British force kills five Taliban insurgents

Welldone guys! Stay safe.

British troops have killed five Taliban fighters in what is believed to be their first fatal battle since deploying in the south of Afghanistan.

Men from 3 Bn the Parachute Regiment and the Royal Gurkha Rifles opened fire after they were attacked during a counter-insurgency operation in the north of Helmand province.

The force, accompanying men from the Afghan National Army and police, were conducting a search in the small town of Nauzad, 40 miles north of their base at Camp Bastion.

At least one Apache attack helicopter fired on Taliban hiding in buildings. There were no British casualties during the operation on Sunday morning.

Commanders and politicians were reticent at first about troops becoming drawn into combat with insurgents. It now appears that they will conduct aggressive counter-terrorist operations.
As an update:

A six-hour battle involving British soldiers in southern Afghanistan on Sunday killed many more Taleban fighters than first reported.

The BBC has learned 21 Taleban fighters were killed, not five as first thought.

The clashes took place in Nowzad, Helmand province, after troops on a routine operation came under fire.

It showed the British Army was involved in an active counter-insurgency campaign, not just reconstruction, said BBC defence correspondent Paul Wood.

'Grudging respect'

Soldiers from 3rd battalion The Parachute Regiment had gone into the village of Nowzad on a routine search operation.

Seconds after they jumped off the helicopters they were attacked, but there were no British casualties.

British commanders said it was significant the Taleban stood and fought, and they had even earned the "grudging respect" of the Parachute Regiment soldiers, added our correspondent.

Afghan army troops fought well alongside UK soldiers, he added, but according to British sources members of the local police fired indiscriminately, putting civilians at risk, and when confronted by the Taleban they broke and ran.

A few days after the battle a local Taleban commander promised to inflict a massive defeat on British forces there.
The impression given in the Radio 4 article this morning by the Journo was that they were "Surprised" that the Taliban stood and fought. If that was the case, then some Green Slime need to do a lot of hasty revision on their predeployment reading on the Stan.....Perhaps T"he Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan". Which is a translation of a Soviet work on post action reports....or perhaps " The Hidden War: A Russian Journalist's Account of the Soviet War in Afghanistan "

Might learn something about the people they may be fighting.....
Those that stood and fought died those that ran away live to get killed another day .Good skills on the part of the para reg think the bbc report was a bit odd seemed upset the paras won and hadnt commited an atrocity to me anyway.
Thank god there were no fatalities or injuries among our boys! Well done the lads, good drills!
You can't beat British Army training, even though it's a pain in the arrse when you have to do it.

Well done lads. Stay safe and there's a cold one waiting for you when you get back.

I did mean a beer, what else.
Congratulations guys. Hope the RMP don't decide to investigate it. Keep safe.
Kitmarlowe said:
The impression given in the Radio 4 article this morning by the Journo was that they were "Surprised" that the Taliban stood and fought.
I'm hoping that that is journalistic licence (read lies, damn lies... etc.) because even someone with the most rudimentary grasp of the regional history (i.e. my mother!) knows that the fighters and warlords in the region are not weak and unmotivated conscripts.

Edit to say well done the lads - keep safe.


Congratulations guys. Hope the RMP don't decide to investigate it. Keep safe.

When you are trying to sound clever, it helps if you are clever in the first place. The 'decision' to investigate such incidents, if indeed there is a decision made, is not that of the RMP. Clown.

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