Afghanistan — MTF‑2 hits ground running in Uruzgan Province

Men­tor­ing Task Force — Two (MTF‑2) has hit the ground run­ning in Uruz­gan, con­duct­ing men­tored patrols with its Afghan Nation­al Army part­ners to dis­rupt insur­gents’ activ­i­ties, locate and destroy weapons and Impro­vised Explo­sive Device (IED) caches, and pro­vide a more secure region.

Build­ing on the good work of MTF‑1, MTF‑2 and its Afghan part­ners have main­tained the pres­sure on insur­gents and been involved in sev­er­al small arms con­tacts in recent weeks. 

In one con­tact on 4 Novem­ber, a patrol near a for­ward oper­at­ing base in the Baluchi Val­ley was engaged by insur­gents with small arms. The sol­diers quick­ly defeat­ed the insur­gents with a com­bi­na­tion of small arms and Aus­tralian 81 mm mor­tars. No Afghan sol­diers, Aus­tralian sol­diers or civil­ians were killed or wound­ed in that engagement. 

The Afghan and Aus­tralian troops have also dis­rupt­ed the insur­gents’ abil­i­ty to plan and con­duct attacks by locat­ing 11 IEDs and five weapons caches over the past fort­night alone. 

Com­mand­ing Offi­cer of MTF‑2, Lieu­tenant Colonel (LTCOL) Dar­ren Hux­ley, has vis­it­ed MTF‑2 sol­diers at for­ward oper­at­ing and patrol bases across Uruz­gan Province to gain an appre­ci­a­tion of the con­di­tions under which they live, fight and train with the Afghan Nation­al Army. 

“It’s extreme­ly impor­tant for com­man­ders to speak with their sol­diers and team lead­ers on a reg­u­lar basis. I gain a faster appre­ci­a­tion for the issues of sig­nif­i­cance to them,” LTCOL Hux­ley said. 

“It’s also a great oppor­tu­ni­ty for me to update the sol­diers on our oper­a­tional plan and to con­grat­u­late them for the great work they’re doing since arriv­ing here. 

MTF‑2 sol­diers have a tough job ahead but I’m in no doubt our sol­diers are up to the task.” 

Media Note: MTF‑2 is the Aus­tralian men­tor­ing con­tin­gent that oper­ates as part of the ISAF flagged, US-led Com­bined Team-Uruzgan. 

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

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