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Joint Afghan National Security Force, International Security Assistance Force Operation Disrupts Improvised Explosive Device Networks in Kandahar

From the International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan Public Affairs Office

KABUL, Afghanistan –

Afghan national security forces, supported by soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group and K Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, have successfully completed Operation SHAHI TANDAR in the Khakrez and Shah Wali Khot districts of Kandahar. The operation took place between Jan. 7-9.

“The operation was a true coalition success with the agility of a helicopter-borne Royal Marines Commando Company being used to surprise and unhinge the Taliban whilst supported by Canadian Ground Manoeuvre,” said Lt. Col. Charlie Stickland, British Royal Marines, Commanding Officer 42 Commando Group.

During the operation, K Company and British Royal Engineers assaulted at night by helicopter, whilst the 3rd Battalion, RCR and ANSF used ground manoeuvres. While conducting a compound search, soldiers from K Company discovered a small cache of weapons and improvised explosive device components. Further examination of the compound resulted in a larger find of an extensive list of IED-components, including 138 detonators.

“What makes this find so significant is the types and volume of materials that were found,” said Major Marc Saint-Yves, Deputy Commanding Officer of the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group. “There is no doubt that these materials were going to end up as IEDs which would have been used to target ANSF and ISAF soldiers. This would have also resulted in more innocent Afghan citizens being killed or wounded.”

The operation was the latest in a series of ANSF and ISAF operations aimed at providing enduring security in Kandahar province throughout the winter months. Afghan and coalition forces are continuing to improve security so that reconstruction and development can be accelerated and the people of Kandahar can live without fear.

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