Soldiers from 5th Battalion The Rifles (5 RIFLES) have joined Afghan security forces in an operation to clear a key insurgent ‘safe haven’ in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
British soldiers from 5th Battalion The Rifles surveil the area ahead from a sheltered position. Picture: Sergeant Mark Nesbit, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012
Around one hundred British troops from 5 RIFLES teamed up with 200 warriors from the 2nd Kandak of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and patrolmen from the Afghan National Police (ANP) to drive the insurgency from Kopak, in the Nahr-e Saraj district.
The district is one of three in Helmand where British troops are deployed, and the last where Task Force Helmand retains the lead for security after the successful transition of Nad ‘Ali and Lashkar Gah to Afghan control.
Operation Kapcha Zhrandagaray targeted a 16-square-kilometer area that has seen little influence from Afghan authorities so far.
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