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Army October 13, 2011
THE troops of MTF 3 have continued to
build on the achievements of their pre-
decessors and enjoyed significant suc-
cesses in their first months of operation
in Afghanistan's Uruzgan province.
Since the ADF mentoring mission start-
ed in 2009, the Afghan National Army's
(ANA) 4th Brigade has regularly demon-
strated an increased ability to take control
of local security and allow development
and governance to expand impressively
across large areas of the province.
MTF 3, led by 2RAR under the com-
mand of Lt-Col Chris Smith, will be
deployed to Afghanistan until February
next year, having started its rotation on
According to Lt-Col Smith, there has
been a marked improvement in ANA 4
Bde's ability to plan, lead, execute and sus-
"The ANA is conducting more opera-
tions of extended duration and distance
to attack insurgents and search for illegal
weapons and drugs," Lt-Col Smith said.
During the first three months of MTF 3
mentoring operations in Uruzgan province,
Australian and Afghan forces have:
Discovered more than 80 insurgent
caches containing quantities of explo-
sives, IED components and weapons.
Found and removed nearly 40 IEDs
from the area of operations.
Been involved in 30 small-arms fire
Captured an insurgent leader who was
responsible for the facilitation of IED
construction and placement.
Conducted numerous night operations,
including one which resulted in a suc-
During a contact in the Char Chineh
Valley in late August, MTF 3 personnel
rescued a local man who had been kid-
napped by insurgents three weeks earli-
er and had been beaten and whose legs
were manacled. He turned out to be a
member of the Afghan National Security
Forces and was returned to a patrol
base to begin his recovery. "As a task
force, we have had some sad times, but
we have also enjoyed many successes,"
CO MTF 3 Lt-Col Chris Smith said. "We
have seriously disrupted the insurgents,
seen our Afghan partners continue to
grow in confidence and capability. Every
member of the team believes in the mis-
sion and realises how important what
we are doing here is."
MTF 3 on road to success
Joint patrol: A soldier from 6 Kandak, Afghan National Army props down and keeps a lookout with Pte
Jon Timms in the green zone of Lwar Owshay in Uruzgan province, during a security patrol.
Photo by PO Damian Pawlenko
cessful ANA-led ambush against insur-
Conducted a number of ANA-planned
and led operations across the province,
forcing insurgents to flee the region and
abandon previously unchallenged supply
Although the task force recently suf-
fered its first fatality, Pte Matthew Lambert,
Lt-Col Smith said the soldiers had been
encouraged by their successes and were
focussed on the mission at hand, as the so-
called fighting season transitions into the
harsh Afghan winter.
He said recent successes demonstrat-
ed the ANA was well on the way to tak-
ing complete charge of its own security in
Uruzgan province by 2014, setting the con-
ditions for effective regional governance
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