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Army April 14, 2011
Joint ops hurt insurgency
THREE weeks of intelligence-led
operations by the Special Operations
Task Group and the Provincial
Response Company-Uruzgan (PRC-U)
has significantly impacted on insur-
gency capability in Afghanistan.
Op Tevara Sin 24, a partnered opera-
tion against leaders of insurgent cells
within Uruzgan, has effectively disman-
tled a regional-level cell and significantly
disrupted two district-level groups in the
Commander of the Australian Forces
in the Middle East Maj-Gen Angus
Campbell said the operations serious-
ly undermined the effectiveness of the
insurgent leadership in central and west-
"Partnered Special Forces operations
in March have resulted in 10 key insur-
gent commanders no longer posing a
threat to local nationals and coalition
forces in Uruzgan province," Maj-Gen
"The insurgency is now more vulner-
able than it has been in recent years and
after a winter period where many of its
caches were discovered and destroyed,
they will find it more difficult to con-
struct home-made bombs and attack
civilian and coalition targets."
The string of successes started on
March 18 when Mullah Abdul Ali, an
insurgent commander responsible for
IED and suicide bomb attacks, was killed
along with his bodyguard when they dis-
played clearly hostile intent against an
approaching patrol in western Uruzgan.
On March 19 a district-level insurgent
commander was detained. He is alleged
to have been heavily involved in the
manufacture, distribution and employ-
ment of IEDs in western Uruzgan.
Concurrent operations on March 27
resulted in the detention of an alleged
district-level commander in the Mirabad
Valley region, and separately a person
believed to be a prolific IED facilitator in
the Deh Rafshan area.
A senior logistician responsible for
supporting several insurgent cells oper-
ating in the central Uruzgan region
was killed on March 28 along with two
armed insurgents in Deh Rafshan after
they engaged a patrol with small-arms
fire.It was later confirmed that accom-
plished IED manufacturer and facilitator
Ahmadi Kaka was killed in the attack.
"His death is considered a serious
blow to the insurgent groups currently
consolidating after the winter period,
and highlights the effectiveness of our
partnered PRC-U and SOTG operations
against the insurgent leadership," Maj-
Gen Campbell said.
On March 30, a district-level insur-
gent commander and IED facilitator was
detained in an operation in the Khod
The partnered force continued its suc-
cessful operation, killing regional-level
commander Muhammad Wali during an
engagement in the Mirabad Valley on
An 82mm mortar and associated
ammunition, personal weapons and items
used in the manufacture of IEDs were
also captured in the operation.
THE Provincial Afghan Government
in Uruzgan passed a major milestone
as more than 700 elders and leaders
attended a province-wide meeting in
Tarin Kot on March 27.
The shura was an opportunity for
the Uruzgan provincial, district and
village leadership to come together to
discuss the improvements in governance,
development and security throughout
The role played by Australian and
other ISAF personnel was limited to air-
lift, transport and specialist support with
the Afghan National Security Forces pro-
viding security for the event.
Deputy Commander Combined Team
Uruzgan Col Dennis Malone said the
success of the day was measured through
the safe conduct of the shura.
"The ability of Governor Shirzad to
host a shura of this importance and draw
so many key leaders from across the
province, as well as line ministers from
Kabul, highlights that security has stabi-
lised to the point where provincial gov-
ernance is able to be exercised. This was
a great day for Uruzgan province and its
people," Col Malone said.
Hundreds turn out
for provincial shura
Major shura: More than 700 local leaders prepare to begin a provincial
meeting in Tarin Kot.
Photo by US Air Force Senior Airman DeAndre Curtiss
Successful operations: Special Forces soldiers call in a resupply amid Uruzgan province's rugged
mountains. Inset, a soldier crosses a river during a partnered patrol with Afghan police.
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