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Royal Marines work with Afghan Forces to protect their communities

June 16, 2011

Royal Marines from Zulu Company, 45 Commando Royal Marines, have this month been working with Afghan soldiers and local police in Nad ‘Ali (South) to provide greater security and stability in the area of Zaborabad.

Royal Marines train volunteers of the Afghan Local Police to fire their service weapons on the ranges. Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

Until recently the area, where the Royal Marines from RM Condor in Arbroath have been patrolling alongside Afghan soldiers from 3 Brigade 215 Corps, was a launch pad for insurgents to attack ISAF and Afghan troops as well as innocent civilians living in the Nad ‘Ali protected community.

The Afghans have been taking the lead, clearing compounds and using their specialist teams, who have been trained by UK forces, to find and destroy improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Since the operation began, significant progress has been made in clearing the area of insurgents and ensuring they can no longer use it as a safe haven.

A Royal Marine from 45 Commando provides overwatch with a Grenade Machine Gun. Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

Read the rest of this story on the Defence News website by clicking HERE, or on the images above.

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