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Maj Chris Linden and
Cpl Hamish Paterson
AFGHAN soldiers from 6 Kandak joined the
3RAR Task Group's Mentoring Team Bravo to
clear an area of high insurgent activity in the Shah
Wali Kot district of Northern Kandahar from
The Afghan planned and led Operation Sarak
Ahzady' (independent road) focused on disrupting
insurgent activity near the township of Sabzel Kalay.
Insurgents tried to stop the operation from the
outset and the joint force was harassed with small
arms and rocket propelled grenade fire over a number
OC Mentoring Team Bravo Maj Travis Gordon
said the Afghans performed well under fire to com-
plete their tasks.
"In contact, the Afghan commanders manoeuvred
On insurgents' home turf
Afghans lead mission with Australian support into Shah Wali Kot district
their force elements decisively, giving accurate, clear
and timely orders to support their own actions and
negate the actions of insurgents," he said.
"The soldiers were highly motivated, displaying
good aggression when under fire."
Commander 6 Kandak Lt-Col Golam Farook
said his soldiers were ready to maintain security in
"The ANA have had a very short time to create a
new army," he said.
"The ANA's job has not only been to protect the
people and our politicians, but to show the best way
forward for security and how to make an independent
country and to have a safe environment to conduct
politics. We are ready to protect them and to defend
During the operation the Afghan soldiers patrolled
the Sabzel Kalay area, meeting with the local people,
discussing security issues, identify insurgents and
searching buildings for insurgent caches.
Maj Gordon said the Afghans did a good job
employing their key search capability.
"They were deliberate in their searching and they
were very thorough in looking for IEDs and other
caches within the compounds they entered," he said.
"The patrol in to Sabzel Kalay went very well and
the ANA showed they have improved significantly
over the period of mentoring not only by Mentoring
Team Bravo but by previous Australian mentors.
"Moving in to Sabzel Kalay is something the
Afghans have not done regularly over our time here
in patrol base Sorkh Bid and the confidence they have
gained in conducting today's activity will see them be
able to grow security in their area."
In contact, the
manoeuvred their force
elements decisively ...
-- Maj Travis Gordon,
OC Mentoring Team Bravo
Soldiers from the 3RAR
Task Group scan an area
for an insurgent spotter
from the town of Sabzel
Kalay during a joint patrol
with Afghan soldiers
of 2 Tolay (platoon), 6
Kandak. Inset left, the
patrol moves in vehicles
towards the town. Inset
right, OC Mentoring
Team Bravo Maj Travis
Gordon speaks with the 2
Tolay commander at the
patrol's defensive position
outside Sabzel Kalay.
Photos by Cpl Hamish Patterson
Check out more photos
from the patrol in the
online edition of Army
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