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Afghanistan's 19th Provisional Reconstruction Team Opens

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2004 – The provisional reconstruction team in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan -- the 19th in the country -- held a grand-opening ceremony today.

"This PRT has been operational for some time, but it still represents a significant commitment to enabling, enhancing and improving the capacity of the Afghan nation and extending the outreach of the government of Afghanistan," a spokesman for Combined Forces Command Afghanistan said today at a news conference in the capital of Kabul.

The support provided by the PRT in Tarin Kowt, and the other 18 coalition and International Security and Assistance Force PRTs, enables the government to bring a tangible benefit to the people throughout all provinces, the spokesman said.

This is a clear demonstration of Afghan capacity, capability, commitment and resolve to improve the lives and conditions of all people throughout the country, he added.

In other news, the Afghan National Army conducted another successful counternarcotics operation on Dec. 18. The ANA discovered a cache of 1,800 kilograms of hashish and 3,000 kilograms of marijuana during a search near Gardez in Paktia province.

According to the spokesman, the Afghan national police destroyed approximately 2,800 kilograms of marijuana on site. The remainder of the narcotics was moved to a U.S. firebase.

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