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In response to the events of September 11, 2001, the U.S. and its allies launched an invasion of Afghanistan
to overthrow the Taliban regime and destroy the al-Qaeda terrorist network it supported. In the years since, the International Security Assistance Force, under NATO leadership, has taken charge of extensive provincial reconstruction and stabilization efforts, helping set the economic, political and security conditions for the growth of an effective, democratic national government in Afghanistan. As the lead member of the international coalition, the U.S. contributes troops to both the ISAF mission and Operation Enduring Freedom, tasked with pursuing al-Qaeda throughout Afghanistan’s inhospitable border region with Pakistan.
SECURITY & STABILIZATION
Airmen Mentor Afghan Air Corps Counterparts
CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan, Aug. 5, 2007 From firefighters to aircraft mechanics to squadron commanders, a group of U.S. Air Force airmen are mentoring and training their Afghan National Army Air Corps counterparts here in the Afghanistan's capital. Story
Morin: Afghan National Army on Right Track
WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2007 The Afghan National Army is developing into a professional force, and its soldiers have the will to fight and, if need be, die for their country, the top enlisted leader in U.S. Central Command said. Story
Program Connects Volunteers with Mission
CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan, Aug. 3, 2007 Dozens of joint servicemembers delivered clothing and supplies to a local refugee camp near Kabul recently as part of a volunteer community relations program offered by the garrison chaplains here. Story
Airmen Support Historic Change of Command
KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan, Aug. 1, 2007 -- Airmen provided support for a historic change-of-command ceremony that brought the International Security and Assistance Force's largest operating base here under NATO control, July 31. Story
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Royal Air Force Air Commodore Ashley Stevenson (right) takes command of Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, from U.S. Army Col. Richard L. Stevens, July 31. Presiding over the historic change-of-command ceremony is Royal Netherlands Maj. Gen. Freek Meulman (left), the International Security Assistance Force deputy commander for air. The ceremony culminated a year-long effort to bring Kandahar under NATO control. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jim Varhegyi  Hi-Res Photo
RECONSTRUCTION & OPPORTUNITY
National Guard Soldiers Address Poppy Problem

SHINDAND, Afghanistan, July 31, 2007 - Afghan and international forces are trying to solve Afghanistan's poppy problem and maximize legitimate agricultural food crops. Story

Army Engineers Repair Levee for Neighborhood

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan, July 30, 2007 — Army engineers completed repairs to an aged levee in the Sira Qala village of Sharan district in Paktika province July 10.Story

Summit Provides View of Engineering Efforts

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 11, 2007 — The United States Army Corps of Engineers recently held an Engineering Summit to familiarize military leaders and contractors with the overall Afghanistan engineering efforts here.Story

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U.S. Army 1st Lt. Gris Babcock and Capt. Ray Gilmore, 207th Regional Security Assistance Command, inspect the quality of grapes being grown near the site of the new agricultural research center in Shindand, Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col. Charles S. Kohler  Hi-Res Photo
GOVERNANCE & DEMOCRACY
Karzai Thanks Bush, Americans for Support
WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2007 – Afghan President Hamid Karzai today thanked President Bush and the American people for helping liberate and secure his country. Story
Karzai, Bush to Discuss Security Concerns
WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2007 – Beginning a two-day meeting today with President Bush at Camp David, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he’s ready to roll up his sleeves and talk about security concerns affecting his country. Story
Army Operation Links People to Government
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, July 19, 2007 — Paratroopers with 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, conducted air assault missions as part of Operation Diablo-Dragnet the end of June.Story
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President George W. Bush and Laura Bush walk with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan during an arrival ceremony at Camp David, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007. White House photo by Eric Draper  Hi-Res Photo
LIFE ON THE GROUND
Air Force Chaplain Shares Faith with Afghans
CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan, Aug. 5, 2007 – From sitting down to lunch with Afghan mullahs, or Islamic leaders, to performing Catholic Mass for international servicemembers, one Air Force chaplain is experiencing a deployment here in Kabul that is very different than others he’s had in the past. Story
Children Start Field Trip on Chinook Helicopter

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, July 31, 2007 — A class of nearly 20 young Afghan boys and their instructors took an unusual route for their class trip July 25.   Story

Afghans, Coalition Provide Humanitarian Aid

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, July 20, 2007 — On July 13 Task Force Phoenix soldiers, airmen, and sailors from Kandahar Air Field, Forward Operating Base Lindsey, and the Afghan National Army 205th Hero Camp joined forces to provide medical and humanitarian assistance support to the village of Alizay Kulay in Kandahar, Afghanistan..Story

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U.S. Air Force Chaplain Lt. Col. Michael Weber leads the Catholic daily mass at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 23, 2007. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jim Varhegyi Hi-Res Photo
EXTERNAL RESOURCES
International Security Assistance Force United States Central Command
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
U.S. Agency for International Development - Provincial Reconstruction Teams Afghanistan Country Profile
White House Fact Sheet: Increasing Support to the People of Afghanistan Pakistan Country Profile