Afghan Soldiers discover large cache of recoilless rifle rounds in Kandalay

ZHARAY DISTRICT, KANDAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan sol­diers con­duct­ing an inde­pen­dent patrol in Kan­dalay, in east­ern Zharay dis­trict, Feb. 11, dis­cov­ered a large cache of 82mm recoil­less rifle rounds hid­den in a grape hut, in the same loca­tion a pre­vi­ous cache was dis­cov­ered last year.

Sol­diers of 3rd Brigade, 205th Corps, Afghanistan Nation­al Army, pro­vide secu­ri­ty for a route con­struc­tion project, Zharay dis­trict, Kan­da­har province, Afghanistan. (Pho­to by Spc. Jason Nolte)
Source: NATO

Sol­diers from the 3rd Kan­dak of the 3rd Brigade, 205th Afghan Army Corps, went to the cache loca­tion after telling their part­ners from Com­bined Task Force Spartan’s 2nd Bat­tal­ion, 87th Infantry Reg­i­ment that they want­ed to con­duct an inde­pen­dent patrol south of High­way 1. When the patrol had fin­ished their search, they dis­cov­ered 19 recoil­less rifle rounds and a large amount of elec­tri­cal wiring com­mon­ly used by insur­gents for impro­vised explo­sive devices and launch­ing rockets. 

The 82mm recoil­less rifle rounds and elec­tri­cal wiring were trans­port­ed to For­ward Oper­at­ing Base Pasab for fur­ther exploitation. 

The Afghan Army had not pre­vi­ous­ly con­duct­ed an inde­pen­dent patrol more than 100 meters south of High­way 1, so their will­ing­ness to patrol approx­i­mate­ly 750 meters south, shows their increas­ing con­fi­dence and pro­fes­sion­al­ism, John­son said. 

“The fact that (the Afghan Army) were so will­ing to con­duct this uni­lat­er­al patrol so deep, speaks vol­umes about their con­fi­dence lev­els and abil­i­ty to han­dle the respon­si­bil­i­ty of secur­ing the area,” said Capt. Zach John­son, the com­man­der of coali­tion forces in the area. “The Afghan leadership’s desire to con­duct joint plan­ning pri­or to the mis­sion is also a great suc­cess, and they have made tremen­dous progress in this regard, from where they were only a few months ago. 

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