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Army October 11, 2012
1Lt Cari Butler, US Army
SOLDIERS of the Afghan National
Army's 4th Brigade planned and
conducted a major clearance
operation with minimal help from
Australian mentors last month.
The 4th Brigade troops displayed
their ability to conduct mission plan-
ning from the brigade level down to
the platoon level dur-
ing the operation on
Lt Tim Glover,
3RAR Task Group,
said the enthusiasm
the ANA engineers
the clearance opera-
tion was excellent.
has been infectious
throughout the whole clearance force
and the results can be seen in the finds
of weapons and caches they have
picked up," Lt Glover said.
During the operation, Afghan
National Security Forces personnel
successfully searched and cleared more
than 30 structures, safely detonated
one IED and discovered three weapons
"My experiences of operating with
the ANSF have been positive," Lt
"They are a relatively new army
and police force who are keen to draw
on our experiences and implement
them in their own way."
The strong relationship between
coalition forces and ANSF stems from
mutual respect on both sides.
"Once you accept that the ANA has
a unique way of conducting operations
and get on board to assist them with
their way instead of yours, the benefits
outweigh the negatives," Lt Glover
said.This positive attitude and partner-
ship works at all levels
shown by the junior
officers of the infantry
and engineer kandaks
is very promising," he
"With a few more
opportunities to work
together on combined
ops, this partnership will
flourish and provide
positive results in the
Positive rapport is
important internally and externally
with the ANSF.
1Lt Abdul Rahman, 1st Toley
Commander of the 3rd Kandak, 4th
Brigade, said the ANA soldiers had
a strong relationship with the locals
because they treated them with respect.
"If an individual is a Talib, we treat
them as such and we will make sure
that they are held accountable by the
law," 1Lt Rahman said.
"We do searches just like the police.
We search houses, we search people
and we make sure we don't take any-
thing or disrespect anybody."
Afghan Army participants were
augmented by the Afghan National
leads to success
Afghan forces lead joint clearance operation in Uruzgan province
Police in a display of unity during the
joint two-day operation.
"Our relationship with the police
is good," Lt Glover said. "We always
help them whenever they need our
He said the Afghan residents were
less accepting of local police searching
their homes because they were often
related or old friends, causing a con-
flict of interest.
"Switching the district police from
here with another district's police will
receive greater local acceptance and
cooperation," 1Lt Rahman said.
The young commander spoke
strongly for his cause.
"Even if the ANA has nothing,
what we do have is our reputation.
Our name alone puts fear into people
and the people look at us with respect
because we respect the people. If you
respect somebody, in return you will
1Lt Rahman said improvements
would come if positive communica-
tion was upheld between the Afghan
Government, security forces and the
"I want to tell the people to serve
and help the Government of the Islamic
Republic of Afghanistan," he said.
"Don't let the enemy roam free.
Show us where they are so we can
build and defend our country
Joint effort: Australian and Afghan engineers conduct clearing operations in Uruzgan province.
Inset: An Afghan National Army engineer collects information from local children during the operation.
Photos by 1Lt Cari Butler
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