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Forward Operating Base Asadabad

Since late 2001 US Army Special Forces units and Air Force bombers have been active in the area. It is an area in which remnants of al Qaeda and the Taliban remain active.

The Puchi Ghar Army Fire Support Base is a forward position just outside of Asadabad, operational as of early 2003.

The Maui medical clinic mostly operated by US military personnel, offers advanced trauma life support, advanced cardiac life support, and can stabilize patients who need to be transported elsewhere for major surgery. Although the medical clinic was orginally constructed to handle combat-related inuries of coalition soliders, local Afghans constitute almost all of the patients both here, and at the larger military hospital at Bagram Air Base. The Bagram facility is mostly used by Afghans from the surrounding Shomali Plains, but has also received patients from outlying areas, such as Asadabad. A small mosque, the Masjid al-Shelifa, was not in use. It is the only concrete building on the premises of the base. Rather than use the structure to house the clinic, the US military has closed it off to preserve its sanctity.

Afghan military forces turned over 74 100 mm rocket rounds and 54 107 mm rocket fuses to coalition forces in Adadabad 18 June 2003. They were recovered when Afghan forces' swept the Shahkahul area, east of Asadabad.

In an incident in Kunar Province, task force officials said three coalition soldiers were wounded and one vehicle was damaged when an improvised explosive device detonated in the middle of their convoy approximately eight kilometers south of Asadabad 19 July 2003. The three soldiers were medically evacuated to Bagram Air Base and were characterized as being in stable condition.

Two rockets impacted in the vicinity of the firebase at Asadabad during the night of 23 July 2003. Mortars were fired at the suspected point of origin and close air support requested. A B-52 responded first, then two AV-8 Harriers. The B-52 dropped a Joint Direct Attack Munitions bomb and a Harrier dropped one 1,000-pound laser-guided bomb on enemy fighters observed at the suspected location. There were no coalition casualties or damage to equipment.

Four local citizens came to the front gate of a firebase in the vicinity of Asadabad with a remote control improvised explosive device on 06 August 2003. According to the locals, the RCIED had been recently buried, then discovered and immediately defused and brought to the firebase for proper destruction. The RCIED consisted of an Italian TC-6 landmine, a blasting cap, and a spider device. There were no reported injuries or damage to property.

A rocket impacted in the vicinity of the coalition fire base in Asadabad 10 August 2003 about 7 p.m. Coalition forces returned fire with mortars. There were no coalition personnel injured and no damage to coalition equipment. Two 107mm rockets landed in the vicinity of the coalition firebase at Asadabad 12 August 2003. There were no reported injuries to coalition soldiers or damage to equipment or property.

Coalition veterinarian personnel traveled to the Nangalam village near Asadabad firebase from 8-10 November 2003 and performed veterinary services as part of the coalition's civil military efforts. 153 goats, sheep, and cattle were treated on the first day, while 226 goats, sheep and cattle were treated on the second day. Accompanied by Infantry elements from the 10th Mountain Division, the veterinarians performed a much need preventive medical service improved the quality of life and well being for the grateful people of Nangalam.

In late November 2003 an operation in the northeast region near the Pakistani border area of Asadabad -- dubbed Operation Mountain Resolve -- was conducted to interdict and capture enemy forces and to deny them sanctuary.

Mention the word "rodeo" and most would think broncs, bulls and buckles. But mention rodeo at many forward operating bases in Afghanistan, and the faces of the coalition members serving there light up with anticipation. The rodeo to them is the Army and Air Force Exchange Service Rodeo conducted every month. The event is coordinated by representatives from the Combined Joint Task Force 76 personnel section and stops at forward bases in Salerno, Gardez, Tarin Kowt, Jalalabad and Asadabad once a month.

Although no one knows the origin of the title, the importance of the event is the same. Since those stationed at these remote bases rarely have the opportunity to shop for personal items - such as snacks, hygiene products and entertainment - at their locations, AAFES brings the store to them.

Representatives from the Bagram Air Base Post Office come to process packages being sent home, finance clerks cash checks and dispense cash, and a legal-services soldier answers questions and processes paperwork such as powers of attorney. Representatives from the Army Reserve Affairs, retention and the Army Continuing Education System offices are also on hand to answer any questions the service members might have.

A 38-year-old North Carolina man was indicted for assaulting an Afghan detainee while working as a contractor for the Central Intelligence Agency at a US military base in Asadabad, Afghanistan. According to a 17 June 2004 statement by then Attorney General John Ashcroft, a federal grand jury in Raleigh, North Carolina has indicted David Passaro on two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Each of the four charges carries a maximum penalty of 10 years prison and $250,000 fine.

Passaro was part of a clandestine paramilitary team of Special Forces and CIA personnel who capture and interrogated Taliban and al Qaeda members. Passaro was working at the Asadabad Base in June 2003, in support of US military personnel, when a local man, suspected of participating in rocket attacks against the base, surrendered himself at the front gate. The Afghan national, Abdul Wali, was placed under detention. Over the following two days, Passaro allegedly assaulted Wali with his hands and feet and with a large flashlight. Wali died in his detention cell the third day.

Passaro is reportedly the first US citizen charged under the Patriot Act, which extends to military contractors overseas. In June 2005 US District Judge Terrence W. Boyle ordered Passaro to remain in jail until his trial because of violations of conditions of his pre trial release. Boyle said Passaro was a flight risk and a danger to his community and should remain in custody until his trial scheduled for 17 July 2005 in Raleigh.

On April 25, 2008 CENTCOM Commander Admiral William J. Fallon toured Forward Operating Base Asadabad, Jalalabad airfield and a number of other American facilities. Fallon met with key leaders including Army Lt. Col. Chris Cavoli, commander of 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mtn. Div., and Navy Cmdr. Larry F. LeGree, commander of the Asadabad Provincial Reconstruction Team. The admiral received briefings from the commanders, toured bases and facilities, and met with Soldiers and Sailors.



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