Task Force Iron Rakkasan Supports Parliamentary Elections In Afghanistan

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Pfc. Ryan L. Carson of Richmond, Va., a member of the Company Intelligence Support Team with Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, and an Afghan National Police officer search the nearby hillside just prior to a more than three-hour firefight at the Shege East ANP checkpoint Sept. 18.

An estimated two dozen insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and small arms at the post in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province.

International Security Assistance Forces and ANP responded in kind with small arms, heavy machine gun and mortar fire.

Neither ISAF nor ANP personnel were injured during the attack.

(Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Command View

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Michael Lawrence (right), 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, examines election security from a high position in Taji, Iraq, March 7, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Venessa Hernandez

Shadow Warrior

A U.S. Army soldier guards a window of a building in Baghdad, March 7, 2010. He is assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Brigade, which was securing a patrol base near a voting poll during Iraqi election day. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Advin Illa-Medina

U.S., Iraqi Forces Secure Election Sites

Election posters cover a building under construction in Babil Province Feb. 15. Election site security is a top concern for U.S. and Iraqi forces, who have been training together to ensure the sites are safe for the Iraqi citizens during the March 7 national elections. Photo: Spc. Samuel Soza, USDS Public Affairs.

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Khost City Patrols

Coalition forces patrol the streets of Khost city in Khost province, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2009. The patrols were intended to promote security and began before the recent national elections. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Freire

Coalition forces patrol the streets of Khost city in Khost province, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2009. The patrols were intended to promote security and began before the recent national elections. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Freire

Ballot Count

Afghan presidential election workers count and organize election ballots at a local school in Helmand province's Nawa district, Afghanistan, Aug. 21, 2009. The school was used as a polling site for national presidential elections, and U.S. and Afghan forces provided security. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. William Greeson

Afghan presidential election workers count and organize election ballots at a local school in Helmand province's Nawa district, Afghanistan, Aug. 21, 2009. The school was used as a polling site for national presidential elections, and U.S. and Afghan forces provided security. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. William Greeson

Afghanistan National Election Day Helicopter Patrol

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A U.S. Army UH-58 Kiowa helicopter flies above Afghanistan’s Kunar province, providing aerial security during Afghanistan’s second national elections, Aug. 20. Afghan National Security Forces were responsible for security of polling locations during the elections, while International Security Assistance Force service members stood by to provide secondary security, if needed. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew C. Moeller, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A U.S. Army UH-58 Kiowa helicopter flies above Afghanistan’s Kunar province, providing aerial security during Afghanistan’s second national elections, Aug. 20. Afghan National Security Forces were responsible for security of polling locations during the elections, while International Security Assistance Force service members stood by to provide secondary security, if needed. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew C. Moeller, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Voting Line

Afghans wait in line to vote as Afghan police provide security shortly after a polling site opens in the Khas Kunar district in Kunar province, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2009. Afghans in the area participated in the nation’s second national election as they came to vote for their country’s president. Photo courtesy of Afghan National Army

Afghans wait in line to vote as Afghan police provide security shortly after a polling site opens in the Khas Kunar district in Kunar province, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2009. Afghans in the area participated in the nation’s second national election as they came to vote for their country’s president. Photo courtesy of Afghan National Army

Village Observers

Villagers watch as Afghan police unload election materials from an Afghan National Army Air Corps Mi-17 in the remote village of Azra, Afghanistan, Aug. 17, 2009. During a two-day period, U.S. Air Force mentors from the 438th Air Expeditionary Advisor Group and Afghan pilots delivered ballots, polling kits, tables and chairs to remote Afghan locations to support the elections. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Thomas Dow

Villagers watch as Afghan police unload election materials from an Afghan National Army Air Corps Mi-17 in the remote village of Azra, Afghanistan, Aug. 17, 2009. During a two-day period, U.S. Air Force mentors from the 438th Air Expeditionary Advisor Group and Afghan pilots delivered ballots, polling kits, tables and chairs to remote Afghan locations to support the elections. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Thomas Dow

U.S. Soldiers And ANA Prepare For Upcoming Elections

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army 1st Lt. Alex Armstrong, a platoon leader with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, and his interpreter discuss the status of development projects with Qudadaah, a village elder on Aug. 5, in Qala, Afghanistan. The visit to Qala was part of Operation Mountain Warrior Fox, which included a visit to several villages in the Chapa Dara district of Kunar province. Afghan National Army soldiers on the mission were conducting preparation for upcoming elections scheduled for Aug. 20. Armstrong, a native of Hicksville, Ohio, is deployed with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Carson, Colo. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher W. Allison, 55th Signal Company)

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army 1st Lt. Alex Armstrong, a platoon leader with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, and his interpreter discuss the status of development projects with Qudadaah, a village elder on Aug. 5, in Qala, Afghanistan. The visit to Qala was part of Operation Mountain Warrior Fox, which included a visit to several villages in the Chapa Dara district of Kunar province. Afghan National Army soldiers on the mission were conducting preparation for upcoming elections scheduled for Aug. 20. Armstrong, a native of Hicksville, Ohio, is deployed with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Carson, Colo. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher W. Allison, 55th Signal Company)