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Afghan police and Royal Marines security helps Helmand villages flourish

September 13, 2011

With the help of 45 Commando Royal Marines, a friendly football match between two amateur teams from neighbouring villages has taken place in Zarghun Kalay in the Nad ‘Ali district of Helmand province.

Two local football teams hold a match in the centre of Zarghun Kalay on a pitch created on derelict land with the help of local contractors and Royal Marines from 45 Commando. Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Andy Laidlaw, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

Two local football teams hold a match in the centre of Zarghun Kalay on a pitch created on derelict land with the help of local contractors and Royal Marines from 45 Commando. Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Andy Laidlaw, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

Until early 2009, the area around Zarghun Kalay was under the firm control of insurgents. That was until they were pushed back by British forces during a major operation. Since then, ISAF and Afghan forces have been providing security from various bases and checkpoints dotted around the villages of Zarghun Kalay and Loy Bagh.

For the last six months, the Royal Marines of Whiskey Company, 45 Commando, have been responsible for the area. Working alongside the Afghan Uniform Police (AUP), they have seen a marked improvement in the security situation.

Continues at: mod.uk – Royal Marines help Afghan locals pitch in

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  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    September 13, 2011 20:25

    Good.
    You have won afraid, exitation of Afghan people and now You are on the road of a major confidence, That appear evident on the friendly football match.
    A big result.
    Thanks very much Claudio Alpaca

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