Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Afghan Border Police (ABP) Extend Presence into Southern Helmand Province

ABP Interacting with Children
(Photo: Cpl. Alfred Lopez, USMC)
Establishing a strong relationship with the local population is critical to any successful counterinsurgency operation.

Until recently Afghan National Security Forces have been unable to reach the people in the southern areas of Khan Neshin, Helmand province’s southernmost district.

Following Operation Highland Thunder, where Marines and sailors of 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and 3rd Bn., 3rd Marine Regiment, cleared previously unoccupied areas of Khan Neshin, Afghan Border Policemen have been able to engage with the population, ensuring their security and safety from insurgents operating in the area.

Afghan policemen with 2nd Tolai, 1st ABP Kandak, have partnered with Marines of Alpha Company, 1st LAR, to police and patrol through villages where ANSF presence was previously non-existent.

Read the rest of this story at the following link: http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86085/afghan-border-police-establish-presence-strengthen-security-khan-neshin#ixzz1qt216gN7.  Learn more about the Afghan Border Police or ABP.

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