Australian Special Forces Hit Insurgents Hard

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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 519/10

Friday, 5 November 2010


Uruzgan Provincial Response Company and Australian

Special Forces hit insurgents hard


The Australian Defence Force and Afghan National Police recently conducted highly

successful joint operations in the Shah Wali Kot region of northern Kandahar,

Afghanistan.  These operations killed numerous insurgents, including an Improvised

Explosive Device (IED) facilitator, Mullah Mohammed Rahim, and mid-level

commanders.


The Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) and the Uruzgan Provincial Response

Company (PRC) operations also netted a large number of weapons.


Commander of Joint Task Force 633, Major General John Cantwell, said Mullah

Rahim and his men demonstrated ruthlessness and disregard for civilian safety, firing

at the Afghan and Australian force from multiple machine gun positions in and

around civilian compounds.


He said at one stage during the contact Afghan and Australian soldiers escorted up to

34 women and children to safety while under fire. 


It was during these operations that four SOTG soldiers were wounded (as reported by

Defence on Monday 25 October). No Afghan civilians were injured or killed during

the operation.


“The soldiers of the SOTG and the PRC ensured the safety of a large number of

villagers under threat of indiscriminate insurgent fire before regaining control of the

battlefield and clearing the area,” Major General Cantwell said.


“The SOTG and Afghan forces exercised careful judgement in this complex

environment identifying insurgents and ensuring that no villagers were harmed by

their fire,” he added.


The insurgent identified as Mullah Mohammed Rahim was known to have

commanded up to 30 insurgent fighters and for his significant involvement in the

construction and use of IEDs.


Major General Cantwell said the elimination of Mullah Rahim, and other high

and

mid-level Taliban insurgents, would hinder the insurgents’ ability to operate in the

Shah Wali Kot region.


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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


Media Releases are available via e-mail if you register at www.defence.gov.au/media

Two of the four wounded SOTG soldiers have returned to Australia for further

treatment.


Both men are in a satisfactory condition and will make a full recovery.


The other two soldiers wounded in the same incident have returned to operational

duties.


For more information regarding Australian Defence Force operations in Afghanistan,



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








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