Archived posts with tag ‘Marzak’

Voice of America: Key Local Afghan Police Force Slow to Catch On

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.


Voice of America: Police Mistrust Threatens US-Afghan Alliance in Key Town

The effort to shore up security in Afghanistan is shifting.

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Voice of America: Coalition Forces Train Afghan Police to Stop Taliban

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.

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Video: Meeting the Elders

Meeting with elders Ghulam Moidin and Mullah Anwar in Marzak, Afghanistan, January 2012.

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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.

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Video: Marzak Shura, Etc.

U.S. Army troops in Marzak, Afghanistan, attend a shura with locals, build a base and conduct live-fire training.

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03.02.12 ISAF, Afghan Taliban Forge Unlikely Alliance

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.

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Danger Room: Rogue Cop Threatens Shaky U.S.-Afghan Alliance

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.

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AOL Defense: Afghan Village Fight Illustrates More Lethal COIN Strategy

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.

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