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Ambushed SCOTS troops defeat Insurgent attackers

March 31, 2011

British soldiers working alongside Afghan Police to clear insurgents from a contested area in Helmand’s Lashkar Gah district have survived a well-organised attack to turn the tables on their assailants.

A soldier from D Company, 5 SCOTS, provides cover for an assault on an insurgent position (Picture: Captain Niall Archibald, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011)

Soldiers from The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS), worked alongside their partners from the 2nd Kandak of the Afghan Uniformed Police to conduct the ‘advance to contact’ – an operation to engage enemy fighters in an area known as Shindac Mandah, north of Patrol Base Attal in Lashkar Gah district.

Troops from Delta Company of Canterbury-based 5 SCOTS have been in Helmand since September 2010, mentoring the Afghan police officers who are increasingly taking over security responsibilities in the area. They return home in April.

A member of 5 SCOTS during the operation to clear insurgent firing points (Picture: Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011)

Their aim in this operation was to sweep away insurgent fighters operating in the area, and demonstrate to locals that the police and other institutions of governance in Helmand are now in control and have complete freedom of movement.

These aims were eminently achieved and, in addition, four insurgents were killed plus a further two key insurgent ringleaders in the community detained.

A combined force of more than 100 men from 5 SCOTS and the Afghan Police crossed the line of departure at 0630hrs and headed north toward an area known to be held by insurgents.

As they moved north the police interacted with the local people they met, stopping for cups of chai and discussing the forthcoming harvest and plans to open a new school. Such interaction between the Afghan Police and the people is vital in building up intelligence and gauging what soldiers call the ‘atmospherics’ – the feeling of an area which tells soldiers whether it’s safe or there is a threat.

As the force moved further north, these atmospherics began to change. Families were seen hurriedly leaving compounds and the fields were empty of workers. Then, at 0840hrs, the British soldiers and Afghan policemen were suddenly engaged from five separate firing points.

To read the rest of this incredible story, click HERE or on either of the images.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 31, 2011 19:30

    “This is what we train for; this is what we do BEST.”
    Maj Nick Wright-Boycott – such true and prophetic words. So proud you prevailed and let’s hope it is the last major contact you face before heading for home soon.


    God Bless & Best Wishes
    Agnes & all @ SoS

  2. @just_uno_man permalink
    March 31, 2011 19:41

    TheyGotta learn… don’t piss off a Jock with a light machine gun

  3. Susan Riddell permalink
    April 1, 2011 01:32

    Well done to all the troops

  4. I_love_Afghanistan permalink
    April 1, 2011 04:05

    just_uno_man is right! Don’t “peeve off” the Scots!
    Well done, guys! I’m hoping that the A.N.A. will increasingly be able to take the lead in ops like this soon.
    I read yesterday (can’t remember where) that there are a number of Pashtun tribes in Pakistan who are now fighting against the Taliban!
    ( This is apparently as a result of some brutal Taliban attacks against tribal leaders there. ) Hopefully, this fightback is true, and hopefully many more tribes will join them.

  5. April 1, 2011 22:26

    Well done All. Praying for you and All to have safe tour and be glad when you all home – loved ‘Just Uno’ comment above – gotta laugh

  6. January 20, 2013 23:22

    what a day 4 platoon 3 mercian smashing the talibs with 4 scots

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