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  • The Other Battle in Afghanistan
    Posted by John M. Doyle 2:30 PM on Jun 25, 2010

    Darren Richardson, a U.S. Agriculture employee, points out a nearby canal to Kuchi tribesmen while Marine Corps Major Jeffrey Seavy looks on in the Bawka district in Afghanistan's Farah province. The major is the 1st Marine Expeditionary forward liaison officer to Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah.

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    (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rylan Albright)

    Provincial Reconstruction Teams are part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission. There are currently 26 PRTs in Afghanistan, 12 of which are under U.S. command, including Farah. Other countries, ranging from Hungary to New Zealand, oversee 14 other PRTs.

    The teams deliver assistance at the provincial and district level for improving security, supporting good governance and enhancing economic development.

    In addition to military representatives charged with providing security and logistical support, PRTs include civilians from the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other agencies like the Department of Agriculture.

    The teams are seen as a key component in winning the support of the Afghan people and undermining the credibility of the Taliban. Recently the Farah PRT's medical staff assisted the first Afghan Health Ministry village outreach effort, where hundreds of villagers were treated in a remote area.

    For more photos on PRT Farah's visit to this district click here.

    Tags: ar99, Afghanistan, Marines, PRT, soft-power

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