Afghan National Police lead a patrol in the Nari District of Kunar Province in an effort to maintain security in eastern Afghanistan. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces, advised by Coalition forces, met with Kutya village elders and a tribal chief Jan. 12 in Nari District near the Pakistan border. The visit is part of ANSF operations to maintain security throughout the winter. The Afghan National Police led a security patrol through a wadi leading to the remote village. The combined patrol had to make the trip on foot as road conditions were poor leading to the village. Once they arrived, Kutya residents welcomed the team to their village. ANP leaders sat down with village elders to discuss the security situation in the valley and determine the needs of the residents. The tribal chief expressed the need for more security in the area. They said that insurgents were setting up illegal checkpoints in the area, stealing from villagers, and depleting the limited resources in Kunar and Nuristan Provinces.The elders also requested help making repairs to the village mosque, since the harsh winter weather damaged its roof and flooring. After inspecting the mosque, the ANP determined what was needed, and will coordinate with the Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team.The villagers were satisfied with the visit and happy to have the ANP ensuring security in the region.
“Afghan National Security Forces, including the ANP, are making their presence known in this remote section of Afghanistan,” said Army Maj. Christopher Belcher, Combined Joint Task Force-82 spokesman. “Making the area safe for residents in Kunar and Nuristan is a priority for the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Afghan National Police lead a patrol in the Nari District of Kunar Province in an effort to maintain security in eastern Afghanistan. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)