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Forward Operating Base Lagman

Forward Operating Base Lagman is located in the Zabul Province of eastern Afghanistan. Lagman has been a critical outpost for American forces in eastern Afghanistan. On April 10th 2005, elements of the 503rd infantry Regiment replaced soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment based in Hawaii that had occupied Lagman and built up strong relationships with the local Afghans. Also in 2005 elements of the 1st Battalion, 325th Air Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division joined the Vicenza, Italy-based 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment at Lagman to provide increased security during the Afghan elections.

FOB Lagman proved to be a good jumping off point for American forces looking to expand their influence in an area very close to the Pakistani border. Lagman itself was not a sophisticated outpost, there's a dining facility and a computer with internet connectivity there's four showers with hot water and a small PX that was often closed because soldiers would need to go to Kandahar to get fresh stock. There's a small medical clinic but many of the buildings were made of mud with many soldiers still sleeping in tents.

As of June 2007 Lagman housed an American PRT that ran the civil-military side of things while elements of the Romanian 812th Infantry Regiment were the warfighters. Their primary role was to patrol the 93-mile stretch of Highway One that runs through Zabul and to support the Afghan National Police stations that run along it in order to keep the highway free from Taliban interference. The Romanians would launch about 50 missions a week along the highway and also have a quick reaction force in case the police stations request help.



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