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The Afghan National Army
(ANA) continues to expand its
security footprint in Uruzgan,
successfully completing the
first phase of Operation Roshan
-- aimed at allowing basic ser-
vices to be introduced in the
Charmestan region in the east
of the province.
Op Roshan is an ANA-
planned and led security opera-
tion involving the 3rd Kandak of
the 4th Brigade, with mentoring
support from MTF 3. The aim is
to disrupt insurgent movements
and their ability to conduct
operations in the Charmestan
CO MTF 3 Lt-Col Chris
Smith said the success of the
first phase had set the scene for
the Provincial Government's
expansion deeper into the
eastern reaches of the Mirabad
Governor, Governor Shirzad,
said he could not send govern-
ment workers into the area
unless their security could be
guaranteed," Lt-Col Smith said.
"Our purpose is to men-
tor the 3rd Kandak into the
Charmestan Valley to help them
establish and maintain security
in the area.
"Insurgent action against
people associated with the
Afghan Government has been
holding back local develop-
ment and the reaction to the 3rd
Kandak and MTF 3 partnered
operation has been very positive.
"Just like Australians, locals
want access to doctors, schools
and decent roads. The first step
in providing this is to stop insur-
gents from violently opposing
even basic improvements to
quality of life."
A new security base will
be constructed at the main
Charmestan Valley intersection
to provide Afghan security forc-
es with a permanent local pres-
ence and the ability to maintain
"We will continue to work
with the ANA by helping to
construct the security base and
to make sure they have the skills
to keep insurgents from return-
ing and attacking civilians,
including those providing criti-
cal health and medical services,"
Lt-Col Smith said.
Planning ahead: Lt Jack McClory, MTF 3, and an Afghan Army
soldier provide security to engineers as they conduct compound
searches during Op Roshan in the Charmestan Valley. Inset: OC
Alpha Company Maj Tony Bennett explains Op Roshan on a mud
map before the start of the operation in Charmestan Valley.
Photos by AB Jo Dilorenzo
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