UK soldiers help Afghans clear supply route
British soldiers embedded with an Afghan National Army unit recently to offer advice on a three-day operation to clear a vital supply route and search for insurgents.
The operation saw soldiers from 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, known as the Welsh Cavalry, work closely with a heavy weapons company from the Afghan National Army’s (ANA’s) 3/215 Brigade in northern Nad ‘Ali.
The soldiers cleared either side of a main supply route in the area so Afghan Uniform Police (AUP) could move up behind them and search compounds for insurgents.
During the operation a pressure-plate improvised explosive device (IED) was discovered, which was dealt with by the Afghan Explosive Hazard Reduction Team – the ANA’s counter-IED specialists, who gathered evidence and destroyed the device in place.
The soldiers did not come into contact with any insurgents and, once the area was secure, a team of engineers moved in to build three checkpoints which will be manned permanently by the AUP.
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