ISAF Photo of the Week 2009

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Train the trainer

A member of the 7th Kandak Afghan Border Police, watches as one of his men practices aiming while moving during a week-long training exercise at the 7th Kandak Headquarters Compound in Garmsir, Afghanistan, Nov. 19, 2009. Marines from the Police Mentor Team from 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, headed a week-long training evolution, which taught the border police basic police tactics, and eventually allowed them to train themselves.


Afghanistan in children's eyes

Afghanistan in children's eyes


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Afghan Generations

Kids in the returnee camp play with their grandmother at their home, located outside Ghazni City. The residents of the camp, returnees from Pakistan and Iran, fled Afghanistan in the 90's during the Taliban takeover. There are approximately 1,000 residents of the area. Provincial Reconstruction Team-Ghazni traveled to the camp to bring shoes to the children. 


One team, one climb

An Afghan commando steadies a fellow team member as he negotiates the rocky trail, Chak District, Wardak Province, Afghanistan, on 14 October 2009.


Waiting to board

Australian and Afghan soldiers sit with their gear ready to board US Black Hawks as part of an air mobile operation to the east of Tarin Kowt in Southern Afghanistan.


Getting to know each other

An Afghan national army soldier speaks with the elder of one of the villages visited on 23 September during Operation Gator Crawl.


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ISAF assists ANA leaders

Afghan National Army (ANA) leaders, assisted by ISAF forces, plan a massive operation to clear insurgents out of the village of Shewan, in September 2009. The operation will provide a permanent security presence in the area, considered a safe haven for insurgents and crossroads for distribution of drugs and weapons.


Patrolling Afghan villages

FEYZABAD, Afghanistan - German Soldiers from Provincial Recontruction Team (PRT) Feyzabad travel through Feyzabad as a shepherd herds his sheep through a road. Members of the PRT conduct patrols in the villages of Badakhshan to ensure security of Afghan civilians.

Friendly duel

Australian soldier challenges Afghan Boy at arm wrestling.

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2009 Elections: a crucial step for Afghans

An Afghan elder shows his purple inked finger to indicate that he voted during the Presidential and Provincial Council elections in Barg e Matal, Nuristan Province, on 20 August. Afghan village elders are considered to be the role models and leaders among the Afghan civilians.

Night vision

ISAF soldier scans for threats during an air-assault mission to search Khost province, eastern Afghanistan, as part of Operation Champion Sword, on 4 August 2009. Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) teamed up for the joint operation, targeting insurgents in that Afghan area

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New Zealand PRT works to secure, develop Bamyan

Two members of the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) provide security in Shebar district, Bamyan Province, on 23 July. In addition to security, New Zealand Defense Force TG Crib 14 works closely with government officials to tailor development programs in Bamyan.

Building understanding

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier spends time speaking with children in the southern Afghan village of Qambaran during a humanitarian assistance mission. ANA soldiers led the mission as they were escorted by ISAF forces.

The way ahead

ISAF Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team (OMLT) Leader discusses the patrol route with the Deputy Commander of Australian Forces in Afghanistan, Brigadier John Caligari, during a brief halt in a joint Australian and Afghan patrol in southern Afghanistan.

Marines take position in Helmand

As thousands of Marines arrive in Afghanistan, air conditioned tents stand ready.

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ISAF supports reconstruction in Kandahar

A Canadian construction supervisor from ISAF talks with an Afghan contractor about the work requested for a renovation project in Kandahar.

About 2500 Canadian soldiers are currently serving in Afghanistan. Most of them are stationed at Kandahar Airfield, Camp Nathan Smith and various Forward Operating Bases (FOB) across Kandahar Province. Other personnel are assigned to various military headquarters, a support base, and civilian organizations.

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Before the search

An Australian soldier mentors an Afghan National Army soldier on selecting the best firing position as the patrol they are on secures a quala (local national compound) prior to the building being searched for insurgent caches. The Australian soldiers are drawn from the Darwin based 7th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment. They are partnered with the ANA 2nd Kandak (Battalion) from the 4th “Hero” Brigade.

ISAF, Afghans share view on operations

Afghan leaders speak amongst themselves during a meeting at Forward Operating Base Delaram, Farah province, on 17 April. ISAF representatives met with Afghan officials and community leaders in Delaram to discuss the progress of ongoing operations and the future of Afghanistan.

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Providing internet access to Afghans

Named after the Great Silk Road trading route linking Asia and Europe, the NATO Virtual Silk Highway (SILK) provides affordable, high-speed Internet access via satellite to the academic communities of the Caucasus and Central Asia. The SILK project is operational at Kabul University, Afghanistan, since 2006, and is now looking into expanding the network to the provinces.

Afghan police and elders deepen ties

A Mazen Ahmadi village elder located outside Shouz in the Shindand District of the Herat Province thanks an Afghan National Police (ANP) officer for bringing food, coal, shoes and toys to the village of 300 on 18 April 2009. The ANP distributed the humanitarian aid assistance to the village elders to be handed out to individual families later. Additional security for the delivery of assistance was provided by Afghan Regional Security Integration Command-West (ARSIC-W) and ISAF forces.

New blanket

Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier wraps a young Afghan boy in a new blanket during a humanitarian assistance mission in Qambaran, in the western Farah Province of Afghanistan. ANA soldiers led the mission and were escorted by ISAF forces. The mission was aimed at building relationships with the villagers while driving a wedge between the local people and insurgents in a known hostile environment.


ANA on patrol

Afghan National Army soldiers patrol in Feyzabad, northern Afghanistan, on 29 January 2009.


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Construction Equipment Transport

Canadian military ‘Riggers’ working in Kandahar for the National Support Element, attach a load to a CH-147 Chinook helicopter prior to commencing hoisting drills at Kandahar Airfield, February 18, 2009.


ANA reaches out to Afghan villagers

A Safidbarah village elder greets Afghan National Army 207th Corps soldiers upon their arrival to his village on 19 February. ANA 207th Corps of Camp Zafar and ISAF Spanish OMLT of Regional Command-West delivered food and winter supplies to the village in western Afghanistan to help them make it through to summer.


Committed to the next generation

MAIDEN SHAHR, Afghanistan - A Turkish soldier interacts with a child at the Wardak central Market during a tour of the province with members of the Turkish Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) on 9 December 2008.


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Explosives awareness training

GURESHK, Afghanistan - A soldier of the Royal Engineers Joint Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) group conducts mine awareness training with members of the Afghan National Army at Forward Operating Base Kenan on 28 January 2009. Military leaders at Task Force Helmand are beginning a rigorous mine awareness campaign wih local residents, Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army to teach proper identification and marking of unexploded ordinance with the goal of reducing civilian casualties from accidental handling of explosive devices.

Working with and mentoring the Afghan army

German soldiers from the ISAF German Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) Six patrols the streets of Mazar-e-Sharif with a soldier from the Afghan National Army 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 209th Corps, on 11 February.

Unity starts here

German mentor shakes hands with fellow Afghan soldier from the 209 Corps in Feyzabad, Afghanistan. Operational Mentor and Liaison Teams are NATO-ISAF's key contribution to the training of the Afghan National Army.

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ISAF supports winterization efforts

An NGO representative and an ISAF British soldier hand an Afghan refugee camp resident three blankets to help her get through the cold winter months, downtown Kabul, on 24 January.

Preparing for free elections

Afghan citizen registers to vote at the Voters’ Registration Center for men in Farah City on 8 January 2009. Up to 400 Afghan people a day - men and women - were reported to register to vote in Farah City during the third phase of the voter registration process which took place in six Afghan Provinces (Laghman, Nangarhar, Khost, Paktika, Zabul and Farah) between 13 December and 11 January. The fourth and last phase of the registration process will be led in the Uruzgan, Kandahar, Helmand and Nimroz provinces from the 20th January onwards.

Afghan girls shine

Young girls play during a humanitarian aid delivery by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the village of Shamal Gah, western Afghanistan, on 8 January. The ANA delivered food and winter clothes to villager members in need.

Operation Sond Chara

Royal Marine Commandos take part in Operation Sond Chara, launched by ANSF and ISAF troops in Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province to bring stabilization to the district and to increase security to Lashkar Gah and set safe conditions for voter registration later this year.