Sunday, January 17, 2010
Soldiers from the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh (1 R WELSH) launched their biggest operation since they arrived in Helmand just over a month ago.
But the Royal Welsh were not alone on the four day operation as they were partnered by soldiers from the fledging Afghan National Army.
The British see the Afghans role as vital as they are far better at engaging with the locals who up until now have never seen the new Afghan soldiers in this part of Helmand.
For the Royal Welsh helicopters are the providing them with the ability to get out on the ground.
By flying into the heart of Taliban territory the soldiers can avoid the lethal IEDs that surround the patrol bases and disrupt the insurgents where they least expect it, in their own back yards.
So for the Royal Welsh and the Afghan soldiers that work along side them there will be no let up in the pace as they continue to take the fight to the Taliban for the rest of their tour.
Filmed and edited by Major Paul Smyth