04/Remembering-the-bravery-of-Selfridges-22-Marines

Military deaths pass 2,000 as Afghan war review looms

15 Aug 2010 16:50:34 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Sayed Salahuddin and Paul Tait

KABUL, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Total foreign military deaths in Afghanistan have passed 2,000 since the war began in late 2001, unofficial tallies showed on Sunday, in the approach to U.S. and Afghan elections and a U.S. strategy review.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67E01O.htm

Petraeus sees 'areas of progress' in Afghan war

15 Aug 2010 14:34:55 GMT
Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON, Aug 15 (Reuters) - The new U.S. commander in Afghanistan said he sees "areas of progress" in the war but meeting President Barack Obama's goal of beginning a pullout of U.S. troops in July 2011 will depend on conditions at the time.

To read more:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N15246496.htm

Combined forces detain IED facilitator and destroy weapons cache

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.15.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan national security forces and coalition forces conducted a combined operation Saturday resulting in the detention of a key improvised explosive device facilitator and the destruction of a large weapons cache in Helmand province.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54615/combined-forces-detain-ied-facilitator-and-destroy-weapons-cache

American tourist killed in Thailand

American tourist killed in Thailand

By KINAN SUCHAOVANICH (AP) – Aug. 15, 2010

BANGKOK — An American tourist was killed on the Thai island of Phuket after a British man allegedly picked a fight with him at a bar, followed him back to his hotel and stabbed him to death, police said Sunday.

To read more:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hKEhdQ3B-TT74yQ5PEMrDsnUWgeAD9HJUCKO0

Rags to Riches: How a Bronx youth transformed into a U.S. Marine

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
08.15.2010
Location:AF

Cpl. Randy Rivera’s story reads like a movie script. It is a tale of poverty, sacrifice, drugs, violence and danger. From the crime-infested streets of Bronx, N.Y., to the archaic Puerto Rican countryside, Rivera has seen and lived what most couldn’t imagine.

For more about Cpl. Rivera:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54601/rags-riches-bronx-youth-transformed-into-us-marine

Petraeus: Progress in Afghanistan will take time

By ANNE FLAHERTY
Associated Press Writer
Aug 15, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Progress in Afghanistan only began this spring and needs time to take root, Army Gen. David Petraeus said in comments broadcast Sunday that were aimed at shoring up American support for the war.

For more on General Petraeus's remarks:

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_US_AFGHANISTAN?SITE=AP&SECTION;=HOME&TEMPLATE;=DEFAULT&CTIME;=2010-08-15-09-07-35

Afghanistan says finds 1.8 bln barrel oilfield

15 Aug 2010 07:30:45 GMT
Source: Reuters

KABUL, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Afghanistan said on Sunday it had discovered an oilfield with an estimated 1.8 billion barrels in the north of the war-ravaged country, where U.S. and other foreign forces are trying to tame a Taliban-led insurgency.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67E00Q.htm

Afghan and coalition force detains suspected insurgents in Helmand

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.15.2010

KABUL- An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected Taliban insurgents in Helmand province Saturday while in pursuit of a Taliban commander who is responsible for small -arms fire and improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan civilians, as well as Afghan and coalition security forces.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54608/afghan-and-coalition-force-detains-suspected-insurgents-helmand

Taliban commander captured in Kandahar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.15.2010

KABUL- An Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected Taliban insurgents in Kandahar province Saturday, including a Taliban commander operating in the Panjwa'i District.

To read more:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54607/taliban-commander-captured-kandahar

Afghan, coalition forces roll up IED operatives

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.15.2010

KABUL- The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of several lower-level insurgents involved in the manufacture and emplacement of improvised explosion devices used against Afghan civilians, as well as Afghan and coalition forces.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54606/afghan-coalition-forces-roll-up-ied-operatives

Petraeus cites Bush-era shortcomings in Afghanistan

‘We did not have the organizations that are required,’ U.S. commander says

msnbc.com
August 15, 2010

U.S. military leaders inherited a faulty strategy for the war in Afghanistan at the end of the Bush administration and are still working to “refine the concepts,” the U.S. commander said in an interview airing Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

To continue reading:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38698040/ns/meet_the_press-meet_the_press

Security force detains suspected IED operatives in Paktika

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.15.2010

KABUL- An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents in Paktika province Saturday while in pursuit of a Taliban sub-commander who conducts improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan civilians, as well as Afghan and coalition forces.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54605/security-force-detains-suspected-ied-operatives-paktika

Afghan and coalition forces disrupt Haqqani operations in K-G Pass

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.15.2010

KABUL- Afghan and coalition forces have captured several Haqqani Network commanders and facilitators and killed or detained more than 50 suspected Haqqani insurgents during offensive security operations since Aug. 1.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54600/afghan-and-coalition-forces-disrupt-haqqani-operations-k-g-pass

Taliban facilitator captured in Logar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.15.2010

KABUL - An Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected Taliban insurgents in Logar province Saturday, including a Taliban facilitator well connected to an improvised explosive device and indirect fire attack network.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54599/taliban-facilitator-captured-logar

August 14, 2010

Mom receives fallen son’s Bronze Star

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Aug 14, 2010 14:28:22 EDT

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.— Nearly two years after approving the award, the Marine Corps on Aug. 12 presented the Bronze Star medal with V device to the mother of a squad leader killed in a 2007 IED blast in Iraq.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Sgt. Clinton Ahlquist, of the 2/4:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/08/marine_bronze_081310w/

Karzai asks Obama for review of Afghanistan war

14 Aug 2010
Source: Reuters
By Andrew Hammond

KABUL, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has asked U.S. President Barack Obama to review how the war in Afghanistan is being conducted as civilian deaths continue to rise, Karzai's office said on Saturday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE67D01E.htm

WikiLeaks says it won't be threatened by Pentagon

Associated Press
By KEITH MOORE, Associated Press Writer
Sat Aug 14, 2010

STOCKHOLM – WikiLeaks will publish its remaining 15,000 Afghan war documents within a month, despite warnings from the U.S. government, the organization's founder said Saturday.

To continue reading:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100814/ap_on_hi_te/afghanistan_wikileaks

U.S. missile strike kills 12 militants in Pakistan

Sat Aug 14, 2:08 pm ET

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) – A pilotless U.S. drone aircraft fired missiles into Pakistan's North Waziristan, an al Qaeda and Taliban sanctuary on the Afghan border, killing at least 12 militants on Saturday, intelligence officials said.

To continue reading:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100814/wl_nm/us_pakistan_missile_1

Afghan Forces Prepare to Take Over COIN

NATO Training Mission Afghanistan
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ernesto Hernandez Fonte
Date08.14.2010

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - ISAF is increasing investment in its counterinsurgency strategy as the July 2011 withdrawal date approaches. Part of that strategy is to pass on COIN lessons to Afghan National Security Forces.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54591/afghan-forces-prepare-take-over-coin

Afghan, U.S. forces disrupt insurgent activity in Badghis

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.14.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - A joint Afghan-led force disrupted insurgent fighters along with their weapons and financing network in the Bokan Bala area of the greater Morghab River Valley in Badghis province Aug. 10 during a presence and security patrol.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54589/afghan-us-forces-disrupt-insurgent-activity-badghis

3 Children Killed, 1 Adult Wounded in Insurgent Rocket Attack

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.14.2010

KABUL- Three children were killed today when insurgents attacked a base operated by coalition forces in Khost province.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54581/3-children-killed-1-adult-wounded-insurgent-rocket-attack

Afghans learning to fight without deadly force

Provincial Reconstruction Team Panjshir
Date08.14.2010
Story by 2nd Lt. Jason Smith

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Police officers began learning U.S. Army Combatives techniques Aug. 14, so they can teach the skill to other ANP officers in each of the seven districts in the Panjshir Province, Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54580/afghans-learning-fight-without-deadly-force

ISAF forces come under fire in Kunduz

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.14.2010

KABUL - Afghan and coalition forces conducting operations in northern Afghanistan killed two insurgents today after coming under attack from small arms and rocket-propelled grenades.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54579/isaf-forces-come-under-fire-kunduz

Knoxville-based Marine killed in Afghanistan

A Knoxville-based Marine has died after being wounded in Afghanistan.

Reporter: Nick Bona
Email Address: [email protected]
Aug 14, 2010

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – A Knoxville-based Marine has died after being wounded in Afghanistan.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Corporal Kristopher D. Greer, of the 4th CEB:

http://www.volunteertv.com/knox/headlines/100655784.html

UPDATE Taliban deputy commander for Lashkar Gah District captured

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.14.2010

KABUL -The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of the Taliban deputy commander of Lashkar Gah District, who commanded more than 100 fighters, during an Afghan-led security force operation in Helmand province Aug. 4.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54578/update-taliban-deputy-commander-lashkar-gah-district-captured

Engineers seek out IEDs for locals’ safety

1st Marine Division
Story by Cpl. Eugenio Montanez
08.14.2010

DURZAY, Afghanistan – In an area riddled with improvised explosive devices, engineers took the lead during patrols to ensure the safety of the riflemen behind them and local Afghans nearby over a 10-day operation here.

To continue reading about the 3rd CEB:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54582/engineers-seek-out-ieds-locals-safety

Associated Images:
http://www.dvidshub.net/image/309365/engineers-seek-out-ieds-locals-safety

Marines hunt smugglers in southern Afghanistan

1st Marine Division
Story by Cpl. Eugenio Montanez
08.14.2010

COMBAT OUTPOST PAYNE, Afghanistan – The long-reaching arm of light armored reconnaissance has choked off the supply of drugs and weapons for Taliban fighters, and Marines here said it won’t be letting up anytime soon.

For more on the 1st LAR and their main mission:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54584/marines-hunt-smugglers-southern-afghanistan

Insurgents killed after attack on Afghan police station in Kunduz

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.14.2010

KABUL - A coalition force air weapons team engaged a truck in Kunduz province yesterday, killing two insurgents and wounding several others after they witnessed the insurgents attacking an Aliabad police station.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54597/insurgents-killed-after-attack-afghan-police-station-kunduz

August 13, 2010

Reunited, feels so good

8/13/2010 By Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Children played in the nearby grass as the sun beamed down on the crowd of family and friends waiting eagerly outside the French Creek Recreation Center aboard Camp Lejeune for their Marine or sailor to return.

For more on the happy homecoming for the 24th MEU:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/2ndmlg/Pages/Reunited,feelssogood.aspx

Operations in Afghanistan Net Haqqani, Taliban Leaders

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date08.13.2010
Location:AF
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition security forces captured several Haqqani terrorist network and Taliban leaders in Afghanistan this week during 48 separate operations, military officials reported.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54534/operations-afghanistan-net-haqqani-taliban-leaders

Afghan Uniformed Police rescue kidnapped men; kill, capture insurgents

Combined Joint Task Force 101
Story by 1st Lt. R.j. Peek
Date08.13.2010

The Afghan Uniformed Police in Sharana District demonstrated their abilities and dedication to protect the Afghan people by rescuing two hostages taken by insurgents Aug. 11.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54548/afghan-uniformed-police-rescue-kidnapped-men-kill-capture-insurgents

Former detainees released during Parwan shura

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.13.2010
By Spc. Jason Boyd

KABUL - Three former detainees were released to the custody of their families and tribal elders during a release shura in Parwan province Monday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54533/former-detainees-released-during-parwan-shura

LCpl. Kevin M. Cornelius

By BILL WEST -
August 13, 2010
Star Beacon

ASHTABULA — Lance Corporal Kevin Michael Cornelius, age 20, died Saturday, August 7, 2010, in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, while serving in the United States Marine Corps in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

To continue reading (scroll about 2/3 of the way down) the obituary of Fallen Hero, LCpl. Kevin M. Cornelius, of the 1/2:

http://starbeacon.com/legacy/x960347849/LCpl-Kevin-M-Cornelius

ANSF disrupt drug trafficking system

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.13.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces conducted a combined operation Aug. 12 resulting in the detention of several individuals in the Registan desert, Kandahar province.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54537/ansf-disrupt-drug-trafficking-system

26th MEU to support Pakistan relief efforts

August 13, 2010 9:10 AM
DAILY NEWS STAFF

Members of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will soon depart for Pakistan to support relief efforts, according to Marine Corps officials.

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http://www.jdnews.com/articles/26th-81507-support-efforts.html

Afghan court tries, convicts 2 men

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.13.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 13) - Two Afghan men who are currently detained at the Detention Facility in Parwan were sentenced to serve time in an Afghan prison after an Afghan court found them guilty of crimes under Afghan law during trials held Tuesday at the Justice Center in Parwan.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54511/afghan-court-tries-convicts-2-men

Wardak legal system improves, suspected insurgent detained as result

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.13.2010

KABUL - The Afghan National Police-Provincial Response Company and coalition forces detained a suspected insurgent discovered during a warranted search in the Mayden Shar District of Wardak province Wednesday.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54529/wardak-legal-system-improves-suspected-insurgent-detained-result

Tribal leadership key to security in Nangarhar

Combined Joint Task Force 101
Story by Spc. Albert Kelley
Date08.13.2010

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The tribe has always been the most powerful structure in Pashtun society; now the tribe is being called upon to help increase security in Nangarhar.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54520/tribal-leadership-key-security-nangarhar

Petraeus hedges on July 2011 Afghan pullback goal

Associated Press
August 13, 2010

WASHINGTON – The new U.S. commander in Afghanistan says the goal of starting an American pullback by July 2011 will depend on conditions at the time.

To continue reading Gen. David Petraeus's comments:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100813/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_us_afghanistan

Afghan leaders partner with special forces to improve route security

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.13.2010

KABUL- Afghan government officials, Afghan National Army Special Forces and U.S. Special Forces joined together in an operation Sunday to assess the security of the main route leading from Kandahar City to the Khakrez District Center.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54523/afghan-leaders-partner-with-special-forces-improve-route-security

Obama, Karzai agree to keep pressure on Taliban

Associated Press
Fri Aug 13, 9:30 pm ET

WASHINGTON – President Obama is agreeing with President Karzai that the United States and Afghanistan should continue to work together to keep the pressure on the Taliban, fight terrorism and protect the Afghan people.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100814/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_obama_karzai_1

Afghan-led forces detain several insurgents in past week

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.13.2010

KABUL - Afghan and coalition security forces captured several Haqqani Network and Taliban leaders in Afghanistan this week during 48 separate operations.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54517/afghan-led-forces-detain-several-insurgents-past-week

Afghan-led force detains suspected insurgents in Helmand

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.13.2010

KABUL - An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents in Helmand province Thursday while in pursuit of a Taliban commander and member of the Nawa Military Commission.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54516/afghan-led-force-detains-suspected-insurgents-helmand

Insurgent attacks kill, wound 4 civilians in Kandahar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.13.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Three Afghan civilians were killed and one wounded by insurgents in three separate incidents in Kandahar province Aug. 13.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54560/insurgent-attacks-kill-wound-4-civilians-kandahar

Afghan-led force captures Haqqani facilitator in Paktiya

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.13.2010

KABUL - An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani Network facilitator in Paktiya province Thursday who moved weapons, ammunition, munitions and improvised explosive device materials from Pakistan to fighters operating in Afghanistan.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54515/afghan-led-force-captures-haqqani-facilitator-paktiya

Combined force kills, detains insurgents, destroys drug cache

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.13.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Two insurgents were killed and several others detained in a combined Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces operation, at a compound northwest of Kajaki in Helmand province.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54559/combined-force-kills-detains-insurgents-destroys-drug-cache

Afghan-led force captures Haqqani Network sub commander in Khost

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.13.2010

KABUL - An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents in Khost province Thursday, including a Haqqani Network sub commander who supplies weapons to other Haqqani commanders operating in the area.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54514/afghan-led-force-captures-haqqani-network-sub-commander-khost

Afghan-led force detains suspected insurgents in Kunduz

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.13.2010

KABUL- An Afghan and coalition security forces detained several suspected insurgents and recovered an automatic grenade launcher in Kunduz province Thursday while in pursuit of a Taliban deputy commander for Chahar Darah district.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54513/afghan-led-force-detains-suspected-insurgents-kunduz

UPDATE Afghan-led force captures Taliban sub commander in Paktiya

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.13.2010

KABUL - The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of a Taliban sub-commander involved in the facilitation, planning and execution of improvised explosive device attacks during an Afghan and coalition force operation Wednesday.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54512/update-afghan-led-force-captures-taliban-sub-commander-paktiya

Afghan soldiers, Company K Marines patrol through Sangin

Regimental Combat Team-2, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs
Date08.13.2010
Story by Cpl. Ned Johnson

SANGIN, Afghanistan – The morning started with a huge explosion as a platoon crossed a creek into unexplored territory.

Please continue to read about 3/7 Kilo here:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54503/afghan-soldiers-company-k-marines-patrol-through-sangin

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August 12, 2010

Peleliu Helicopters Launch for Pakistan Relief

By Navy Lt. j.g. Beth Gauck
Amphibious Squadron 3

INDIAN OCEAN, Aug. 12, 2010 – Two Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit launched from the flight deck of the Navy amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu today as part of the continued U.S. humanitarian assistance to Pakistan in support of flood relief from a recent monsoon.

Please continue to read about the USS Peleliu's assistance to Pakistan:

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=60406

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http://www.dodvclips.mil/?skin=oneclip&fr;_story=FRdamp374930&rf;=ev&autoplay;=true

Afghan-led security force detains suspected insurgents in Kunduz

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
08.12.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents in Kunduz province Aug. 11 while in pursuit of a Taliban and Haqqani Network sub-commander who facilitates weapons, improvised explosive device and rocket materials.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54484/afghan-led-security-force-detains-suspected-insurgents-kunduz

ANSF detain 18 suspected insurgents, rescue 2 civilian hostages in Kandahar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date08.12.2010
Location:KABUL, AF

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security Forces captured 18 suspected insurgents, rescued two civilian hostages and seized weapons and bomb making material in the Malajat District of Kandahar City Aug. 9.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/54479/ansf-detain-18-suspected-insurgents-rescue-2-civilian-hostages-kandahar

Glad you aren't here: Welcome to Afghanistan

By Cali Bagby and Dan Morrison for KVAL.com
Story Published: Aug 12, 2010

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Soldiers in Camp Leatherneck refer to Khandahar and Kabul bases as shopping malls.

Continue reading to learn about the facilities at Marjah through the eyes of the reporters embedded with the 2/6:

http://www.kval.com/news/national/100581059.html

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http://www.kval.com/news/national/100581059.html?tab=video

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http://www.kval.com/news/national/100581059.html?tab=gallery&gallery;=y&img;=0

Taliban rejects U.N. report on Afghan casualties

From Jill Dougher