Afghanistan - Panjshir
Panjshir is an Afghan province in the eastern part of the country. The Panjshir Valley is home to nearly 300,000 ethnic Tajiks, the largest population of this ethnic group in Afghanistan. Historically, Panjshir is known for Ahmed Shah Massoud, the "Lion of Panjshir." Massoud famously held out against major offensives by the Soviets in the 1980s and the Taliban in the 1990s. On 9 September 2001, Massoud, an important US ally, was assasinated by a suicide bomber.
The Panjshir PRT, opened on 15 November 2005, is a US facility under ISAF command. Uniquely, this PRT is commanded by a civilian State Department Official. The relative calm of Panjshir province has allowed the commanders to experiement with prototypic initiatives. For example, local civilian officials have been involved, from the beginning, in day-to-day operations. The initial funding for the Panjshir PRT was $31 million dollars to be allocated to such projects as road construction and installations of micro-hydro electric facilities.
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