Afghan warriors and British soldiers recently bridged a canal while under enemy fire as part of an operation to bring security to a troubled area of Helmand province.
Afghan engineers hastily bridge a canal to allow troops to advance freely and avoid potential enemy ambush sites. Assisted by British engineers, the canal was crossed under fire as insurgents in the area fought to regain the initiative. Picture: Corporal Barry Lloyd RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012
Operation ZMARAY SAIFULLAH 2 was planned and executed by Afghan warriors from the 4th Kandak (Battalion) of 3/215 Brigade, with help from British soldiers of the Brigade Advisory Group.
The operation involved Afghan engineers bridging the Nahr-e Saraj canal to allow troops to clear the area of Mohajeri in central Helmand and to search compounds known to have been used as enemy firing points.
Shortly into the operation the patrol came into contact with the enemy. The Afghan engineer team held their nerve and bridged the canal whilst under fire, allowing their troops to advance.
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