Australian And Afghan Soldiers Help Keep Village Safe

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DEFENCE MEDIA RELEASE



Issued by Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 1545



MSPA 485/10

Friday, 14 October 2010


Australian and Afghan soldiers help keep Village safe


Australian and Afghan forces have successfully found and removed a large number of

Improvised Explosive Device parts from locations close to a

village market

in the

Dorafshan region of Uruzgan province. 


The operation, conducted during September, involved Afghan forces of the Provincial

Response Company partnered with Australian soldiers of the Special Operations Task

Group.


The joint operation succeeded in removing Improvised Explosive Device components,

ammunition, and anti-personnel mines found near a village bazaar.


“These Improvised Explosive Device parts and ammunition would have been used to

target Afghan locals and security forces and ISAF forces,” Commander of the Special

Operations Task Group, LTCOL C said.


“The fact that these items were hidden near populated areas shows that the insurgents

continue to disregard the safety of innocent Afghan civilians.”


Some of the recovered items were destroyed in place while

other devices were

rendered safe and transported to the Multinational Base - Tarin Kot.


Provincial Response Company members are invaluable to Special Operations Task

Group operations as they have community connections and local knowledge of the

areas in which the Special Operations Task Group operates. 


Special Operations Task Group operations in Uruzgan Province are focused on

disrupting insurgent activity and supporting the Afghan Government in the province.


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Media contact: Defence Media Liaison: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

 







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