Afghanistan – Australian and Afghan Soldiers Conduct Major Road Convoy


Last week approximately 250 Afghan National Army and 1st Mentoring Task Force (MTF-1) soldiers completed Operation TOR GHAR IV (‘Black Mountain’ in Pashtu), a dangerous and complex re-supply convoy between Tarin Kowt and Kandahar in Afghanistan.

Tor Ghar journey across the Oruzgan and Kandahar desert
Australian Light Armoured Vehicles provided security with superior firepower during the 18 hr Tor Ghar journey across the Oruzgan and Kandahar desert.
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The first leg from Tarin Kowt to Kandahar, a 150 kilometre road trip, involving around 100 vehicles, was conducted without incident in around 18 hours on 16 May. The return trip was completed without incident on 20-21 May.

Officer Commanding the MTF-1 elements on Operation TOR GHAR IV, Major David Ryan, said the convoy was the second major re-supply activity to be conducted by the Australian and Afghan soldiers this year.

“We conducted Op TOR GHAR III a couple of months ago with our Afghan National Army counterparts – it went well, but needed some refinement in terms of Afghan Army planning,” Major Ryan said.

“This time the Afghan commanders really stepped up to the plate; planning and executing a successful operation.”

Afghan National Army 4th Brigade Operation Tor Ghar IV American air supported the Tor Ghar convoy during the 18 hour journey to Kandahar Airfield
Soldiers from the Afghan National Army 4th Brigade and the 1st Mentoring Task Force prepare to depart Tarin Kowt on an 18 hour drive to Kandahar.
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A long line of Afghan and Australian vehicles convoyed across the Oruzgan and Kandahar deserts during Operation Tor Ghar IV.
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American air supported the Tor Ghar convoy during the 18 hour journey to Kandahar Airfield.
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The convoy travels down one of the most dangerous roads in Afghanistan, requiring extensive clearance of improvised explosive device threats.

“Our engineers and Afghan engineers worked shoulder-to-shoulder along the highway searching for threats to the convoy,” Major Ryan said.

“The operation was conducted without incident – it is testament to a well planned and executed team effort involving Afghan soldiers, MTF-1 soldiers, Afghan National Police, and engineering and helicopter assets from ISAF Forces.”

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