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Special Report

From the Secretary

Let’s be clear that the date of July 2011 to begin transferring security responsibility and thinning our troops and bringing them home is firm. What is 'conditions based' is the pacing at which our troops will come home and the pace at which we will turn over responsibility to the Afghans. And that will be based on conditions on the ground.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates
ABC Face the Nation
Washington, D.C.
Dec. 6, 2009
December 1, 2009

Top Stories

Gates Seeks 'Ground
Truth' in Afghanistan

KABUL, March 8, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is visiting Afghanistan to get what he called the “ground truth” from servicemembers. Story

McChrystal Details
Lessons of Marja Offensive

KABUL, March 8, 2010 – The Taliban flag no longer flies over Marja, and the operations in the central region of Helmand province have lessons for the rest of Afghanistan, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in the country said. Story

Training, Investment Create Sustainable Afghan Army

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2010 – Training and financial investment are critical elements in helping Afghanistan’s security forces become self-sufficient. Story

Nine Nations Support
Afghan Training Effort

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2010 – The United States and eight other nations are supplying trainers and advisors to Afghanistan to help it train and develop its growing army. Story

Seabees Bring More
Support to Afghanistan Surge

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2010 – Two additional battalions of U.S. Navy Seabees are being deployed to Afghanistan in support of the 30,000-troop surge ordered by President Barack Obama in December. Story

Rehearsal Preps 101st
For Afghanistan Mission

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2010 – As his staff wraps up the final mission rehearsal exercise before taking command of Afghanistan’s Regional Command East this summer, the 101st Airborne Division commander is enjoying a new-found luxury: the ability to focus his entire training effort on a single combat theater. Story

Route-clearance Soldiers Experience Firsts

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan, Feb. 4, 2010 –Active-duty Army and National Guard members retrained to perform route-clearance patrols in Afghanistan experienced many “firsts” during their maiden mission. Story

More Campbell Troops
To Deploy to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2010 – The 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division will deploy to Afghanistan as part of the surge of American troops into that country, Defense Department officials said. Story

Conference Boosts International Afghanistan Support

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 27, 2010 – Joined by fellow National Guardsmen from Georgia, Kansas, South Dakota and Washington, Missouri’s “Houn’ Dawgs” are sniffing out improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan and rendering them harmless. Story

Guardsmen Hunt Roadside Bombs in Afghanistan

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 27, 2010 – Joined by fellow National Guardsmen from Georgia, Kansas, South Dakota and Washington, Missouri’s “Houn’ Dawgs” are sniffing out improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan and rendering them harmless. Story

Commanders Look to Boost Security Force Training

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2009 – Preparations are under way for the arrival of soldiers in Afghanistan to focus on a key goal of the troop surge: recruiting, equipping and training Afghan security forces. Story

Army, Marines Adjust
‘Reset’ for Afghan Buildup

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2009 – As the military answers President Barack Obama’s order to reinforce efforts in Afghanistan, the Army and Marine Corps are adjusting their plans to redeploy working and serviceable equipment. Story

ISAF Commander

The additional capability we are building translates into credibility in the minds of Afghans, who demand proof not only that we want to protect them, but that we can. In a war of perceptions where the battlefield is the mind of an Afghan elder, the hope of an Afghan mother, the aspirations of an Afghan child, this can be decisive.
U.S. Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal
House Armed Services Committee
Dec. 8, 2009

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South Dakota Engineers Stay on Mission

NEAR SHARAN, Afghanistan, Dec. 16, 2009 -- Driving headlong into the abyss that is Afghanistan's hinterlands is never easy, especially for route-clearance combat engineers – even if the veterans of the 211th Engineer Company of the South Dakota Army National Guard make it look that way. Story



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