Afghan and Australian Special Forces maintain pressure on insurgents

The Afghan Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Forces (ANSF) and Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Task Group (SOTG) have con­tin­ued oper­a­tions against insur­gent net­works in Uruz­gan Province through­out the win­ter peri­od in Afghanistan.

ANSF and SOTG part­nered oper­a­tions have removed five insur­gent com­man­ders from Uruz­gan Province over a peri­od of six weeks dur­ing what is tra­di­tion­al­ly a time of low­er activ­i­ty.

Com­man­der of Joint Task Force 633 Major Gen­er­al Stu­art Smith said these oper­a­tions had degrad­ed the insur­gents’ abil­i­ty to car­ry out attacks with­in Uruz­gan.

“These are key lead­ers with­in the insur­gent net­work that oper­ates through­out Uruz­gan and they are believed to be respon­si­ble for the facil­i­ta­tion and place­ment of Impro­vised Explo­sive Devices (IEDs) and for attacks on ANSF, coali­tion and Aus­tralian troops,” Major Gen­er­al Smith said.

“The SOTG has there­fore made a major con­tri­bu­tion in sup­port of the over­all mis­sion of prepar­ing the Afghans to assume secu­ri­ty respon­si­bil­i­ties in Uruz­gan.”

Through­out these recent oper­a­tions, the part­nered force has also locat­ed and destroyed large quan­ti­ties of IED mate­ri­als and drugs includ­ing 3750kg of ammo­ni­um chlo­ride and 120kg of hero­in, 111kg of opi­um and 150kg of hash.

Com­mand­ing Offi­cer of SOTG, Lieu­tenant Colonel J, said the win­ter oper­a­tions had seen remark­able suc­cess­es.

“The oper­a­tions con­duct­ed by the ANSF and SOTG have tar­get­ed the key insur­gent lead­er­ship, their sup­plies and their drug trade, effec­tive­ly reduc­ing their abil­i­ty to fund and imple­ment their future oper­a­tions,” Lieu­tenant Colonel J said.

“Remov­ing five insur­gent com­man­ders from Uruz­gan Province will not only degrade the insur­gents’ capa­bil­i­ty, it will also improve secu­ri­ty for the Afghan peo­ple as these IED mak­ers and facil­i­ta­tors are no longer in oper­a­tion.”

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia

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