Uruzgan’s newest Afghan National Security Force Patrol Base opens

Afghan Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Forces have estab­lished a new patrol base near the vil­lage of Hey­dar on the east­ern edge of the Mirabad Val­ley in Uruz­gan province, which will allow the expan­sion of secu­ri­ty and gov­er­nance into the area.

A suc­cess­ful secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion over the past six weeks has facil­i­tat­ed the con­struc­tion of the patrol base by Afghan Nation­al Army engi­neers under Aus­tralian guid­ance on an impor­tant insur­gent infil­tra­tion route. 

The Com­mand­ing Offi­cer of Men­tor­ing Task Force-Two, Lieu­tenant Colonel Dar­ren Hux­ley, said insur­gent activ­i­ty in the area had pre­vi­ous­ly denied the Afghan peo­ple access to impor­tant gov­ern­ment ser­vices and infra­struc­ture development. 

“The patrol base con­nects the peo­ple of this area with the Afghan Nation­al Army who are the Afghan Government’s secu­ri­ty rep­re­sen­ta­tives. It gives them a vis­i­ble sym­bol of the grow­ing pow­er and reach of their gov­ern­ment,” Lieu­tenant Colonel Hux­ley said. 

“We don’t have to let the ene­my divide the peo­ple of Mirabad. We can pro­tect the peo­ple by bring­ing secu­ri­ty to them,” the Com­mand­ing Offi­cer of the 3rd Kan­dak, 4th Brigade of the 205th Corps, Lieu­tenant Colonel Sayed Sera Judin, said. 

Lieu­tenant Colonel Sayed Sera Judin’s Aus­tralian men­tor, Major B.J. Pearce, said the per­ma­nent patrol base offered more than just secu­ri­ty to the locals. 

“This oper­a­tion will enable a more secure lifestyle for the local nation­als through­out the val­ley while also pro­vid­ing the Afghan gov­ern­ment with a sol­id foun­da­tion upon which it can bring devel­op­ment into the area,” Major Pearce said. 

Patrol Base Mohammed was offi­cial­ly opened last month by Brigadier Gen­er­al Zafar, Com­man­der 4th Infantry Brigade, 205 Hero Corps, and Afghan Nation­al Army. The cer­e­mo­ny was also attend­ed by local key lead­ers, and Afghan and coali­tion force rep­re­sen­ta­tives. The patrol base is named after a fall­en Afghan Nation­al Army soldier. 

The trans­fer of secu­ri­ty respon­si­bil­i­ties for the patrol base to the 3rd Kan­dak, demon­strates their increas­ing tac­ti­cal capability. 

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

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