Sunday, May 16, 2010

VIDEO: Scottish soldiers on the IED hunt

One British Army platoon, based in the Sangin valley, has earned itself high praise after finding - and eliminating - numerous improvised explosive devices during a single patrol.

The men of C Company, 1 Scots, who are working as advisors to the Afghan National Army in Sangin for the next six months, have been carrying out frequent patrols in the notorious Green Zone.

On one recent mission they discovered and avoided IED after IED and all managed to return safely to their base.

Platoon Commander, Lieutenant David Dufus said: "The area we were going into had been the scene of lots of shooting so we were even more alert than we usually are."

Lieutenant Dufus put a number of the finds down to the invaluable help of the Afghan National Army soldiers who, he said, often spot the danger signs first when they are conducting joint patrols.

"The second one was pointed out by the ANA. They were a bit suspicious of it. The ANA went forward with one of my lads and it came up positive. But it was the ANA soldiers that first spotted that something was not quite right," he said.

The role of 1 Scots in Afghanistan is to pass on all the battlefield and logistical skills they can to the native security forces, while living and working with them day in, day out.

"Our main driver is to try to leave Afghan National Security Forces which are more capable and have more capacity to take responsibility for the security of this nation," said the commanding officer of C Company, 1 Scots, Major Richard Forsyth.


  1. Is it true to say that the ANA should be able to find the IEDs sooner than our lads (they have not recently being deployed and no amount of training is the reality of a situation)and it should also be true to say that it goes to show that the ANA would be able to cope without us - so if this can happen in a place like Sangin then hopefully we can look at bringing home our troops knowing that a job has been done? ALWAYS STAY matter where you are and whom you are with - Thinking of you All - Proud of You x