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Afghan commandos eliminate insurgents in Nangarhar.

(Article by Sergeant James Walker, ISAF Joint Command media release, 15 APR 2013. Source.)

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army 1st Special Operations Kandak commandos killed 22 insurgents during a unilateral operation in Bati Kot district, Nangarhar province.

The commandos conducted the operation to locate a known Taliban commander and disrupt insurgent activity in Gundayn village.

As 1st SOK traveled near the village, more than 20 insurgents ambushed them with small arms and machine gun fire. The commandos returned fire, killing 10 Taliban insurgents. 

After 1st SOK arrived at the village to begin their search, insurgents attacked them repeatedly from within the compound. The commandos cleared the compound, killing 12 insurgents and detaining several others. 

The National Directorate of Security is currently holding the detainees for further questioning. 

No civilian casualties or structural damage were reported during this operation. 

Afghan National Army commandos are an elite group whose main purpose is to conduct high-risk missions to disrupt insurgency networks. The commandos conduct clearing operations that enable conditions for improved security, governance, and development in remote villages.

Curator’s Choice: December 2011.
soldierporn:

Lucy in the sky with diamonds.
An A-10 Warthog flies low over coalition special operations forces as a “show of force” during an Afghan commando-led clearing operation in Gelan district, Ghazni province, Afghanistan. The clearing operation was conducted to eliminate insurgent safe havens and disrupt their supply lines.
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Curator’s Choice: December 2011.

soldierporn:

Lucy in the sky with diamonds.

An A-10 Warthog flies low over coalition special operations forces as a “show of force” during an Afghan commando-led clearing operation in Gelan district, Ghazni province, Afghanistan. The clearing operation was conducted to eliminate insurgent safe havens and disrupt their supply lines.

royalmilitary:

People of all ages, many wearing poppies and green ribbons, came out in support for the five Royal Marines arrested for the murder of a Taliban prisoner, demonstration went out through the country in London, Plymouth, Leeds, Manchester, Edinburgh, Swansea and Norwich.

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jakeoelsnakeo:

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Criminally Dumb Criminal of the Day: Mohammad Ashan, a mid-level Taliban commander, is suspected of plotting at least two attacks on Afghan security forces, so officials plastered hundreds of posters emblazoned with the insurgent’s name and likeness around the district of Sar Howza. When Ashan took notice of the $100 finder’s fee, he snatched a poster and marched into a police checkpoint, looking to collect. Instead, he was arrested on the spot.
“This guy is the Taliban equivalent of the ‘Home Alone” burglars,” one U.S. official said.
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To quote my squad leader. “You don’t gotta be albert foxing einstein to make shit go boom, ya hua me?” Yep sarge…I sure do.

[“Ya Hooah me?” Oh. Shit. LOLOL. -R]

jakeoelsnakeo:

thedailywhat:

Criminally Dumb Criminal of the Day: Mohammad Ashan, a mid-level Taliban commander, is suspected of plotting at least two attacks on Afghan security forces, so officials plastered hundreds of posters emblazoned with the insurgent’s name and likeness around the district of Sar Howza. When Ashan took notice of the $100 finder’s fee, he snatched a poster and marched into a police checkpoint, looking to collect. Instead, he was arrested on the spot.

“This guy is the Taliban equivalent of the ‘Home Alone” burglars,” one U.S. official said.

[shortformblog]

To quote my squad leader. “You don’t gotta be albert foxing einstein to make shit go boom, ya hua me?” Yep sarge…I sure do.

[“Ya Hooah me?” Oh. Shit. LOLOL. -R]

A coalition special operations forces SH-60 helicopter provides cover during a firefight in Kamdesh district, Nuristan province, Afghanistan, April 13. Afghan commandos from 3rd Company 1st Commando Kandak, partnered with coalition SOF, assaulted the insurgents in response to an unprovoked attack on a security shura at the Kamdesh district center. During the shura, insurgents killed a local national woman and an Afghan Local Policeman. The commandos killed more than 40 insurgents in the counteroffensive.
(Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Clayton Weis, 13 April 2012.) High-res

A coalition special operations forces SH-60 helicopter provides cover during a firefight in Kamdesh district, Nuristan province, Afghanistan, April 13. Afghan commandos from 3rd Company 1st Commando Kandak, partnered with coalition SOF, assaulted the insurgents in response to an unprovoked attack on a security shura at the Kamdesh district center. During the shura, insurgents killed a local national woman and an Afghan Local Policeman. The commandos killed more than 40 insurgents in the counteroffensive.

(Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Clayton Weis, 13 April 2012.)

A soldier from the 8th Commando Kandak stands in the doorway of an abandoned building during an operation near Sayedan village, Shah Joy district, Zabul province, Afghanistan. The commandos partner with coalition special operations forces to conduct operations throughout Uruzgan and Zabul provinces.
(Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Dillon, 22 March 2012 via DVIDS.) High-res

A soldier from the 8th Commando Kandak stands in the doorway of an abandoned building during an operation near Sayedan village, Shah Joy district, Zabul province, Afghanistan. The commandos partner with coalition special operations forces to conduct operations throughout Uruzgan and Zabul provinces.

(Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Dillon, 22 March 2012 via DVIDS.)

Afghan Forces Growing Into Their Own

Insurgent financier captured at mosque by Afghan special tactics team.

(Story by Staff Sergeant Fritz Butak, 16 March 2012 via DVIDS.)

PAKTIYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A senior level insurgent financier, Zahir Khan, was captured by the Afghan Uniformed Police’s Special Tactics Team in Chamkani district, March 16.

Khan is a senior level finance, facilitation and operational coordinator responsible for improvised explosive device emplacements and attacks on Afghan National Security Forces and their partnered coalition forces. 

The AUP Special Tactics Team proceeded to the mosque in Madakheyl, where they identified and questioned Khan based on the physical description provided by coalition special operations forces. Khan identified himself as Hazratullah Khan, but later confirmed his actual identity. The special tactics team detained Khan and transported him to their detention facility without incident.

“This is another huge capture for the special tactics team. These guys continue to make significant strides in capturing these high value targets independently and with very little assistance from coalition forces,” said Special Operations Task Force-East commander, Lt. Col. William Linn.

No collateral damage or civilian casualties were reported during Khan’s capture.

Afghan National Army Staff Sgt. Asmatullah, the medical platoon sergeant with Headquarters Tolai, 4th Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 215th Corps, addresses a question from a student in his ANA medic course. The eight-week course was Afghan led, with Afghan instructors teaching the ANA soldiers. The course is another step towards ANA medical independence, developed by the Embedded Combat Team, with Regimental Combat Team 6.

(Photos by Lance Corporal Timothy Lanzo, 10 March 2012 via DVIDS.)

Commandos Battle Insurgents in Badghis

[Story by Corporal Kyle McNally]

BADGHIS PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan commandos from the 9th Commando Kandak, assisted by coalition special operations forces, were attacked by insurgents during a routine presence patrol near Sakharai village, Murghab district, March 6.

The commando-led force was providing security on the village outskirts when approximately two insurgents opened fire on them with a medium machine gun from a remote position in the mountains.

After positively identifying the attackers as insurgents, the commando patrol leader made the decision to respond. Coalition aircraft then engaged them with a precision-guided munition.

Shortly after, six more insurgents returned to the same position to attempt to re-engage the commando force. Coalition aircraft once again engaged with precision-guided munitions, and killed the remaining six insurgents.

The commandos, along with coalition SOF, took extreme precautions when neutralizing the attackers, ensuring that no civilians were harmed and no property damage resulted. The closest village structures were over 2,000 meters away from the insurgent fighting position.

The commando leaders met with Sakharai village leaders after the incident to inform them of the situation and discuss options for further assistance. During the shura, village elders confirmed that no villagers had been killed by coalition forces.

However, a Taliban spokesman contacted Badghis provincial governor Delbar Jan Almar shortly after the incident, claiming that three children and two women had been killed by the coalition aircraft. Murghab district governor Hashem Habibi, said that this information is verifiably false, and was designed by insurgents to discredit the positive gains of the Afghan government.

Murghab district chief of police Israil Ibrahim Khan said that insurgents are simply attempting to strike fear into the people of Murghab through rumors.

“Insurgents have demonstrated a tendency to make audacious claims of civilian casualties,” said Maj. Ryan Bolling, a spokesman for Special Operations Task Force – West. “They are resorting to increasingly desperate tactics in an attempt to win favor with a population that no longer wants to support them.”

According to a Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Afghanistan spokesman, the 9th Commando Kandak and its coalition SOF partners are resolved to protecting local communities in the Badghis province from insurgent attempts to gain ground through violence, fear and intimidation of the Afghan people.

[News story via DVIDS.]