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4 Rifles are deployed to Sangin to tackle Taliban
EIGHTY members of 4th Battalion The Rifles have been deployed to an area of Afghanistan they had previously defended to assist Afghan troops fighting Taliban insurgents.
The week-long mission came after Afghan military commanders requested assistance in Sangin district earlier this month.
The Ministry of Defence said some insurgents were killed or captured but there were no British casualties.
The operation saw troops from the UK-mentored 3/215 Brigade move north into Sangin, clearing compounds and seizing insurgent weapon stashes alongside a number of soldiers from 2/215 Brigade.
The Brigade Advisory Group, made up of 4th Battalion The Rifles, provided “limited casualty evacuation support”
to 3/215 Brigade.
The Ministry of Defence said UK personnel occasionally operated outside of the usual British area of operations in central Helmand in an advisory capacity.
“These out-of-area operations have been a long-standing element of the UK mission in Afghanistan and are completely in line with our current role of providing training, advice and assistance to the Afghan National Security Forces,” a spokesman said.
Brig Rupert Jones, Commander Task Force Helmand, pictured, said the operation had demonstrated further how effective 3/215 Brigade of the ANA had become.
“Operating in Sangin over the past week, they have moved to another level of performance and independence,” he said.
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