Lithuanian ISAF News Afghanistan




 
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February 10th, 2010  
Atasas
 

Topic: Lithuanian ISAF News Afghanistan


Lithuania Delivers Thousands of Hats to Afghan Children
http://www.isaf.nato.int/en/article/...-children.html
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Regional Command-West

CHAGCHARAN, Afghanistan (December 8, 2009) -- International Security Assistance Force troops serving in the Lithuanian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team Chagcharan distributed thousands of handmade winter hats Tuesday to the schoolchildren of Chaghcharan, the capital city of Ghowr province. This was the final phase of the “Warm Hats for Afghan Children” project launched by ISAF soldiers in Regional Command - West.

“The project exceeded the expectations,” said First Lt. Inga Pranaitiene, a civil and military cooperation officer at PRT Chagcharan who coordinated the project. Posters promoting the program in Lithuania pleaded for donors to produce one hat per person to give to Afghan children.

“We were intending to collect 500 hats, but the people delivered ten times more,” Pranaitiene said. “In one month, people delivered more than 5,000 warm hats, and they are still bringing them even after the project is closed,” she said, adding that more than 1,500 additional hats are on their way to Afghanistan from Lithuania.
Lithuanian-led Chaghcharan PRT Holds Development Seminar
http://www.isaf.nato.int/en/article/...t-seminar.html
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ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan

2010-01-RS-137
Feature News Release

By 1st Lt. Skomantas Povilionis


KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 28) - Representatives from 26 international and non-governmental organizations who work in Ghowr province, and diplomats from Japan, the U.S. and Lithuania took part in a development seminar in the city of Chaghcharan recently.

The Lithuanian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team organized the seminar to increase cooperation among donors and local institutions to make reconstruction efforts more effective.

"This seminar serves as an opportunity for NGOs participating in development to find a more efficient way," said Lithuanian Ambassador Dainius Junevicius. "The flow of money from the international community increases year by year. It's extremely important to use these funds in the most effective way."

The group worked on identifying obstacles that reduce the effectiveness of development projects and evaluating ongoing projects and project implementation issues.

"Participants of this seminar are the important link between the international community and the local people," said PRT Commander Col. Gediminas Macijauskas.

"It's important to spread understanding about ongoing development and the possibilities and responsibilities of Afghans in the processes of rebuilding their own country."

The Lithuanian-led PRT began operating in 2005 and is composed of officers and civilians from Denmark, Japan, Croatia, Georgia, Romania, Ukraine and the United States.
Exemplary work!
February 10th, 2010  
rattler
 
 
Yep, good PAO.

Rattler
February 24th, 2010  
Atasas
 
Lithuanian PRT Holds Cultural Event
http://www.isaf.nato.int/en/article/...ral-event.html
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ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan

Feature News Release


KABUL, Afghanistan (Feb. 17)-The Ghor Province Department of Culture and Information held a cultural event at the Lithuanian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team base in Chaghcharan, Feb. 13.

Representatives of Afghanistan Youth National Social Organization presented a musical group which performed national songs and dances. Mr. Moh Sarwar Azaad, head of Department of Culture and Information Department, also gave a lecture on the holidays celebrated in Afghanistan. He divided them into three main groups: national holidays, religious celebrations and celebrations conducted by local people out of habit.

“We are guests that came from different countries to Afghanistan and it’s very important to understand the local people, traditions, religion and culture,” said Col. Gediminas Macijauskas, PRT commander. “It is necessary to have a decent cooperation and effective relationship with the local population in order to help them build a brighter future.”

The Lithuanian–led Provincial Reconstruction Team in Chaghcharan started its activities in 2005. The PRT consists of people from Denmark, Japan, Croatia, Georgia, Romania, Ukraine and America.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/isafmed...7623314778159/ More photos from event
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February 24th, 2010  
Atasas
 
Pamphlet from Michael Youn (arguably best military journalist currently)
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/ima...9_02_final.pdf

Great photos and reports
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/som...d-captions.htm

Other report (tactics and success story)
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/sangow-bar-village.htm
March 24th, 2010  
Atasas
 
http://www.isaf.nato.int/en/article/...-province.html
Afghan Teachers Graduate in Ghor Province
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Kabul, Afghanistan (Feb. 25) - The Lithuanian Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) participated in a graduation ceremony for 184 teachers at the Chaghcharan Teachers Training Centre in Ghor Province, Saturday.

Sayed Mohammad Eqbal Munib, governor of Ghowr province, department heads of the local administration, Linas Linkevicius, Lithuanian PRT civilian element head, and Lt. Col. Arturas Jasinskas, Lithuanian PRT chief of staff, attended the ceremony.

"We are happy the people of Ghowr understand the importance of education to the future of their country," said Mr. Linkevicius. "Although the construction of schools and educating the younger generation is the responsibility of the government, support of these programs by the local people is very important and effective for rapid improvement and long-term development goals."

In the past three years, Lithuania funded community-based education programs, built 19 schools, and supported Teacher Training Centers (TTC) in Chaghcharan and Lal-Va-Sar Jangal districts.

There are two TTCs active in Ghowr province. The TTC in Lal-Va-Sar, Jengal district, opened in spring 2009 and has 80 future and current teachers and six lecturers conducting training. The TTC in Chaghcharan, Ghowr province, has 370 future and current teachers and 11 lecturers.
March 24th, 2010  
Atasas
 
http://www.delfi.lt/news/daily/lithu....d?id=30337577
Afghan people - Lithuanian humanitarian charity
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Lithuanian to English translation
The Cabinet of Ministers adopted a resolution the donation of the Afghan provinces of Ghor and Zebulun Lithuanian military unit controlled by the right of tangible assets.

Transmitting the value of humanitarian aid - 95 thousand. litas. Afghan people sent clothes, blankets and other necessary things.

How to inform the Prime Minister's Office, Lithuanian troops in Afghanistan transferred in trust managed by the tangible assets were obtained free of charge as the Swedish Armed Forces support to the Lithuanian Armed Forces in 1999-2004, committing his third parties without the consent of the Swedish Armed Forces.

Ministry of Defense the Swedish Armed Forces, the agreement is received.

The charity will contribute to the improvement of living conditions of Afghans. Zebulun in the provinces of Ghor and Lithuanian soldiers.
March 27th, 2010  
Atasas
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yM4jxoHEyA&feature=fvw
it says : Lithuanian soldiers in Afghanistan
Really, its just commuting conditions vid, but good to see! (sorry about music/mix)
April 14th, 2010  
Atasas
 
Afghan Police Graduate from Training Course in Ghor Province
http://www.isaf.nato.int/en/article/...-province.html
Quote:
ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan

2010-04-IE-010
Feature News Release


KABUL, Afghanistan (4 April) - Thirty-six Afghan National Police (ANP) leaders graduated from a police training course in Ghor Province Tuesday.

The course, organized by the European Police (EUPOL) Mission to Afghanistan Team, taught fingerprinting techniques, suspect identification, and detainee and prisoner handling. The course was organized into three one-week sessions.

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The training is part of a long-term EUPOL plan to enhance ANP capabilities.

The Ghor province deputy governor, province police chief, the Chaghcharan Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) commander, and representatives from the Afghan National Security Department attended the graduation ceremony.

The EUPOL team also donated new fingerprinting equipment to the Ghor ANP.

EUPOL began mentoring and training Afghan police in July 2007. EUPOL has international teams at PRTs in 18 provinces and a central office in Kabul. The EUPOL office at PRT Chaghcharan has personnel from Lithuania and Romania conducting police training.
April 14th, 2010  
Atasas
 
Not news and not very official release/press about Lithuanian Special Operational forces (aka: Lithuanian SOP- Aitvaras; Lith SOF; Žaliūkai; Jageriai) based and operational primarily in Zabul, Afghanistan
From US Embassy in Vilnius (Cap of LTU)
http://vilnius.usembassy.gov/amb_spe...ghanistan.html
Remarks at the ceremony honoring Lithuanian Special Forces service in Afghanistan
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November 9, 2009


Greetings Žaliūkai!

Meeting you in Afghanistan was a great honor. It is wonderful to see you again - this time at home.

I am delighted to participate in this ceremony honoring your service in Afghanistan.

I wanted to personally thank you, once again. Your mission there is difficult and dangerous. But it is extremely important. You made a tremendous contribution to our common effort in Afghanistan and to global security. You earned the highest respect from your ISAF partners, including the U.S.

We do not read about your sensitive work in the newspapers. But I can assure you that the people who need to know about it do know, and they are impressed. U.S. commanders universally praise the Lithuanian Special Forces for your capabilities and your effectiveness.

The United States is proud to be a partner of Lithuania in defending freedom. Thank you for your excellent service.
April 14th, 2010  
Atasas
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5ieJ...eature=related
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