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Villagers from Charmestan, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan,

Villagers from Charmestan, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan,

Villagers from Charmestan, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, speak with leaders from the Afghan National Army and their coalition force mentors Feb. 26 about the presence of a new patrol base in the area, Patrol B... More

The children of a Civil Defense Department, Fire Fighter from Ninevah, Iraq, carry pictures of their father, who died while fighting a fire at a sulfur factory with US Army (USA) Soldiers assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, wait to be seated at a ceremony to honor the valiant efforts of both groups in Al Shura, Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

The children of a Civil Defense Department, Fire Fighter from Ninevah,...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: IRAQI FREEDOM Base: Al Shura Country: Iraq (IRQ) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Michael Bracken, USA Release Status: Released to... More

US Army (USA) Soldiers assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and Members of the Ninevah Civil Defense Fire Department, stand in formation during a ceremony after the two groups successfully fought a 3 1/2 week sulfur factory fire in Al Shura, Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Army (USA) Soldiers assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and Mem...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: IRAQI FREEDOM Base: Al Shura Country: Iraq (IRQ) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Michael Bracken, USA Release Status: Released to... More

A group of Afghan locals gather together to grab water and food brought to them by American Soldiers at a shura meeting held at Baghran Valley in the morning of August 22, 2005. (U.S. Army PHOTO by PFC. Leslie Angulo) (Released)

A group of Afghan locals gather together to grab water and food brough...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: Baghran Valley State: Kandahar Country: Afghanistan (AFG) Scene Camera Operator: PFC Lesli Angulo, US... More

A group of Afghan locals gather round the streets of Baghran Valley as the American convoy enters the town for the Shura meeting schedule on the morning of August 22, 2005. Shura meetings are going on everywhere in Afghanistan to encourage people to vote on the incoming parliamentary elections on September 18, 2005. (U.S. Army PHOTO by PFC. Leslie Angulo) (Released)

A group of Afghan locals gather round the streets of Baghran Valley as...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: Baghran Valley State: Kandahar Country: Afghanistan (AFG) Scene Camera Operator: PFC Lesli Angulo, US... More

A view of a shura meeting of locals and American Officers held on August 22, 2005 at Baghran Valley, Afghanistan. Shura meetings are going on everywhere in Afghanistan to encourage people to vote on the incoming parliamentary elections on September 18, 2005. (U.S. Army PHOTO by PFC. Leslie Angulo) (Released)

A view of a shura meeting of locals and American Officers held on Augu...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: Baghran Valley State: Kandahar Country: Afghanistan (AFG) Scene Major Command Shown: 173RD AIRBORNE B... More

An Afghan man covers his face on the sight of a camera at the shura meeting held at Baghran Valley on August 22, 2005. Shura meetings are going on everywhere in Afghanistan to encourage people to vote on the incoming parliamentary elections on September 18, 2005. (U.S. Army PHOTO by PFC. Leslie Angulo) (Released)

An Afghan man covers his face on the sight of a camera at the shura me...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: Baghran Valley State: Kandahar Country: Afghanistan (AFG) Scene Camera Operator: PFC Lesli Angulo, US... More

A group of Afghan locals listen to the loud speaker that was place outside a shura meeting held at Baghran Valley between local leaders and American officers on August 22, 2005. Shura meetings are going on everywhere in Afghanistan to encourage people to vote on the incoming parliamentary elections on September 18, 2005. (U.S. Army PHOTO by PFC. Leslie Angulo) (Released)

A group of Afghan locals listen to the loud speaker that was place out...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: Baghran Valley State: Kandahar Country: Afghanistan (AFG) Scene Camera Operator: PFC Lesli Angulo, US... More

US Army (USA) Soldiers assigned to Bravo Company, 1ST Battalion, 508th Legion (2-1 Overdose), 82nd Airborne Division, pose from a group photograph with an Afghanistan National Police (ANP) Officer, after the Shura weekly meeting the village of Mainasheen, Afghanistan. A Shura meeting is elders getting together once a week with US Army (USA) Soldier from the 82nd Airborne Division to talk and solve problems in the village. Pictured left-to-right: USA Specialists (SPC) Hosein Insaaf; ANP Officer; USA Sergeant (SGT) Matthew Delacruz; and USA SGT Erick Ornelas

US Army (USA) Soldiers assigned to Bravo Company, 1ST Battalion, 508th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: Mainasheen Country: Afghanistan (AFG) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Andre' Reynolds, USA Release Status:... More

US Army (USA) Private First Class (PFC) Robert S. Lenz, assigned to Bravo Company, 1ST Battalion, 508th Legion (2-1 Overdose), 82nd Airborne Division, mans a 5.56mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), while providing security during the Shura weekly meeting the village of Mainasheen, Afghanistan. A Shura meeting is elders getting together once a week with US Army (USA) Soldier from the 82nd Airborne Division to talk and solve problems in the village

US Army (USA) Private First Class (PFC) Robert S. Lenz, assigned to Br...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: Mainasheen Country: Afghanistan (AFG) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Andre' Reynolds, USA Release Status:... More

Mr. Mohammad Sardar, an interpreter, (second left)  interprets for LT. COL. Bertrand A. Ges (Commander, Task Force Gun Devil) his message to the elders about providing help to the people of Mainasheen during the shura meeting on Sept. 5, 2005.  A Shura meeting is elders getting together once a week to talk and solve problems of the village.  A meeting in the village of Mainasheen, Afghanistan took place.  (U.S. Army photo by SGT. Andre'Reynolds)  (Released)

Mr. Mohammad Sardar, an interpreter, (second left) interprets for LT....

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: Kandahar Airfield Country: Afghanistan (AFG) Scene Major Command Shown: 173RD ARIBORNE BATTALION Scen... More

Mr. Mohammad Saleem, CHIEF of Security from the village of Mainasheen, Afghanistan, speaks to village elders during a Shura weekly meeting held with US Army (USA) Soldier from the 82nd Airborne Division, on making Mainasheen safe. A Shura meeting is elders getting together once a week to talk and solve problems in the village

Mr. Mohammad Saleem, CHIEF of Security from the village of Mainasheen,...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: Mainasheen Country: Afghanistan (AFG) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Andre' Reynolds, USA Release Status:... More

A minister from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

A minister from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

A minister from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan addresses citizens of Paktika province during a Provincial Super Shura held in Sharana Jan. 28-31. More than 600 Afghans from all 23 Districts of Paktika att... More

Villagers put veterinarian supplies in the Shib Koh

Villagers put veterinarian supplies in the Shib Koh

Villagers put veterinarian supplies in the Shib Koh District center storage room, Farah province, Afghanistan, Feb. 5. Coaliton forces along with an Afghan vetrianrian visited Shib Koh in order to treat the dis... More

A U.S. Special Forces team leader greets an Afghan

A U.S. Special Forces team leader greets an Afghan

A U.S. Special Forces team leader greets an Afghan village elder in Uruzgan province Afghanistan, April 28. Elders from the surrounding area met with U.S. Special Forces personnel to discuss security and develo... More

Zormat police chief vows reforms

Zormat police chief vows reforms

Jani Khail, Zormat District's new Afghan national police chief discusses the expectations and priorities of his policemen, Feb. 25, at the Zormat District Center, Afghanistan

Members of the Zormat District Shura discuss weekly

Members of the Zormat District Shura discuss weekly

Members of the Zormat District Shura discuss weekly issues, including the reintegration of Afghan nation police to the district, Feb. 25, at the Zormat District Center, Afghanistan.

Afghans discuss projects for the local villages during

Afghans discuss projects for the local villages during

Afghans discuss projects for the local villages during a shura held at a compound in Marjah, Feb. 12. Issues discussed included the need for bridges and other projects to improve living conditions.

Lt. Col. Andy Green, commander, 4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker

Lt. Col. Andy Green, commander, 4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker

Lt. Col. Andy Green, commander, 4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment sits alongside Col. James D. Edwards, commander, 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Afghan Highway Patrol Commander Sahib Jan, and... More

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Mills (center),

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Mills (center),

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Mills (center), commanding general 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Forward (I MEF (Fwd), and Brig. Gen. Malouk Zazay (right), Commanding Officer Afghan National Army 215th Cor... More

Lt. Col. Brian S. Christmas, commanding officer, 3rd

Lt. Col. Brian S. Christmas, commanding officer, 3rd

Lt. Col. Brian S. Christmas, commanding officer, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, prays with elders at the beginning of a shura held at Combat Outpost Coutu in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 5, ... More

Marines continue local engagement efforts despite Taliban intimidation in northern Marjah

Marines continue local engagement efforts despite Taliban intimidation...

Navy Lt. Jisun Hahn, medical officer, Combat Logistics Battalion 5, examines an Afghan child's ears after complaining of an earache during a women's medical enhancement clinic held outside Combat Outpost Coutu,... More

A lone flower in a field stands tall during an all

A lone flower in a field stands tall during an all

A lone flower in a field stands tall during an all women’s shura conducted in the Shib Koh District in Farah province, Afghanistan, July 10. The women’s shura was proposed by Haidari, who invited the FET to lis... More

Village leaders and members of Provincial Reconstruction

Village leaders and members of Provincial Reconstruction

Village leaders and members of Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul discuss the needs of the village during a shura in Zabul province, July 13. A shura is a traditional meeting where tribal elders discuss major... More

U.S. Army Maj. William Rockerfeller, the Battalion

U.S. Army Maj. William Rockerfeller, the Battalion

U.S. Army Maj. William Rockerfeller, the Battalion Operations Officer with 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, listens in during a district shura at the conclusion of Operation Strong E... More

Gov. Gulab Mangel speaks with Col Shirin Shah, 215th

Gov. Gulab Mangel speaks with Col Shirin Shah, 215th

Gov. Gulab Mangel speaks with Col Shirin Shah, 215th Corps 3rd brigade commander, and Brig. Gen. Ghulam Farooq, 215th Corps deputy commander, during a break at an election shura at Camp Shorab, Helmand, Afghani... More

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clarence Washington, Provincial

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clarence Washington, Provincial

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clarence Washington, Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul security forces squad leader, walks up a small ridge while providing security during a shura a village in Qalat District, Zabul pro... More

An Afghan elder brings bread to Georgian soldiers from

An Afghan elder brings bread to Georgian soldiers from

An Afghan elder brings bread to Georgian soldiers from Company A, 31st Georgian Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 2, and other Afghans during a shura in the Farah province, July 22. Over a local Afghan meal, re... More

Khost provincial Gov. Abdul Jabar Naeemi is welcomed

Khost provincial Gov. Abdul Jabar Naeemi is welcomed

Khost provincial Gov. Abdul Jabar Naeemi is welcomed by Spera village elders and sub-government officials prior to a shura at the Spera District Center, Khost province, Afghanistan, July 25.

Haji Abdul Manaf, Nawa district governor, makes opening

Haji Abdul Manaf, Nawa district governor, makes opening

Haji Abdul Manaf, Nawa district governor, makes opening remarks during a regional stability shura at Forward Operating Base Geronimo, Afghanistan, July 26. The shura provides a way for Afghan, coalition, milita... More

A former detainee ambraces a family member during a

A former detainee ambraces a family member during a

A former detainee ambraces a family member during a release shurs here July 29.

July 29 Shura, Afghanistan

July 29 Shura, Afghanistan

A tribal elder awaits the arrival of the former detainees at the shura here July 29.

Zabul Provincial Gov. Ashraf Naseri speaks to a group

Zabul Provincial Gov. Ashraf Naseri speaks to a group

Zabul Provincial Gov. Ashraf Naseri speaks to a group of village elders about the best location for a new school during a shura in Qalat City, Zabul province, July 31, 2010. A shura is a traditional meeting whe... More

U.S. Army Spc. Neal Perry, Provincial Reconstruction

U.S. Army Spc. Neal Perry, Provincial Reconstruction

U.S. Army Spc. Neal Perry, Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul security forces grenadier, cleans a part of a "Ma Deuce" .50-caliber M2 machine gun during his spare time at Forward Operating Base Smart, Qalat C... More

A malik from the Shinwari tribe addresses fellow tribal,

A malik from the Shinwari tribe addresses fellow tribal,

A malik from the Shinwari tribe addresses fellow tribal, coalition forces and provincial government leaders during a tribal shura in the Shinwar District here Aug. 4. The shura was called to discuss ways that t... More

Army Gen. David Petraeus (left), International Security

Army Gen. David Petraeus (left), International Security

Army Gen. David Petraeus (left), International Security Assistance Force commander; Col. Johnson, Task Force Bayonet commander; and Maj. Gen. John Campbell, Regional Command-East commander walk in Wardak Provin... More

The 1st Commando Brigade hosts a Shura with elders

The 1st Commando Brigade hosts a Shura with elders

The 1st Commando Brigade hosts a Shura with elders from nearby villages at Camp Morehead in Kabul province, Sept. 26. The Shura was an opportunity for the Commando Brigade to express their commitment to the peo... More

Lance Cpl. Jorge Martinez, a civil affairs specialist

Lance Cpl. Jorge Martinez, a civil affairs specialist

Lance Cpl. Jorge Martinez, a civil affairs specialist with 3rd Civil Affairs Group, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, pours tea for local elders and villagers at a shura, Oct. 6, in Marjah, Afghanistan. The ... More

U.S. Army Capt. Christopher Brooks, the commanding

U.S. Army Capt. Christopher Brooks, the commanding

U.S. Army Capt. Christopher Brooks, the commanding officer of Company A, 86th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and a Walpole, N.H., native, discusses education concerns with v... More

Anisa Emrani, Nangarhar Department of Women’s Affairs,

Anisa Emrani, Nangarhar Department of Women’s Affairs,

Anisa Emrani, Nangarhar Department of Women’s Affairs, addresses, women leaders from the Nangarhar province and its 22 districts. The women were brought together for the first time ever to discuss women’s issue... More

Women from the Nangarhar Department of Women’s Affairs

Women from the Nangarhar Department of Women’s Affairs

Women from the Nangarhar Department of Women’s Affairs and Nargis Radio give out radios to women leaders from Nangarhar province and its 22 districts. The women were brought together for the first time ever to ... More

Lt. Col. Mubark Sha, commanding officer for Afghanistan

Lt. Col. Mubark Sha, commanding officer for Afghanistan

Lt. Col. Mubark Sha, commanding officer for Afghanistan National Police in Marjah, addresses a crowd in front of Afghani Press during a security shura at a Marine Corps Base in Northern Marjah, Oct. 22. As part... More

Elders board Royal Air Force EH101 Merlins from 1419

Elders board Royal Air Force EH101 Merlins from 1419

Elders board Royal Air Force EH101 Merlins from 1419 Flight Squadron, Joint Aviation Group, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), for transport to a shura in Nad Ali here, Oct. 25. The Merlins transported the el... More

The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, arrives

The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, arrives

The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, arrives by helicopter at the Sharana governors compound to attend a shura with the leaders and elders of Paktika province, Nov. 2.

Narang District Sub-Gov. Haji Gulam Nabi addresses

Narang District Sub-Gov. Haji Gulam Nabi addresses

Narang District Sub-Gov. Haji Gulam Nabi addresses village elders at the Narang District Center here Nov. 2 during the Security and Development Shura. More than 100 village elders from across the district atten... More

Alisha Khan Muslimyar, cultural chief of Helmand province,

Alisha Khan Muslimyar, cultural chief of Helmand province,

Alisha Khan Muslimyar, cultural chief of Helmand province, speaks to a crowd of local elders during a shura at Marine Corps Forward Operating Base Camp Hanson, Marjah, Afghanistan, Nov. 13, to denounce the Tali... More

An Afghan man takes notes as the Tagab District Afghan

An Afghan man takes notes as the Tagab District Afghan

An Afghan man takes notes as the Tagab District Afghan National Police Commander Col. Bachagul speaks during a shura held to discuss the Guardians of Peace Reward Program at the district center in Tagab, Afghan... More

An Afghan National Army soldier talks with elders during

An Afghan National Army soldier talks with elders during

An Afghan National Army soldier talks with elders during a shura, or meeting, in Deh Afghanan to discuss security and officially open the road from the city of Qalat to Arghandab, Zabul province, Nov. 21. Secur... More

Afghan leaders meet with representatives from Paktya

Afghan leaders meet with representatives from Paktya

Afghan leaders meet with representatives from Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team during a shura at Sayed Karam, Dec. 6. They discussed local development issues and possible solutions. One part of the PRT mis... More

Villagers listen as Zabul Provincial Gov. Ashraf Naseri

Villagers listen as Zabul Provincial Gov. Ashraf Naseri

Villagers listen as Zabul Provincial Gov. Ashraf Naseri speaks during a shura, or meeting, in the district of Shinkay, Afghanistan, Dec. 8. The shura was held to discuss the issues of health, education, securit... More

An Afghan National Police officer cooks lunch for the

An Afghan National Police officer cooks lunch for the

An Afghan National Police officer cooks lunch for the elders and military members during a visit to the Deh Yak District Center, Dec. 11. The purpose of the visit was to conduct a site survey and meet with elde... More

Lance Cpl. Christopher A. Buie, a rifleman with 2nd

Lance Cpl. Christopher A. Buie, a rifleman with 2nd

Lance Cpl. Christopher A. Buie, a rifleman with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, takes a picture to enroll a local Afghan into an identification database during Operation Oasis at a bazaar in Marjah, Helmand... More

A UH-60 Blackhawk lands at Forward Operating Base Mizan

A UH-60 Blackhawk lands at Forward Operating Base Mizan

A UH-60 Blackhawk lands at Forward Operating Base Mizan after a mobile diplomacy shura near the base, Jan. 4. Provincial leaders were on hand at the shura to talk with locals about security and education, and t... More

Zabul Deputy Gov. Gulab Shah speaks to Afghan elders

Zabul Deputy Gov. Gulab Shah speaks to Afghan elders

Zabul Deputy Gov. Gulab Shah speaks to Afghan elders during a shura, or meeting, in Shinkay District, Zabul province, Afghanistan, Jan. 6. The deputy governor was in the district to discuss issues and officiall... More

Major Richard Graham, civil affairs team leader with

Major Richard Graham, civil affairs team leader with

Major Richard Graham, civil affairs team leader with Civil Affairs Group in support of 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, speaks to village elders about upcoming development projects during a... More

Afghan provincial representatives talk during a shura

Afghan provincial representatives talk during a shura

Afghan provincial representatives talk during a shura held here, Jan. 16. During the shura topics such as road improvement and agricultural development were discussed.

Coalition and Afghan journalists and spokesmen from

Coalition and Afghan journalists and spokesmen from

Coalition and Afghan journalists and spokesmen from Kandahar depart the Regional Communications Conference in Qalat City, Afghanistan, Jan. 16. More than 60 people attended the first RCC to be held outside of ... More

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steven Kremer (left) from Cherokee,

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steven Kremer (left) from Cherokee,

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steven Kremer (left) from Cherokee, Iowa, commander of Task Force Ironman, part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, TF Red Bulls, and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Roberto Garcia fro... More

Combined Team North leaders discuss security

Combined Team North leaders discuss security

Commander, Regional Command North, Maj. Gen. Hans-Werner Fritz meets with Afghan National Army 209th Corps Commander, Brig. Gen. Zalmay Wesa and Combined Team North for a security shura at Camp Marmal. ISAF's m... More

Provincial, district, local and military leaders from

Provincial, district, local and military leaders from

Provincial, district, local and military leaders from Zabul Province gather in the Tarnek wa Jaldak District Center before a mobile diplomacy shura, Jan. 19. The Zabul Provincial Gov. Ashraf Naseri also attende... More

Brig. Gen. Abdal Rahma Safi, the Paktya chief of police,

Brig. Gen. Abdal Rahma Safi, the Paktya chief of police,

Brig. Gen. Abdal Rahma Safi, the Paktya chief of police, discusses his assessment of Paktya Province’s security during a newly established weekly security meeting held at Forward Operating Base Gardez, Jan. 23.... More

Abdul Mutalib Majbor, the district governor of Marjah,

Abdul Mutalib Majbor, the district governor of Marjah,

Abdul Mutalib Majbor, the district governor of Marjah, speaks to a crowd of locals at the Izmat Bazaar in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 24. The bazaar is located in a region that has been disconne... More

Ghazni Agribusiness Development Team-IV Commander,

Ghazni Agribusiness Development Team-IV Commander,

Ghazni Agribusiness Development Team-IV Commander, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Brian Stevens, a member of the Texas Army National Guard who is an Austin, Texas, resident, speaks at the monthly district governor shura Ja... More

Spc. Hunter Lefever, Arkansas Agribusiness Development

Spc. Hunter Lefever, Arkansas Agribusiness Development

Spc. Hunter Lefever, Arkansas Agribusiness Development Team 2, enrolls a Pashtun tribesman into the Biometric Automated Toolset prior to a shura in the Surri District of Zabul province, Afghanistan. Lefever is ... More

Shura spreads governance to rural Gereshk villages

Shura spreads governance to rural Gereshk villages

The Gereshk district governor and other key military leaders held a shura with local village leaders during Operation Omid Shash, Feb. 17. The presence of these key leaders at the shura gave the people living i... More

Kuz Kunar, Nangarhar PRT discuss dispute resolution

Kuz Kunar, Nangarhar PRT discuss dispute resolution

(From left to right) Sayed Rasool, Kuz Kunar District executive officer, Najib, Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team cultural advisor, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col Michael Anderson, Nangarhar PRT commander from D... More

Massood Jan (right), district governor for Reg District,

Massood Jan (right), district governor for Reg District,

Massood Jan (right), district governor for Reg District, Helmand province, Afghanistan, visits with village elders from his district after a shura, or council meeting, at Patrol Base South Station, Helmand prov... More

TF Currahee leaders attend peace shura

TF Currahee leaders attend peace shura

The governor of Paktika province, Moheebullah Samim, addresses elders and tribesmen from the Terwa and Waza Khwah area at a peace shura March 12 at the Waza Khwah District Center. He encouraged those present to... More

U.S. Army Col. Sean M. Jenkins, commander of Task Force

U.S. Army Col. Sean M. Jenkins, commander of Task Force

U.S. Army Col. Sean M. Jenkins, commander of Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and native of Ridgefield, Conn., and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William Hambrick, command ser... More

Shah Joy village elders and guests enjoy lunch after

Shah Joy village elders and guests enjoy lunch after

Shah Joy village elders and guests enjoy lunch after the Afghan Local Police Validation Ceremony at the Shah Joy District Center, March 28. The ALP will compliment existing Afghan Uniform Police and enhance pro... More

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Johnny Saldana, Paktika Provincial

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Johnny Saldana, Paktika Provincial

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Johnny Saldana, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team squad leader, conducts a safety brief prior to leaving Forward Operation Base Sharana for a mission in Paktika province, April 4. The ... More

ISAF troops from Provincial Reconstruction Team Maimanah,

ISAF troops from Provincial Reconstruction Team Maimanah,

ISAF troops from Provincial Reconstruction Team Maimanah, Faryab Province, Regional Command North secure an area during the “clearing phase” of Operation Wahadat. The operation, which was led by Afghan national... More

A U.S. Special Forces Soldier pulls security for a

A U.S. Special Forces Soldier pulls security for a

A U.S. Special Forces Soldier pulls security for a key leader engagement near village Forward Operating Base Todd, Bala Murghab District, Badghis province, Afghanistan, April 7.

Leaders take a moment before a security shura

Leaders take a moment before a security shura

Afghan Lt. Gen. Mohammed Daud, commander, 303rd Regional Police Zone, speaks with Commander, ISAF Regional Command North, German Army Maj. Gen. Markus Kneip and Deputy, ISAF Regional Command North, U.S. Army Br... More

An Afghan girl from the village of Balish Kalay watches

An Afghan girl from the village of Balish Kalay watches

An Afghan girl from the village of Balish Kalay watches her mother speak with the provincial director of women’s affairs April 13. Many children are required to work in the local bazaar to help provide for thei... More

Col. James Blackburn talks with shop owners in the

Col. James Blackburn talks with shop owners in the

Col. James Blackburn talks with shop owners in the Now Bahar District Bazaar during a trip there, April 20. Blackburn is the commander, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment.

Tech. Sgt. Latha Caillouette checks the condition of

Tech. Sgt. Latha Caillouette checks the condition of

Tech. Sgt. Latha Caillouette checks the condition of a building near the Arghandab District Center, Zabul province, Afghanistan, April 21. Caillouette is an engineer assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul.

Army 1st Lt. Talena Melton, Paktika Provincial

Army 1st Lt. Talena Melton, Paktika Provincial

Army 1st Lt. Talena Melton, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team supply officer, listens in on the convoy and mission brief prior to heading out to the Urgun hospital for the first women's shura in the provin... More

Afghan women wash their hands prior to sharing a meal

Afghan women wash their hands prior to sharing a meal

Afghan women wash their hands prior to sharing a meal with the Women’s Empowerment Team of the Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team III at the Bagram women’s shura, April 27. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Courtney... More

An Afghan woman from the Jaji District expresses the

An Afghan woman from the Jaji District expresses the

An Afghan woman from the Jaji District expresses the need for more schools and teachers during a women’s shura held at the Gardez Women’s Development Center, May 1. Representatives from various districts and vi... More

Meeting for Afghan's trucking future

Meeting for Afghan's trucking future

Col. Michael Peterman, the commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, met with local leaders of the Balkh Province during a trucking shura at Forward Operating Base Dehdadi II, May 9. The shura addresses the b... More

Khowst Provincial Governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi addresses

Khowst Provincial Governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi addresses

Khowst Provincial Governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi addresses villagers who attended a key leader engagement held at Spera, May 17. Naeemi along with key leaders from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghan... More

Khowst Provincial Gov. Abdul Jabbar Naeemi addresses

Khowst Provincial Gov. Abdul Jabbar Naeemi addresses

Khowst Provincial Gov. Abdul Jabbar Naeemi addresses villagers at a shura in Spera, Afghanistan, May 17. Naeemi and leaders from the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Khowst province and 3rd Br... More

An Afghan National Policeman speaks with police mentors

An Afghan National Policeman speaks with police mentors

An Afghan National Policeman speaks with police mentors in the Khakrez district of southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province, May 23. The topic of discussion was the checkpoint commander's readiness as the ANP b... More

An Afghan civilian fixes his truck at a bazaar in the

An Afghan civilian fixes his truck at a bazaar in the

An Afghan civilian fixes his truck at a bazaar in the Khagrez district of southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, May 23.

PATROL BASE MATEEN, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

PATROL BASE MATEEN, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

PATROL BASE MATEEN, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Elders from the village of Tughay wait to enter the weekly shura at Patrol Base Mateen, May 27. The Sangin District Governor Mohammed Shar... More

Sabari District Gov. Qayoumi promises Afghan government

Sabari District Gov. Qayoumi promises Afghan government

Sabari District Gov. Qayoumi promises Afghan government support to Zadran tribal elders in a Zambar village shura, June 16. The district governor asked for elders to be truthful and supportive of their governme... More

Afghan women attending a female security shura at

Afghan women attending a female security shura at

Afghan women attending a female security shura at International Security Assistance Force Regional Command North headquarters along with members of RC North’s Female Engagement Team depart a UH-60A Black Hawk h... More

French army soldiers from Task Force La Fayette talk

French army soldiers from Task Force La Fayette talk

French army soldiers from Task Force La Fayette talk with two Afghan teachers and a student of Nijrab school about education and problems in the school during a women’s shura at Forward Operating Base Morales-F... More

1st Air Cavalry transports Afghan women to female security meeting

1st Air Cavalry transports Afghan women to female security meeting

Afghan women attending a female security shura at International Security Assistance Force Regional Command North headquarters along with members of RC North's Female Engagement Team depart a UH-60A Black Hawk h... More

The Day Kundi Deputy Provincial Police Chief Mohammed

The Day Kundi Deputy Provincial Police Chief Mohammed

The Day Kundi Deputy Provincial Police Chief Mohammed Bakar discusses security and development issues with coalition officials at the Day Kundi District Center, June 28, 2011. Day Kundi provincial government of... More

Village elders from the Pusht-e-Rod District and U.S.

Village elders from the Pusht-e-Rod District and U.S.

Village elders from the Pusht-e-Rod District and U.S. special operations forces soldiers conduct a shura to discuss local development and security, July 2. Coalition forces leadership were invited to the shura ... More

Kandahar Gov. Tooryalai Wesa speaks with Daman District

Kandahar Gov. Tooryalai Wesa speaks with Daman District

Kandahar Gov. Tooryalai Wesa speaks with Daman District locals and mullahs inside the new Daman District Center, Kandahar province, Daman District, Afghanistan, July 3, 2011. The Canadian army helped fund the n... More

An Afghan shura member listens to the district sub

An Afghan shura member listens to the district sub

An Afghan shura member listens to the district sub governor as he addresses the shura in Paktya province, Afghanistan, July 4. Shuras are a traditional Afghan meeting where leaders from local villages and the d... More

A young Afghan boy at the Governor’s Compound in Kandahar,

A young Afghan boy at the Governor’s Compound in Kandahar,

A young Afghan boy at the Governor’s Compound in Kandahar, Afghanistan July 5. The Governor of Kandahar Turyala Wes, Afghan National Army Maj. Gen. Marjan Shuja, Afghan commander, Combined Joint Interagency Tas... More

U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Thomas Walsh, Khowst Provincial

U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Thomas Walsh, Khowst Provincial

U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Thomas Walsh, Khowst Provincial Reconstruction Team civil affairs non-commissioned officer-in-charge from Chicago, addresses an audience during a young men’s shura at the Tirzaye District Cen... More

Elders of Waghez District gathered at a shura at the

Elders of Waghez District gathered at a shura at the

Elders of Waghez District gathered at a shura at the in Waghez District Center to discuss security with government and coalition forces July 17. (Photo by Polish army 2nd Lt. Anna Wislocka, Task Force White Eag... More

Lt. Asef Balball, left, a Navy chaplain, speaks with

Lt. Asef Balball, left, a Navy chaplain, speaks with

Lt. Asef Balball, left, a Navy chaplain, speaks with Afghan National Army soldiers during a Mullah shura at Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan. The shura allowed members of the Afghan National Army and Regimental Combat T... More

U.S. special operations team members engage local residents

U.S. special operations team members engage local residents

U.S. special operations team members engage local residents and village elders during a shura in Shinia, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, July 26. Shura leaders discussed security and development in the area as a... More

PATROL BASE FULOD, Sangin, Helmand province, Afghanistan

PATROL BASE FULOD, Sangin, Helmand province, Afghanistan

PATROL BASE FULOD, Sangin, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Afghan boys talk amongst themselves about a poster depicting a completed canal project in Gorgai Village at a shura held by the district finance and ad... More

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