10 Jun 2007

PR# 2007-435

ISAF, ANSF open new police checkpoint in Uruzgan

URUZGAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A new ISAF-built police checkpoint near Gulkanah opened June 9, and officials hope it will increase security for local residents while consolidating Afghan National Security Forces influence in the area.

Officials from the Government of Afghanistan and ISAF’s Task Force Uruzgan held an opening ceremony at the site near Gulkanah, signalling the importance that projects such as these hold for the future of the region.

Uruzgan’s Governor, Abdul Hakim Monib thanked ISAF for the checkpoint and said, their “hard work and kindness will always stay in Afghan minds.”

The checkpoint is the result of a recent joint ISAF/Afghan National Army project.  Australian Reconstruction Task Force engineers and their ANA counterparts completed the task in four days.

Local members of the Afghan National Police will man the checkpoint.  The new checkpoint has new sleeping and living quarters, and a wood-burning fireplace for cooking and heating.

The checkpoint’s commander, Hanif, said he is now able to do his job better.

“Usually we stay under a tent and have no services, but this is great—accommodation, cooking, and heating; we are safer and more comfortable,” Hanif said.

Uruzgan Chief of Police, General Quasim, travelled with Governor Monib for the checkpoint opening. He noted the excellent checkpoint location and said that the security in the area, which is his number one priority, would be greatly improved.

“The project has been a giant step forward for the area and is an excellent example of the healthy partnership that ANSF and ISAF enjoy,” said Lt. Col. Harry Jarvie, commander of the Australian Reconstruction Task Force.

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