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Ex ARA CPL (10 yrs)
Army February 3, 2011
By Lt-Col Michael Harris
AFGHAN security forces and
Australian troops have detained
a leading bomb maker during a
series of coordinated operations
in western and northern Uruzgan.
Mullah Wali Jan was captured
and detained by members of the
Uruzgan-based Provincial Response
Company (PRC-U), supported by
Special Operations Task Group
(SOTG) soldiers during an opera-
tion in northern Uruzgan.
The operations involved Afghan
National Police clearing more than
150 compounds in one day alone.
A large number of weapons,
munitions and improvised explo-
sive device caches were discovered
during the clearance operations. A
number of Afghans were detained
in connection with the cache finds.
Mullah Wali Jan is believed to
be a close associate of Mullah Wali
Jan Akhund, the top insurgent com-
mander in central Uruzgan.
He was reported to have regu-
larly transported IED components
to insurgent groups and facilitated
attacks on Afghan and international
In Mirabad, locals had requested
a security presence be established in
A combined force of 200 sol-
diers swept through the area using
the Afghan National Army's 3rd
Kandak of the 4th Brigade and
troops from MTF 2.
The 3rd Kandak's CO, Lt-Col
Colonel Sayed Sera Judin, and his
operations team planned the clear-
ance operation with support from
their Australian mentors.
Australian mentoring team OC
Maj Brenton Pearce said although
the area was a known insurgent
stronghold, the force encountered
"What we need to do now is fol-
low on with development through
local and key leader engagement,"
"If we can bring security and
development to Sorkh Lez, the peo-
ple will start to prosper through
legitimate income. Good govern-
ance will then follow and Sorkh Lez
The Commander of Australian
forces in the Middle East, Maj-Gen
Angus Campbell, said the recent
successful operations by the Afghan
security forces and Australian
troops had disrupted insurgent
activity and would improve security
for the Afghan people.
"These operations will reduce
the ability of insurgents to conduct
attacks against soldiers from the
Afghan forces and Combined Team-
Uruzgan," he said.
Bomb maker caught
Group session: An Afghan police officer and an Australian Special Forces
soldier talk about local issues with villagers.
Hunting trip: Afghan National
Police officers and Australian
Special Forces soldiers board
helicopters during operations in
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