U.S.-led coalition forces are racing against the clock to train a new local police force in one vital Afghan town. But it is not easy convincing eligible men to enlist.
Archived posts with tag ‘Marzak’
The effort to shore up security in Afghanistan is shifting.
Two years before the scheduled departure of foreign forces from Afghanistan, the U.S.-led coalition is trying to shore-up security by blocking key Taliban supply lines.
Video: Meeting the Elders
Meeting with elders Ghulam Moidin and Mullah Anwar in Marzak, Afghanistan, January 2012.
Video: Afghan Police Recruitment
U.S. Army MPs and Alpha 2-28 Infantry conduct police recruitment and deliver medical care in Marzak, Paktika, Afghanistan, in January 2012.
Video: Marzak Shura, Etc.
U.S. Army troops in Marzak, Afghanistan, attend a shura with locals, build a base and conduct live-fire training.
PAKTIKA, Afghanistan — The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan has an unusual new strategy for defeating the Taliban in one key eastern town: join them.
PAKTIKA, Afghanistan — Mohamed Aman came bearing a list. The lean, middle-aged native of Marzak — an isolated Afghan village sitting astride a key Taliban supply route in northern Paktika province — showed up at Forward Operating Base Sharana in late 2011, with 45 names scrawled on a sheet of paper.
MARZAK, Afghanistan — In the middle of the night on July 23, U.S. Special Forces infiltrated a bowl-shaped valley in Paktika Province in remote eastern Afghanistan. Their target: a major Taliban encampment just outside this, which hadn’t had a government presence in decades. Taliban fighters had been using Marzak as a rest stop on the long road between Pakistan and Afghanistan’s major cities.