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British soldiers using aid to beat Insurgents in Afghanistan

June 13, 2011

British troops distributing aid in Kabul say it’s helping them to improve security in the Afghan capital.

Members of the Joint Support Unit at Camp Souter have been providing assistance to the local community in Kabul.

“I’m responsible for the protection of Camp Souter,” said Captain Tiernan Hick (32), “but I’m also involved in projects with the local community, distributing things like food and blankets. Keeping the locals onside is a big part of what we need to do here to provide security,” he said. “They’re effectively our outer cordon of security. By keeping them onside, they will inform us of any insurgents that move into the area, or anything that’s untoward. So having a positive relationship with them is crucial.”

The soldiers from Camp Souter have been engaged in work known as ‘Consent Winning Activity’, carrying out projects such as the commissioning of new wells. The unit also looks to improve the local schools and communal areas.

Click on the image below to view the video footage by the HERRICK 14 Combat Camera Team on our UK Forces Afghanistan You Tube page.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Lt Col Ewan Cameron permalink
    June 14, 2011 06:07

    Dear Sir,

    You may be interested in the GUIDELINES FOR THE INTERACTION AND COORDINATION OF HUMANITARIAN ACTORS AND MILITARY ACTORS IN AFGHANISTAN VERSION 1.0 (20 MAY 2008) and the PRT EXECUTIVE STEERING COMMITTEE POLICY NOTE NUMBER 3 that specifically states at para 4:

    ‘Humanitarian assistance is that which is life saving and addresses urgent and life-threatening humanitarian needs. It must not be used for the purpose of political gain, relationship building, or “winning hearts and minds‟. Humanitarian assistance must be distributed on the basis of need and must uphold the
    humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality and neutrality.’

    hyperlinks to the documents are:

    http://www.regjeringen.no/upload/UD/Temabilder/Tema%20sikkerhetspolitikk/Afghanistan/Guidelines_Afghanistan%5B1%5D.pdf

    https://www.cimicweb.org/Documents/PRT%20CONFERENCE%202010/Policy_Note_3_Humanitarian_Assistance.pdf

    HQ ISAF and BRITFOR have endorsed these two policies. You may wish to re-write this strap line.

    • June 14, 2011 09:09

      Sir, I am grateful for your guidance and direction and for drawing my attention to these documents. I will discuss your points with my team here at Bastion and seek further direction if required. If you wish to discuss this further, can I politely suggest that you call me in the JMOC, rather than taking this discussion any further on an open forum. Thank you, Flt Lt Nick.

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