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Soldiers assist Afghan army
SOLDIERS from 4th Battalion The Rifles have assisted the Afghan National Army in a successful operation in Helmand’s Nahr-e Saraj district.
About 400 warriors of 3/215 Brigade conducted a clearance operation across rugged terrain in the Gereshk area.
No operational support was required from 4 Rifles and they limited their role to providing specialist advice to the command group of 3/215 Brigade.
The Afghan National Army (ANA) conducted the operation in close cooperation with patrolmen from the Afghan National Police (ANP).
The warriors detained five insurgents, and a number of IEDs and parts were found and dealt with at the scene by 3/215 Brigade’s own explosive ordnance disposal teams.
The operation passed with only sporadic small arms fire, the level of which reduced as they moved through the area, searching compounds.
Lieutenant Colonel Tom Bewick, commanding officer 4 Rifles, said: “The operation was a considerable success, particularly the professionalism of the planning and the effectiveness of the warriors against the insurgents on the ground, but also the strong cooperation between the ANA and ANP.
“The way in which they are working together to support each other bodes well for the future.”
The vast majority of 3/215 Brigade’s operations are now planned and conducted entirely by the Afghans.
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