Parachute Regiment launches surprise attack on Taliban

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Parachute Regiment launches surprise attack on Taliban in Afghanistan

Daily Telegraph online 4 Jun 08

The Parachute Regiment began major operations against a Taliban redoubt in Afghanistan on Tuesday, launching a surprise raid on suspected insurgent strongholds.
It heralded the start of Operation Southern Earthquake in which the British have entered an area of Afghanistan hardly any other Nato troops have previously visited.

"In Zabul there are areas where the Taliban think that they can operate unmolested by us," said Lt Col Huw Williams, the commanding officer of 3 Para.

"We are not going there to find them and fight them but if they come looking for us they are going to find out what we are about."

Behind the colonel's words stands the force of battle-hardened veterans of the intense fighting in Helmand from two years ago in which the battalion distinguished itself with a host of gallantry awards, including a posthumous Victoria Cross for Cpl Bryan Budd.

The soldiers expect that the Taliban will "stand and fight" in areas that are important to them and contain arms depots and cave hideouts.

"The Taliban have told the people that they are strong," said Lt Col Williams, 40. "But we will go to the villages and say, 'We're here, where is the Taliban?'

"We are here to discredit them and to enhance the image of the Afghan government in the eyes of the people."

The Taliban have regarded the mountainous Mizan district of Zabul as a haven but Major Jamie Loden, the commander of A Company, said the Paras' presence would change that. "We will disrupt their ability to carry out insurgent activity and deny them sanctuaries," he said.
 
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Slightly contradicting:

Parachute Regiment launches suprise attack on Taliban'
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'We are not going there to find them and fight them but if they come looking for us they are going to find out what we are about'
All the best lads.
 

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