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WORLD NEWS 17
Army August 18, 2011
On the lookout: Australian and Afghan
National Army soldiers establish their
overwatch position during Op Omeed Atil
as a MTF 3 convoy (inset) conducts final
checks before starting the operation in the
Deh Rafshan Valley, Afghanistan.
Photos by AB Jo Dilerenzo
THE Afghan National Army (ANA)
and MTF 3 have added to their haul
of insurgent munitions after uncover-
ing several caches during a recent
operation in Uruzgan province.
Operation Omeed Atil, led by the
ANA's new 6th infantry Kandak and
supported by soldiers from MTF 3,
was the first operation between the two
The week-long operation uncovered
a significant number of IED compo-
nents, illegal weapons, RPG launchers
The OC of the 6th Kandak's men-
toring company, Maj Nick Hodda, said
one of the main aims of the operation
was to test the ANA's ability to conduct
operations without direct Australian
"The operation exceeded expecta-
tions," he said. "Within a few days, the
6th Kandak was able to independently
cordon and search compounds for
IEDs, illegal drugs and weapons," Maj
Hodda said. "Towards the end of the
operation we were able to stand back
with increasing confidence and watch
them take charge."
Op Omeed Atil was aimed at
degrading insurgent influence in
Uruzgan and building local confidence
in the Afghan National Security Forces.
"On a number of occasions, the
ANA located IEDs, illegal weapons
and drugs, independent of mentoring
support," Maj Hodda said.
MTF 3 CO Lt-Col Chris Smith said
the operation showed the ANA was
capable of planning and conducting
"This operation shows that the ANA
has achieved real progress towards
their goal of taking charge of their own
security," he said.
in joint operation
Weapons haul: A collection of illegal weapons and ammunition found by
the Afghan National Army during Op Omeed Atil.
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