Following the 9/11 attacks, America became involved in Afghan peacekeeping duties and twelve years later U. S. troops continue prepare locals to take over security. The good news from 2012 was that both violence levels and American deaths dropped from 2011. The bad news is that insider killings by uniformed Afghans rose and roadside and car bombs continue to be problematic.
During the first quarter of 2013 more responsibility for security will fall to locals with a target date of 2014 for full transition and the withdrawal of most NATO troops.
Besides military operations, American forces provide medical services, school supplies and support. Check out the accompanying slide show featuring photos by Chief Petty Officer Joshua Ives who is stationed at the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Farah.