Kabul, Afghanistan- With the cooperation of the local Afghanistan National Security Force, joint missions in the Operation SOND CHARA have begun to make a difference. SOND CHARA means ?Red Dagger,? and the overall aim has been to provide increased security to the citizens of Lashkar Gah and the region after the attacks last October 11th.
The situation has greatly improved now, and there are plans for voter registration, as well as an ongoing Counter Narcotics plan that is slowly beginning to change the level of criminal activity as part of a overall comprehensive military strategy.
Commander Paula Rowe is the spokesperson for Task Force Helmand, largely made up of American, Danish, Estonian and British Forces.
?We have seen some very hard fighting, but we are getting there,? said Commander Rowe.
?Because we have worked hard at cooperating with the Afghan National Security Forces, and local ISAF troops, we have been able to slowly drive away members of the insurgency and enemy forces, and we are very committed to making sure that the long term security in this area is maintained for the local community,? said Commander Rowe.
There is the beginnings of hope in the region, due to the operation and the commitment of the brave Afghan and Coalition soldiers.