2 SCOTS Open New Checkpoint in Helmand.
Soldiers from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS), have extended their security reach in Helmand’s Lashkar Gah district by opening up a new checkpoint.
The 2 SCOTS soldiers and their colleagues from the Afghan National Police have constructed the new ‘Checkpoint Lig Laswari’ in the Loy Mandeh area of the district.
Moving in this week, the men set about making their new home as comfortable as possible, with an ablutions area the first priority after necessary security measures had been put in place.
The purpose of establishing the checkpoint was twofold: to prevent locals from being intimidated by insurgents, and to enable the observation of local people and their ‘pattern of life’ – a term used by the military to describe the general hustle and bustle of life in local villages. If this were to change significantly then it would be a good early indicator that there was a problem.
Throughout their tour, which began in September last year, soldiers from 2 SCOTS have observed the pattern of life in various communities, and have been able to judge from this the mood of the people and whether anything out of the ordinary is possibly going to happen.
Lance Corporal Garry Hocking, 7 Platoon, C Company, 2 SCOTS, said:
“Just like in the UK, people here have habits and go about things in a certain way. We get to know and recognise some of these people and their patterns. When we see someone we don’t know, or people who are not going about their business in the way they normally would, then we know something’s up.”
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