Joint patrol of Turkish and English troops
2Lt. Ozgur Cuce
First published June 16, 2003
Turkish and English SFOR Troops conducted a joint patrol
between Maglaj and Banja Luka from May 14-16, 2003 in order
to maintain a safe and secure environment in the area. It
was also the opportunity for them to exchange their personal
knowledge and ideas, and thus to improve their experience.
Banja Luka - Prior to the patrol, 1Lt. Suyra, S-3 Operations
Officer gave a lecture about the general characteristics of
the area. During a second briefing on the socio-economic situation
of the area given in Bjalejce Military Base, Capt. Michael
Chant, BN S-2 Officer reported that the most important problem
in the area was the unemployment, underlining that the percentage
of the unemployment reached up to 40%.
Among the UK troops conducting the joint patrol were Maj.
Naylor, Company commander, Capt. Gurung, his deputy, 2Lt.
Suyra, 2Lt. Sumbhadur and 2Lt. Bomhayara, the platoon leaders.
The first patrol was a daylight patrol with one Land Rover
car. During the patrol, soldiers talked to the people of local
population and asked them about their problems in the area.
The common complain that people expressed was the unemployment,
since it is the source of all problems. The common hope in
people's heart and mind was to find those old days of wealth
and peace before the war. During one particular house visit,
an 84-year old Bosnian man who could speak a few Turkish words
greeted Turkish 1Lt. Bilal Azca. Troops visited a shoe-making
factory as well as houses, and listened to all problems.
Following dinner in the base, a night patrol started. During
the patrol, troops visited and checked the restaurants and
pubs on Gull Route.
All for Peace and Stabilisation
Gurung stated that working with the officers of other SFOR
Nations was a really good chance for them to exchange knowledge
and experiences. He also mentioned that all troops in BiH
were acting as a single body, a single force. In addition,
Turkish 1Lt. Bilal Azca said: "All those patrols and
studies are for the people of the area. By means of these
joint patrols and other activities, we want to create a permanent
peaceful atmosphere and ensure the stability of the area.
But we cannot achieve our mission without public co-operation.
We, SFOR, and the local population of the area can do this
Nations of SFOR: Turkey,