British-mentored Afghan soldiers have seized and destroyed 1,200 kilograms of illegal fertiliser, used for making explosives, in a successful operation in Helmand province.
British-mentored Afghan soldiers have seized and destroyed 1,200 kilograms of illegal fertiliser, used for making explosives, in a successful operation in Helmand province. This operation is the latest of many that the Afghan National Army (ANA) has been conducting on the edge of the Helmand River Valley as it continues to drive the insurgents, and the battle against them, away from populated areas. During the clearance operation in the area between Camp Bastion and Lashkar Gah, the British Army’s kandak liaison team, made up of soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment and a number of attached Reservists from 6th Battalion The Rifles, deployed alongside the ANA. There was minimal call for support as the ANA took advantage of the British and international training they had received to lead the operation from start to finish. Major Andy Mclannahan, officer commanding the kandak liaison team, said: “… Their soldiers completely overwhelmed the insurgents in an area the Taliban consider to be key to their network. Private Keith Ponter added: “We have one of the best jobs left in theatre; we go out on operations with the ANA and get to see that what we do makes a difference in the long-term, first-hand.” Read the full story: http://www.army.mod.uk/news/26022.aspx
And one from the end of last year