UK advisors support Afghan Army operation
UK soldiers from the Brigade Advisory Group moved into position last week to support the start of the first major Afghan National Army (ANA) offensive of the spring.
Operation SHAFUQ (meaning ‘dawn’ in Pashtu) is a large scale ANA operation to remove the improvised explosive devices which have plagued the lives of local villagers.
The concept, planning and execution of this operation has been entirely down to the ANA, who were looking forward to putting their newly-learned bomb disposal skills to the test.
More than 600 warriors from the ANA and 170 ISAF advisors are involved in the operation.
The ISAF advisors include soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Rifles (3 RIFLES) and 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment who moved into Patrol Base Pimon in the Nad ‘Ali district of Helmand province at the operation’s start.
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