Australian And Afghan Soldiers Conduct Major Road Convoy

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

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 1545

MSPA 185/10

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Australian and Afghan Soldiers Conduct Major Road Convoy

Last week approximately 250 Afghan National Army and 1st Mentoring Task Force

(MTF-1) soldiers completed Operation TOR GHAR IV (‘Black Mountain’ in Pashtu),

a dangerous and complex re-supply convoy between Tarin Kowt and Kandahar in


The first leg from Tarin Kowt to Kandahar, a 150 kilometre road trip, involving

around 100 vehicles, was conducted without incident in around 18 hours on 16 May.

The return trip was completed without incident on 20-21 May. 

Officer Commanding the MTF-1 elements on Operation TOR GHAR IV, Major

David Ryan, said the convoy was the second major re-supply activity to be conducted

by the Australian and Afghan soldiers this year.

“We conducted Op TOR GHAR III a couple of months ago with our Afghan National

Army counterparts – it went well, but needed some refinement in terms of Afghan

Army planning,” Major Ryan said.

“This time the Afghan commanders really stepped up to the plate; planning and

executing a successful operation.” 

The convoy travels down one of the most dangerous roads in Afghanistan, requiring

extensive clearance of improvised explosive device threats.  

“Our engineers and Afghan engineers worked shoulder-to-shoulder along the highway

searching for threats to the convoy,” Major Ryan said.

“The operation was conducted without incident – it is testament to a well planned and

executed team effort involving Afghan soldiers, MTF-1 soldiers, Afghan National

Police, and engineering and helicopter assets from ISAF Forces.” 

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For more information on the Australian Defence Force’s operations in Afghanistan

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

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