11 Mar. 2009
PR# 2009-226

Joint forces hold shuras, disrupt insurgents in Helmand

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), partnered with International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops, recently conducted a mission in support of Operation AABI TOORAH in the Kanishin area of Helmand province.

The joint forces secured known insurgent compounds and disrupted enemy freedom of movement in the area while gathering information for subsequent operations.

After being inserted into the Kanishin area by helicopter, Afghan troops, supported by the British 42 Commando Group, encountered a series of enemy-held compounds. The ANSF and ISAF combined efforts, including precisely targeted air support from helicopters, resulted in the insurgents’ defeat. Searches of the secured compounds uncovered weapons and suicide Improvised Explosive Device (IED) vests.

“This operation is all about understanding the area,” said Colour Sergeant Bob Maddison of 42 Commando Group. “Moreover, it’s not just about ISAF’s understanding; it is also for the locals’ own awareness of what ANSF and ISAF represent.

Once the area was secured against insurgents, the ANSF and ISAF soldiers engaged with the local population through a series of shuras. During these gatherings, ISAF forces also offered dental assistance to the villagers, providing further opportunity for close interaction and dialogue with locals.

“We are both spreading and deepening the effect of our first insertion into the Fish Hook, exploiting our influence throughout this fascinating sector of the Helmand River,” said Lieutenant Colonel Charlie Stickland, the Commanding Officer of 42 Commando Group. “We have engaged the enemy decisively in what they considered a safe area. This has been a hugely successful operation here in rugged, beautiful southern Helmand.”

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