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Afghan Police lead their first air assault in Helmand

August 22, 2011

The Afghan Uniform Police (AUP) has taken part in its first helicopter assault operation in Helmand province, alongside soldiers from 1st Battalion The Rifles (1 RIFLES).

British soldiers from A Company, 1st Battalion The Rifles, and patrolmen of the Afghan Uniform Police on the ground following their helicopter insertion into the area of operations [Picture: Sergeant Alison Baskerville, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011]

British soldiers from A Company, 1st Battalion The Rifles, and patrolmen of the Afghan Uniform Police on the ground following their helicopter insertion into the area of operations. Picture: Sergeant Alison Baskerville, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

The operation, codenamed ZANGAL HAF (Zangal Hope) after the village close to where the operation would take place, was aimed at disrupting insurgents in the Nahr-e Saraj district, where the 1 RIFLES Battle Group is based.

Early on the morning of the operation, soldiers from A Company (A Coy), 1 RIFLES, and the AUP patrolmen boarded Chinook helicopters in Camp Bastion and flew deep into the Green Zone, behind enemy lines.

With the AUP in the lead, the combined force of soldiers and policemen moved towards their intended target.

With temperatures rising fast under the Helmand sun, mud-clogged fields underfoot, and endless rows of seven-foot-high (2.1m), densely packed maize and corn ‘jungles’, progress was slow and draining.

The operation took place during the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset. Their religion means that the AUP are unable to eat or drink during the day and that can prevent them from taking part in operations.

However, with permission from Lieutenant Colonel Masloom, who works in Nahidullah, the patrolmen opted to break their fast so they could play a key role in securing the area.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Daisydot40 permalink
    August 22, 2011 17:18

    Well done to all involved. Great job and stay safe xx

  2. August 22, 2011 18:27

    My name is Tony McNally I am a British Falklands War veteran who has PTSD due to my military service. More of my fellow soldiers have taken their own lives 300+ than the 255 that where killed in action during the brief but savage eight week War. I have found that writing poetry has been therapeutic in self helping my condition and I advice others to maybe try writing things down. In the UK we are way behind the US in understanding and treating veterans with PTSD and sadly this stigma attached to mental health contributes to suicides. I want to help raise awareness and desperately need money for veterans charities like Talking2minds http://www.talking2minds.co.uk/ started by a former SAS soldier. My aim is to write a book of poetry which I have now opened up to short stories, photographs, anything you feel relevant to traumatic events. Material is welcome from non military sources, Paramedics, Fire-fighters, nurses , Police Officers who has something to say but also wants to help. This is a pro bono project and you can keep your copyright. You may contact this amazing lady based in the US, Remy a fabulous Champion of veterans with PTSD here at remybenoit@gmail.com with your word contribution. 

    Thank You, Stay safe guys your doing a great job and we are very proud of you all.

    Tony 

  3. hectoranibal permalink
    August 23, 2011 23:18

    lo saludo a tony y lo felicito por su accion, soy tambien veterano de la guerra de malvinas,todos emos quedados marcados por ella.de cualquiera de los dos bandos.
    saludos a todos afectuosamente
    hetoranibal-chajari,agosto2011

  4. August 24, 2011 18:47

    Estimado hetoranibal-Chajarí, gracias por los comentarios de su tipo. Es triste que tuvimos que ir a la guerra y me gustaría sumissions para el libro de otros veteranos de Malvinas,

    Saludos

    tony

  5. cifrobyte permalink
    August 26, 2011 21:21

    Good foto ! Тhank you for the site.

    http://cifrobyte.com/

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