Sunday, August 1, 2010

Progress In Major Afghanistan Offensive

By Tom Bonnett, Sky News Online

British forces have said they are making progress on day three of the biggest offensive in Afghanistan this summer.

There has been limited contact with Taliban so far

British and Afghan troops taking part in Operation Tor Shezada are heading towards the town of Saidebad in the Nad-e-Ali district of Helmand.
They are continuing to clear compounds where Taliban fighters have been hiding with the aim of making the whole area secure.

British and Afghan soldiers clear a small village of IEDs

Roadside bombs are also being removed and troops say large amounts of bomb-making equipment have been seized.

An MoD spokesman said: "Operation Tor Shezada is progressing very well.
"Quantities of IEDs have been recovered and shuras (meetings) have been held with village chiefs in an attempt to offer reassurance."

The operation intents to push insurgents further from the areas cleared in Operation Moshtarak earlier this year.

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

The United States Marine Corps is peforming parallel operations in northern Marjah.

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