UK forces support Afghan operation in Lower Gereshk Valley
Afghan soldiers and police, supported by British troops, have completed an operation to clear insurgents from the Lower Gereshk Valley, in the north of Nahr-e Saraj district.
Operation BIG FISH was planned at a meeting of Afghan security officials including the District Governor and the Chief of Police, which was attended by the Commander of Task Force Helmand, Brigadier Doug Chalmers.
The security shura meets regularly to discuss the district’s security priorities and the allocation of police and army resources.
Major Rupert King-Evans, Fire Support Company Commander, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, said:
“The operation was to clear insurgents, IED components and IED-making facilities from the Lower Gereshk Valley.
“The key point from this operation is that it was an Afghan operation supported by ISAF, and not the other way around. The Afghans planned the operation. We offered advice and, when they requested, we provided support for them.”