5 Jun 2007

PR# 2007-420

PRT Ghazni holds shura as part of Operation Maiwand

KABUL, Afghanistan – ISAF’s Provincial Reconstruction Team Ghazni held a shura with tribal leaders June 2 as part of Operation Maiwand in an effort to improve security in the region.  Operation Maiwand started June 1 with the purpose of securing the Andar district of Ghazni province.

Approximately 600 Afghan National Security Forces and 700 ISAF troops are supporting Operation Maiwand.

“Operation Maiwand’s goal is to separate the enemy from the populace and remove the Taliban extremists from Ghazni,” said Lt. Col. David Accetta, Regional Command East spokesman. 

Provincial Reconstruction Team Ghazni officials held the shura June 2 with local tribal leaders at the boys high school.  The shura covered many topics, focusing on improving the security situation in the district. 

A ground-breaking ceremony for the start of construction on the road between Miri and Ghazni-Sharana followed the shura.  The asphalt road will link the two areas and help improve commerce, according to officials. 

Mairajuddin Pataan, Ghazni governor, asked the people of Andar district to work together, and with the Government of Afghanistan, to defeat the country’s enemies.  The shura addressed issues central to the district and its people including security within Andar, Afghan National Army progress, the importance of education and the importance of security to the economic development in Ghazni.  

Also attending the shura were Gov. Abdul Rahim Dishiwal, the Andar district sub-governor, Gen. Abdul Khali Khaliqi, the ANA commander and Maj. Gen. Abdul Fatah Firogh, the Afghan National Police commander.

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