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Women's Rights, Military Ops Draw Spotlight in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2004 – The Afghan government and coalition officials are working together over the coming week to promote women's rights, while coalition forces continue to round up more munitions in the country.

An event celebrating women's rights was scheduled today, sponsored by the Afghan Department of Women's Affairs in conjunction with the Bamian Provincial Reconstruction Team, according to a Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan press release.

Coalition officials also are slated to participate in Women's Day activities March 10 in Jalalabad, Laghman and Nangarhar, the release stated. And the coalition will host a Women's Day event March 13 at Bagram Airfield.

Meanwhile, other press releases detailed the following recent operational activities in Afghanistan:

Coalition troops patrolling Parwan Province on March 7 seized two munitions caches, containing 20 rocket-propelled-grenade rounds, 100 cases of 12.7 mm rounds, about 50 82 mm mortar rounds and 20 107 mm rockets.

On the same day, coalition troops also confiscated 23 RPGs in Zormat, while local Afghanis in Gardez turned in 100 cases of 12.7 mm ammunition, several RPG rounds, 40 82 mm mortar rounds, and 25 107 mm rockets. In Nagalam, Afghan citizens turned in 20 RPG rounds.

Also on March 7, Khowst Provincial Reconstruction Team members dropped off two truckloads of medical furniture to a tuberculosis clinic and a leishmaniasis clinic. U.S. forces had previously delivered the medicines used at those clinics.

Some 750 policemen from Ghanzi, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Paktika, Khost and Paktia provinces are slated to start a three-week training course on March 15 at the Gardez Police Academy. The course is the third held at the facility. Fifty Paktia police officers have graduated from the course in the past three months. Afghan and American police experts provide instruction at the facility.

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