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Army February 17, 2011
Remote patrol bases and targeted cache-busting
operations are helping Afghan and Australian
soldiers restrict insurgent activities in Uruzgan.
IN THE build up to the Afghan fight-
ing season, restricting insurgents'
access to weapons and denying
them the ability to move freely
throughout the Mirabad Valley have
been guiding strategies behind opera-
tions involving Afghan National Army
(ANA) soldiers and their Australian
New patrol bases and platoon houses
throughout the region have been keys to
disrupting insurgent influence in remote
areas and improving local communities'
trust in the ANA's ability to offer protec-
tion.Information from locals led soldiers
from the recently established Patrol Base
Samad to a series of weapons caches and
an IED-making facility, taking more than
400kg of explosives and 20 prepared
IEDs out of circulation.
Mentoring Team Leader Lt Alex
Davidson said the cache finds had come
at a pivotal time, as the Afghan winter
gives way to the warmer fighting season.
"We located six rocket propelled gre-
nades, a mortar, rocket propelled grenade
motors, detonator cords and electrical
IED components," he said. "All of these
are components for IEDs, so we've hit
[the insurgents] where it hurts."
The local communities in the vicin-
ity of Patrol Base Samad provided vital
information on the IED-making facility
and other recent cache finds, which have
included significant quantities of rockets,
munitions and weapon systems.
Another mission conducted by the
ANA and their Australian partners during
the final week of January uncovered sig-
nificant quantities of aluminium powder,
a key component used in the production
With trust and information from
locals proving so valuable, it's not sur-
prising more ANA outposts are being
established throughout the region, with
help from Australian forces.
Platoon House Hamid is one such
outpost. It was the last stop in a major
patrol of 50 ANA soldiers from the 3rd
Kandak and 70 Australian soldiers from
MTF 2's Combat Team Bravo, clearing
east from Patrol Base Musazai to the vil-
lage of Sorkh Lez.
Within 48 hours the clearance had
been completed -- unopposed by the
insurgents -- and a permanent security
presence had been established in a strate-
gic location within Sorkh Lez.
Clearing the area was a high priority
for MTF 2, according to Combat Team
Bravo OC Maj Brenton Pearce.
"Sorkh Lez was a weak point in our
defences that could be exploited by the
insurgents," he said.
"The platoon house needed to be
built in an area that dominated the major
transport routes and intersections
"It also needed observation over
the Sorkh Lez
is the main
for the area,
which we need-
ed to dominate."
sion from local
elders, the sol-
diers occupied an
of beginning con-
two large gaps at
each end of the
perimeter wall ha
ers, small rooms
into a command post
and regimental aid post and two ANA
vehicle checkpoints were set up on the
Development will follow security
in Sorkh Lez, with community engage-
ment activities, project coordination and
government liaison planned to offer the
locals a viable alternative to criminal or
d observation ove r
Digging in: Australian
and US soldiers work
to build Platoon House
Bombs away: ANA's
Maj Mohammad Dieu
discusses a cache find
with MTF 2's Cpl Isaac
Deadly devices: An
ANA soldier inspects a
blasting cap from one
of 20 IEDs seized in a
recent operation (inset).
Photos by Cpl Christopher Dickson
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