Tuesday, March 2, 2010

British soldiers take out Taliban bombers

An image from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) of the successful strike on the insurgent IED-laying team

An experienced Taliban IED-laying team was recently destroyed by a Royal Artillery strike after having been discovered by soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS) on a routine patrol.

One of the men killed in the strike, the unit's commander and IED-facilitator, has been linked to a number of attacks on ISAF troops and Afghan nationals in the Wishtan area of east Sangin, Helmand province.

They were discovered when a ground patrol from 6 Platoon, B Company, 1 SCOTS, based at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Wishtan, near Sangin, searched an outhouse in a derelict compound.

Inside was an IED pressure plate, along with a gas bottle and magazine boxes for a PKM Soviet machine gun.

While extracting the cache, the British soldiers were aware they were being closely observed by suspected Taliban informants, but they returned to FOB Wishtan without incident.

The British soldiers kept the compound and outhouse under surveillance though and within two hours a man was seen entering the compound and making his way to the outhouse from which the IED-making equipment had been removed.

The suspected bomber was soon joined by another three men, completing the four-man-team typical of the IED-laying units which traditionally operate in the Wishtan area.

From Patrol Base Chakaw, one kilometre to the east, soldiers from B Company, 1 SCOTS, were able to watch as the suspected insurgents began digging at the base of a compound wall.

For the full article click here for the MOD website

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