Saturday, July 31, 2010

UK Taliban Push Back ‘Making Good Progress’

By Tom Bonnett, Sky News Online

British and Afghan troops taking part in a major operation against Taliban insurgents are making good progress but “there is still a long way to go”.

Military chiefs said Operation Tor Shezada, which translates as “black prince” has started well as it entered its second day.

A soldier from 1 LANCS taking part in Operation Tor Shezada

The operation is being spearheaded by 1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.
Their commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Frazer Lawrence, told Sky News: “It’s still very early on in the operation.

“The operation has gone as well as it possibly could do but there’s still a long way to go.
“Morale is very high indeed. The troops are eager to do the job they are paid to do.”
Hundreds of soldiers were dropped from Chinook helicopters under the cover of darkness yesterday.

They then moved in to clear compounds and establish patrol bases in the area.
Royal Engineers were later brought in to clear trees and scrubland around the compounds to give them more visibility.

UK troops and Afghan forces from 3rd Brigade, 215 Corps, are clearing insurgents from Sayedebad to the south of Nad-e Ali.

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