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WORLD NEWS 17
Army September 29, 2011
A HIGHLY successful Afghan
National Security Force and
Special Operations Task Group
(SOTG) partnered operation
in Helmand province uncov-
ered a narcotics laboratory
housing enough ingredients to
manufacture drugs worth about
The partnered forces descend-
ed on the facility in the Baghran
District of Helmand province, close
to the border of Uruzgan province,
on September 17 and spent most of
the weekend clearing the facility.
CO SOTG, Lt-Col G said it was
the biggest find Australian Special
Forces had been involved in to
"The facility is reported to be
one of the largest heroin-producing
facilities destroyed in Afghanistan
in the past five years, and profits
from it were responsible for financ-
ing insurgent attacks against ISAF
and Afghan forces," Lt-Col G said.
Two SOTG members, an
Afghan National Interdiction Unit
officer and an Afghan interpreter
were wounded when the partnered
force came under attack from insur-
gents defending their narcotics
"The four wounded men
received immediate first aid at the
scene," Lt-Col G said.
"Three of the more seriously
wounded, including one of the
SOTG members, were aero-medi-
cally evacuated to a nearby medical
"These three men were subse-
quently transferred to the Role 3
medical facility at Camp Bastion in
Helmand province, where they are
receiving specialist care.
"The second SOTG member,
who sustained a superficial wound,
stayed with the patrol
to complete the mis-
soldiers have both
been assessed as
being in a stable con-
dition and their fami-
lies have been noti-
fied of the incident."
Lt-Col G said sev-
eral weapons, ammu-
nition and a large
quantity of narcotics
ment and chemicals
were also seized and
destroyed during the
"This loss will
be a massive blow to
the revenue insurgents would have
gained by manufacturing and sell-
ing narcotics," he said.
"That amount of money not
going into the insurgency cam-
paign will no doubt have a signifi-
cant effect on narcotics networks
and insurgent activities in the
During the mission a number
of insurgents were killed. A small
group of insurgents were also
detained and taken to Multinational
Base Tarin Kot for processing.
Equipment seized: An opium press found
during a partnered operation in Baghran.
Big drug haul
a team effort
Large find: Some
of the metal drums
used for processing
drugs found during
an Afghan National
and SOTG search
of a narcotics
in Helmand province.
It is the biggest find
SOTG has been
involved in to date.
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