Afghan led security operation in Uruzgan completes first phase

The Afghan Nation­al Army (ANA) con­tin­ues to expand its secu­ri­ty foot­print in Uruz­gan, suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ing the first phase of Oper­a­tion ROSHAN — aimed at allow­ing basic ser­vices to be intro­duced in the Charmes­tan region in the east of the province.

Oper­a­tion ROSHAN is an ANA-planned and led secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion involv­ing the 3 rd Kan­dak of the 4 th Brigade, with men­tor­ing sup­port from the Aus­tralian Men­tor­ing Task Force – Three (MTF-3).

The aim is to dis­rupt insur­gent move­ment and their abil­i­ty to con­duct oper­a­tions in the Charmes­tan region.

Com­mand­ing Offi­cer of MTF-3 Lieu­tenant Colonel Chris Smith said the suc­cess of the first phase had set the scene for the Provin­cial Government’s expan­sion deep­er into the east­ern reach­es of the Mirabad Val­ley.

Uruzgan’s Provin­cial Gov­er­nor, Gov­er­nor Shirzad, said he could not send gov­ern­ment work­ers into the area unless their secu­ri­ty could be guar­an­teed. Our pur­pose is to men­tor the 3 rd Kan­dak into the Charmes­tan Val­ley to help them estab­lish and main­tain secu­ri­ty in the area,” Lieu­tenant Colonel Smith said.

Insur­gent action against peo­ple asso­ci­at­ed with the Afghan Gov­ern­ment has been hold­ing back local devel­op­ment and the reac­tion to the 3 rd Kan­dak and MTF-3 part­nered oper­a­tion had been very pos­i­tive.

“Just like Aus­tralians, locals want access to doc­tors, schools and decent roads.

“The first step in pro­vid­ing this is to stop insur­gents from vio­lent­ly oppos­ing even basic improve­ments to qual­i­ty-of-life.”

A new secu­ri­ty base will be con­struct­ed at the main Charmes­tan Val­ley inter­sec­tion to pro­vide Afghan secu­ri­ty forces with a per­ma­nent local pres­ence and the abil­i­ty to main­tain secu­ri­ty.

We will con­tin­ue to work with the ANA by help­ing to con­struct the secu­ri­ty base and to make sure they have the skills to keep insur­gents from return­ing and attack­ing civil­ians, includ­ing those pro­vid­ing crit­i­cal health and med­ical ser­vices,” Lieu­tenant Colonel Smith said.

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

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