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Logar province is located to the south of Kabul. It is a strategic province as it is a gateway into Kabul and provides sanctuary, staging and operating areas for the insurgents. There are seven districts in Logar - Azrah, Baraki Barak, Charkh, Kharwar, Khoshi, Muhammad Aghah, and Pul-e 'Alam. The provincial capital is Pul-i-Alam. The main road going from Kabul to Gardez and Khost runs through Logar province.
Logar Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT). The Czech Republic ran the
PRT in Logar province. The PRT, located on FOB Shank, was established by
the Czechs in March 2008 and closed down operations in late
2013. Visit the Czech PRT on Facebook.
Insurgents come from the Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin (HiG), main Taliban, and the Haqqani. For the most part, they cooperate with each other.
Logar is a troubled province. The largest coalition base in the province (FOB Shank) continually received indirect fire (IDF) during 2012 and 2013; sometimes as much as several times a week. The incoming was so bad that the U.S. deployed two C-RAM systems to FOB Shank. In October 2013 the Logar provincial governor was assassinated while making a speech in a mosque to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-adha. 1.
Azrah District. The most troubled district in Logar province is Azrah district. For the Coalition, this district is 'no-man's land". In fact, very rarely does the Afghan National Army (this would be 4th Brigade, 203rd Corps) venture in this district. U.S. Special Forces provides some support to the district but under very difficult circumstances. 2.
FOB Shank. Forward Operating Base Shank (renamed Tactical Base Shank) at some point in 2013 or 2014) was the largest U.S. base in southeast Afghanistan. TB Shanik was established in 2006. It typically hosted a brigade (with units spread out over Logar and Wardak provinces), air units, field hospital, engineer and logistic units, and small special operations force elements. In addition, the 4th Brigade of the 203rd ANA Corps was based at FOB Shank. The base was transferred to the ANA in October 2014. 3.
Logar Province Info. Ronna on Harmonieweb.org
Logar Province Profile by Civil-Military Fusion
Logar Province. WikipediA.
Logar Province. NPS Program for Culture & Conflict Studies.
Provincial Overview of Logar Province. NPS.edu.
Logar Province - Understanding War
Mes Aynak Copper Mine. This copper deposit in Logar province will bring in a lot of revenue in the future if security is ever established and the Afghan government ever begins to function responsibly.
Topo Map of Logar Province by Google.
Tribes of Logar. Naval Post Graduate School
December 14, 2014. "Empty Streets of Mohammad Agha: Logar's struggle against the Taleban". Afghanistan Analysts Network.
December 12, 2014. "Logar Districts on the Edge of Collapse: Officials". Tolo News. According to some government officials most parts of Charkh, Kharwar, and Azra districts are under the control of armed opponents.
September 26, 2014. "VIDEO: US troops sent to advise Afghan forces drawn into firefight". Stars and Stripes. Advisors from "Dragon Troop" do more than advise.
September 22, 2014. "Logar Province in Transition". Afghan War News Blog.
September 19, 2014. "In Afghanistan's Logar province, a plea for air support". The Washington Post.
September 12, 2014. "Losing in Logar: A Day Trip to Azra". Sunny in Kabul Blog.
August 19, 2014. "Hundreds of Taliban fighters battle Afghan forces near Kabul: officials". Reuters.
January 8, 2014. "Afghan Mayor Accused of Grand Theft". IWPR. Pul-e Alam mayor steals the people blind and central government does nothing.
October 15, 2013. "Governor of Afghanistan's Logar province killed by microphone bomb inside mosque". The Telegraph. Arsallah Jamal killed during Eid al-Adha.
September 29, 2013. "Senators Claim Local Officials Submit Fudged Security Reports". Tolo News. Logar cited as one of three provinces where security reports are "fudged".
September 2013. "Taliban stage comeback, close Azra roads". Afghanistan Times. Days after the Afghan National Army conducted a corps level operation in August 2013 to "clear" Azra district the Taliban retook the district, laid seige to the district center, and closed all roads.
July 27, 2013. "ALP secure new areas in eastern Afghanistan". Regional Command East. ALP set up new checkpoints in Muhammad Aghah district.
June 13, 2013. "Emergency Aid for Afghan Bomb Victims "Stolen"". Institute for War & Peace Reporting. Chairman of Logar's Provincial Council, Dr Abdul Wali Wakil, accused of stealing and selling medical supplies.
May 29, 2013. "Afghan forces lead combined patrol with US soldiers". DVIDS. CPT William Gillespie, Troop C, 6-8 CAV of Combat Outpost Baraki Barak (BBK) in Logar cites improvement of ANSF capability to secure the district.
May 29, 2013. "US advisers provide Afghan police valuable training". DVIDS. CPT Jason Imboden, a member of an SFAAT advising the Afghan police, trains the ANCOP on IEDs at Patrol Base Pul-e-Alam, Logar province.
January 28, 2013. "In Afghanistan, the U.S. Is in the Most Difficult of
Maneuvers". Time.com. Retrograde operations at FOB Altimur, Logar
_______, Combined forces clear insurgents from Logar. ISAF News.
1. For more on the Logar provincial governors assassination see "Afghan Provincial Governor Killed by Blast", Radio Free Europe, October 15, 2013. The online story is available here.
2. For more of U.S. Special Forces in Azra district, Logar province see "Building Good Will in a Troubled Afghan District, but Not Without a Fight", New York Times, September 6, 2014 at this link. The story is about a visit by COL Chris Riga, U.S. Army Special Forces and commander of the CJSOTF-A visiting the district center.
3. For more on the closing of FOB Shank see "3d Cavalry Regiment hands over last major US base in southeast Afghanistan", DVIDS, November 2, 2014 at this link.
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