Paras Break Through into Taliban’s Green Zone Heartland

British paratroopers and their Afghan National Army colleagues have made a significant advance deep into the Taliban’s Helmand heartland, driving out insurgents and establishing government control.

The operation, into the settlement of Tor Ghai in Nahr-e Saraj district, was led by 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA), with support from troops from 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA), and The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS).

Since last year’s Operation PANCHAI PALANG (Panther’s Claw), British forces have built a series of patrol bases along Route Trident, a key route linking the cities of Lashkar Gah and Gereshk – but this is the first time that British and Afghan forces have driven this deep into Nahr-e Saraj’s ‘Green Zone’ to establish an enduring presence.

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The troops began the operation by marching on foot through ice-cold irrigation ditches, across undulating terrain, and over 10-foot-high (3m) compound walls through the night. Carrying kit weighing around 50kg, the troops were in position before first light. As the sun rose and visibility following a sandstorm improved, the advance into Tor Ghai, a known area of insurgent activity, could commence.

The advance was led on the ground by the Commanding Officer of 2 PARA, Lieutenant Colonel Harry Andrews. Approaching the village from the west, B Company, 5 SCOTS, were the first to come under insurgent small arms fire as they established a presence in the western outskirts of the village to block any exit routes. As E Company and the Patrols Platoon advanced to the north and north east of the village, they too were 'contacted' by insurgent rounds.

For around 30 minutes, all sub-units involved in the operation were engaged by insurgents. But, significantly, as it became clear that the Afghan National Army was arriving in large numbers, along with further British support, the fight was not sustained and the insurgents retreated.

As soon as the village was secured, the soldiers engaged in a shura (traditional Afghan meeting) with the influential elders of the village. During this time, the local nationals were handed Afghanistan flags by the Afghan National Army and the following message was broadcast by loudspeaker:

"The Afghan National Army and ISAF are here to stay so we can provide security for the development that is coming to your village. You can come out now. This is a new time in your lives, please stay and support your village elders who are working to bring you the many benefits of governance."

The shura took place between two compounds in open ground in Tor Ghai and was attended by the village elders, the Commanding Officer of the Afghan National Army's 6th Tolay, Colonel Mahbub Ali , and the Commanding Officer of 2 PARA.

Officer Commanding Information Operations with 2 PARA, Major Justin Ancre, said:

"The quiet discussions behind the scenes with village elders who risked their lives to talk to us really paid off. The Tor Ghai community has embraced the Afghan Government and are keen to receive the benefits."

Lieutenant Colonel Andrews said:

"The extension of our security presence into this area is significant. We have struck a blow right into the heart of the insurgency in Nahr-e Saraj.

Good effort the Shiny II- stay safe guys.

* some names have mutated at request of Commander Schweppes ...... Scchhh, you know who.
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Would it be - Sunrays empty ammo pouches?
2 & 3 PARA in the same pic? CQMS told the CO he had run out of MTP smocks?
Would it be - Sunrays empty ammo pouches?
Really? What is his left hand fingers resting upon?[/QUOTE]

Is that not a pistol with one mag inserted and is the ammo pouch under it not empty? If my regcognition skills are not correct, then I am more than happy to stand corrected.


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I say true
Ha!.....O pos is good by me....finestkind.

The only advantage of being O pos is that your claret can be pumped into 85% of wounded perss without killing them any quicker than the enemy have recently attempted......G.I blood more like (General Issue)

Weirdly, your blood type can in very rare cases, change from one group to another


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