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Afghan soldiers beat Royal Marines in Helmand football match

August 15, 2011

Royal Marines recently played Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in the inaugural match of the newly-formed football league of Rahim Kalay, a small farming community previously ravaged by fighting and terrorised by insurgents.

Royal Marines play soldiers of the Afghan National Army in the inaugural match of the newly-formed football league of Rahim Kalay [Picture: Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Stapleton, US Navy/ISAF 2011]

Royal Marines play soldiers of the Afghan National Army in the inaugural match of the newly-formed football league of Rahim Kalay. Picture: Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Stapleton, US Navy/ISAF 2011.

Since the Royal Marines of Kilo Company (K Coy), 42 Commando, arrived in Rahim, deep in the green zone of Nahr-e Saraj (South) [NES(S)], in April, they’ve worked closely with the 4th Tolay (Company) of the 6th Kandak (an Afghan battalion) of the ANA, fighting and patrolling side by side against the insurgents.

However, with a trophy – the Cobra Cup – at stake, both sides knew the close bonds that had been formed over four months would be left to one side.

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  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    August 15, 2011 22:34

    It is a moment that ispire peace and a reality where no exist English and Afghan, but merily men.
    Thanks Claudio Alpaca

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