British soldiers from the Light Dragoons have discovered and destroyed a huge insurgent cache of bomb-making equipment in Helmand province, Afghanistan, saving military and civilian lives.
Trooper Jamie McCartney surveils the area of operations from a sheltered position. Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2012
The soldiers from A Squadron, known as ‘The Empire’, of the Light Dragoons, an elite cavalry reconnaissance regiment normally based at Swanton Morley in Norfolk, found the huge cache whilst on operations with their Afghan Army partners in the Nahr-e Saraj area of Helmand. The operation was specifically designed to take the fight to the insurgents in their own backyard.
Squadron Sergeant Major Brian Howard said:
“We were moving towards a position and saw a blue tarpaulin in the wadi. I thought it was a body at first, because it’s not uncommon for Afghans to bury family members loosely on the hills.
“I didn’t want anyone watching to realise what was going on, so we quickly dropped off six blokes then moved off in our vehicles to keep the dust screen moving.”
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