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WORLD NEWS 17
Army July 21, 2011
AFGHAN National Police and their
Australian Special Forces partners have
captured a prominent insurgent bomb
maker and several associates in a tar-
geted operation in Uruzgan's Mirabad
On July 2, members of the Special
Operations Task Group (SOTG) and the
Provincial Response Company Uruzgan
(PRC-U) conducted a cordon and search
operation in a known insurgent area and
detained nine individuals; one was posi-
tively identified as a senior district-level
CO SOTG said the detention of the
commander would further disrupt the
insurgency in southern Afghanistan.
"The man was a significant threat to
friendly forces and the local population,
a key IED facilitator and commander of
many insurgent fighters," he said.
"He was well connected to the senior
insurgent leadership and led attacks in
heavily populated areas of the province."
The insurgent will be transferred to
the US-run detention facility in Parwan
province to await prosecution through the
Afghan judicial system.
"We have been tracking this individual
for several months and the outcomes of
his capture will be significant. Removing
insurgent leaders from Uruzgan has a
considerable impact on insurgent opera-
tions in the province," CO SOTG said.
Combined SOTG and PRC-U opera-
tions have led to the removal of 23 senior
insurgent leaders since March 2011.
By Lt Jesse Platz
The Australian War Memorial
(AWM) will display a rare insight
into the work of the Australian
Special Forces after receiving five
displays from Afghanistan.
The information boards, con-
structed by soldiers from the Special
Operations Task Group (SOTG),
provide a record of some recent
operations and include items recov-
ered from significant actions.
They depict captured insurgent
weaponry, ammunition, communica-
tions systems, equipment and details
of the operational events.
CO SOTG said the public would
gain a better understanding of the
important work Special Forces sol-
diers performed abroad.
"The operational boards reflect
some of the Task Group's achieve-
ments in Afghanistan over the past
decade of operations," he said.
"Australian and international
audiences will gain greater clarity on
some of our roles, tasks and opera-
The operational boards detail
missions from several tours and
include accounts of the capture of
several high-value Taliban targets.
"SOTG will continue this initiative
into the future through similar hand-
made displays. It is important to have
all aspects of the ADF well represent-
ed at the AWM," CO SOTG said.
Staff from the AWM will trans-
fer the operational boards from Al
Minhad Air Base in the United Arab
Emirates to Canberra this month and
they will go on display in the near
Rare insight for AWM
Special work: Personnel from Joint Task Force 633 at Al Minhad Air Base, United Arab Emirates, take a close look at the Special Operations
Task Group's information boards being donated to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Photo by PO Damian Pawlenko
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