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Dunbar's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (third award), the Army Commendation Medal (fourth award), the Army Achievement Medal (sixth award), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, the Ranger Tab, ...
Last year, 3,438 civilians were killed and 7,015 wounded during fighting in Afghanistan, according to the United Nations. In addition to the Taliban, Afghan and coalition military forces are pushing back against elements of ISIS that have attempted to establish themselves in the country. Mr. Ensher said a ...

“As I reflected on the last 18 to 24 months,” Dunford said, “it really was the Afghan special security forces, with our special operations advisors, that have actually bought the time and space that allows us to implement the South Asia strategy.” The current U.S. and coalition campaign in Afghanistan “is not ...
The chairman called the operation a “textbook example” of a combined arms operation. “This is what we've wanted to do for a long time,” he added. This is an example of what Afghan forces can do with coalition help, Dunford said, and Afghans can integrate coalition capabilities into their campaign plans ...
The incoming grand coalition government is preparing a massive expansion of Bundeswehr (Armed Forces) operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan. No sooner had the membership of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) voted for the continuation of the government alliance with the Christian ...
The strike is a milestone for the AAF, as it is trying to wean itself off of its dependence on air support from the NATO-led Coalition. The strike ... The Afghan Air Force (AAF) has conducted its first airstrike with laser-guided bombs, according to a press release from NATO's Operation Resolute Support mission.

One of the Afghan Air Force's A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft has finally dropped a laser-guided bomb in combat. That the pilot chose to employ a precision weapon for fear of hitting nearby civilians underscores the importance of the capability, despite the NATO-led international coalition continuing ...
Afghan Commandos provide mounted security during a clearing operation in Shnah Kanda village, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, December 11, 2017. ... ISIS-K began suffering losses, as they found themselves fighting the Pakistani and Afghani governments, the NATO Coalition, and the Taliban all at the same time.
An airstrike hits an ISIS-K fighting position during Afghan commando offensive operations in Mohmand Valley, Nangarhar province, on Feb. ... James Hecker, the commander of the coalition's air command in Afghanistan, told reporters Wednesday that there has been a “change in weight of effort” recently in ...
WASHINGTON - Afghanistan has become the US Air force's main theatre of operations following troop reductions in Iraq and Syria, a top commander said Wednesday. ... He noted that coalition aircraft conducted on average 25 strikes a week in 2017 while Afghan pilots carried out some 40 strikes weekly.
The group's main focus had remained on Kashmir, but it also expanded its operations to neighboring Afghanistan. ... for Aminullah "as an improvised explosive device (IED) expert in Kunar province, Afghanistan, where he deployed IEDs targeting Afghan and coalition forces,” the Treasury statement said.
The U.S.-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes in support of Afghan security forces since the end of 2014 when NATO and U.S. forces ended their combat mission in the country. Afghan officials had in the past stressed deaths of civilians during operations would further undermine the war against ...
A capable medical system standing by to give lifesaving aid reassures U.S., coalition and, especially, the Afghan forces who go on operations alongside them, the officials said. Clay has treated government troops here who were wounded while exhibiting “extreme bravery,” such as going first to clear a ...
James Hecker, commander of coalition air forces in Afghanistan. "We never ... By the time the MOAB arrived in theater, coalition forces were close to Baghdad. It would be 14 ... With ISIS fighters going underground in Iraq and Syria, US Central Command has made Afghanistan the priority for air operations.
7 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber has joined Afghan and coalition aircrafts to pound insurgents' positions in northern Afghan provinces, ... Over the past 96 hours, U.S. forces conducted air operations to strike Taliban training facilities in Badakhshan province, preventing the planning and ...
Afghan security forces keep watch as smoke rises from the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, January 21, 2018. Three successive administrations have struggled to handle the most prolonged conflict in U.S. history. Omar Sobhani/Reuters. Hagel said the U.S. and its international coalition had also lost control ...
I ask the U.S.: Does your operation in Afghanistan, which you launched more than 10 years ago, have a certain time frame? When will it be completed? You are ... Turkey's “Operation Olive Branch” on the YPG came after the U.S.-led international coalition against ISIL said in a Jan. 14 statement that it would ...

The heavily concentrated IS fighters appeared to be massing for movement, showing that "the fight to liberate Syria is far from over," said Major General James Jarrard, the commanding general who heads the U.S.-led Special Operations task force targeting the Islamic State. Last week, Secretary of State ...
Resolute Support, as the international military coalition in Afghanistan is known, said they killed 1,600 Daesh fighters in 2017. Afghan officials share the belief that increased operations have largely yielded positive change, but questions remain over who is being targeted. Wahidullah, an employee at a ...
The United States is also rotating new equipment and personnel to Afghanistan. As anti-Islamic State operations conclude in Iraq and Syria, the US military will be reallocating a range of military hardware including drones, helicopters, ground vehicles, and artillery. Refueling aircraft are already enabling ...
In December, Mr. Ghani's government, with the help of the NATO coalition, which still controls Afghan airspace, refused Mr. Noor's plane permission to to fly to ... of the Blackwater private security firm, who has recently proposed a greater role for privatized security and intelligence operations in Afghanistan.
The goal is to make sure Marine intelligence elements and their troops on the ground in Afghanistan receive the information in a timely manner, which could be especially important for assisting in Afghan or other coalition operations against fleeting, time sensitive targets, such as small groups of insurgents ...
During a recent operation, Afghan troops used drones known as ScanEagle to identify targets that were later destroyed by Afghan attack controllers. A marines ... Officials said the Afghan government has been relying more heavily on its own coordinators and less on coalition forces to direct attack planes.
Eight years ago, in fact, Marines, Afghans and others were poised to retake the same patch of ground and roll in a “government in a box” in one of the war's largest operations, which coalition commanders were confident would mark the beginning of the end of the Taliban insurgency. Afghan air force ...
Afghan security forces and the NATO-led coalition troops have beefed up security operations and airstrikes against militants as the war-weary people are facing upsurges in attacks by Taliban and IS militants across the country. The IS group, which emerged in Nangarhar in early 2015, has yet to make ...
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Up to 21 Taliban militants were killed in southern Afghan province of Helmand as Afghan and coalition forces continued in mopping-up operations, provincial government spokesman said Monday. The latest operations and airstrikes in Gereshk and ...
The brigade team served as the logistics headquarters for the entire theater of operations in Afghanistan and oversaw a larger task force that provided supplies, maintenance of equipment and vehicles and transportation to support about 9,000 U.S. and coalition forces. Soldiers from the Special Troops ...
The ATACs worked side by side with coalition advisors to direct notional airstrikes onto simulated targets in preparation for upcoming operations in the province. The setting replicated a real-world combat scenario in which Afghan air force MD-530 helicopters would destroy Taliban staging areas and other ...
A U.S. Special Forces soldier, attached to Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, sets fire to a field of marijuana, found outside of a compound ... The new strategy is conditions based -- meaning the coalition will remain in place until conditions improve to the point that Afghan forces can maintain ...
KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. and Afghan special operations are preparing an offensive against Islamic State enclaves in northwestern Afghanistan, where ... from the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command load a C-130J aircraft for movement to test the feasibility of multiple airfield runways for coalition ...
While conventional Afghan soldiers and police struggle to hold their ground against insurgents, the country's special forces have been a rare success story, routinely responding first to attacks and leading the majority of offensive operations. Now the U.S.-led coalition is backing a plan to nearly double the ...
Afghan security forces and the coalition troops have beefed up security operations and airstrikes against militants as the war-weary people are facing upsurges in attacks by Taliban and Islamic State (IS) militants across the country. On Tuesday, Afghan intelligence agency confirmed the death of Omar ...
KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan intelligence agency says scores of al Qaeda figures, including senior leader Omar Khetab, have been killed in joint operations with coalition forces in the country's eastern and southern provinces. The National Directorate of Security said in a statement on Tuesday that ...
The use of air power has surged since mid-2016, when the Obama administration approved new rules of engagement that allowed U.S. warplanes to open fire in support of Afghan operations, not just to defend coalition forces. It is expected to rise further after the Trump administration sent nearly 4,000 ...
3 in eastern Parwan province where Bagram Airfield, the main base of coalition forces, is located. At the same time, Afghan security forces and the NATO-led coalition troops have beefed up security operations and airstrikes as Taliban militants and Islamic State fighters are attempting to take territory and ...
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Six Afghan Air Force members became the first ever AAF UH-60 Black Hawk pilots, after graduation from ... personal relationships, to create professional Afghan Airmen capable of planning, leading, employing and sustaining decisive airpower operations.
KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan intelligence agency says scores of al Qaeda figures, including senior leader Omar Khetab, have been killed in joint operations with coalition forces in the country's eastern and southern provinces. The National Directorate of Security said in a statement on Tuesday that ...
The use of air power has surged since mid-2016, when the Obama administration approved new rules of engagement that allowed U.S. warplanes to open fire in support of Afghan operations, not just to defend coalition forces. It is expected to rise further after the Trump administration sent nearly 4,000 ...
An Afghan Air Force leader meets with Special Tactics Airmen from the Air Force Special Operations Command to discuss plans to increase airpower at ... landing strips to increase the operational reach of coalition and Afghan aircraft for reconnaissance, troop delivery, and strategic air support operations.
“About four out of every five operations are now conducted independent of [NATO] coalition support,” he said. “[This is] proof that using U.S. and NATO counterterrorism personnel to help train, advise, and assist their Afghan partners is an effective strategy.” In October, the commander of the U.S. and NATO ...
The Taliban's use of hard cover has been a long-standing issue for American and other coalition troops in Afghanistan, as well as their Afghan allies. ... According to the public affairs official, the very first of these missions in support of the U.S. military's Operation Freedom's Sentinel and the NATO-led ...
Operations under the new permissions have already begun, as Afghan and coalition forces struck the source of the Taliban's finances: the narcotics trade. "In just over three days' worth of operations, the Afghan 215th Corps, their special forces commandos, their air force, in close cooperation with U.S. ...
The expanded operations in Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia are further ... One in five of the coalition strikes we identified resulted in civilian ...
The coalition's ability and responsiveness to develop and prosecute ISIL ... America's reliance on airpower for lethal operations in Afghanistan, ...
Coalition forces accompanied Afghan commandos on the raid, which ... of offensive operations against the Taliban and the local ISIS affiliate.
At present, Afghan special operations units, including its special forces, ... to zero in on U.S. and coalition personnel and their Afghan partners.
The service member died as a result of wounds sustained during operations in restive Logar province, 60 km south of Afghan capital of Kabul ...
The new vision for a special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan ... The CIA is also reported to be expanding its covert operations in Afghanistan. ... and coalition efforts and who would report directly to the president.
The government of Afghanistan's territorial control has declined to its ... from Afghan coalition air operations in the first nine months of 2017, ...
... Air Force combat search and rescue unit in Afghanistan is about to ... of the end of official coalition combat operations in 2014, the Air Force ...


 

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