Jan 13, 2012

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Travis Finn, a 23-year-old mortarman with 2nd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and a native of Erie, Pa., learns some Pashto words from Afghan National Police patrolman Abdul Salaam at a vehicle checkpoint near Patrol Base Amir Agha, here, Jan. 12. As Afghan forces near the assumption of lead security responsibility in the district, the ANP are progressing under the mentorship of Marines with Kilo Co., 3/3. “The police of Garmsir are ready to maintain the security of our own district,” said ANP Lt. Mohammad Dawood, the district’s 2nd Precinct commander. “We’re from this area and we’re proud to serve our people … they trust us. Our country has a strong future because we have our own forces and we’re staying with our people.”

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