Afghan Special Operations Forces Seize and Destroy Taliban Materials in Helmand
Several hundred rounds of ammunition were seized during a nighttime raid by 7th Special Operations Kandak Commandos, in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 5, 2018. (Courtesy photo by the Afghan National Army)
14 May 2018
By: Lt. Amy Forsythe, NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan Public Affairs
BAGRAM, Afghanistan – Afghan Commandos assigned to the 7th Special Operations Kandak Commandos stormed several known Taliban compounds in the Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, May 5. During the nighttime operation, the Commandos destroyed a Taliban communications cell and staging area.
Specialized in the execution of nighttime raids, the Commandos conduct persistent offensive operations targeting Taliban fighters and their weapons of indiscriminate violence.
Commandos also seized and destroyed a 60mm mortar round, 500 rounds of anti-aircraft rounds, 20kg of narcotics, small arms, ammunition, grenades and landmines.
"Afghan partners have maintained incredible tempo and the Taliban is on the back foot,” said Brig. Gen. Roger B. Turner Jr., former Train, Advise and Assist-South (TAAC-S) commander during a March 30 interview at the Brookings Institution, Washington, DC.
Taliban insurgents use staging areas like these to store weapons and equipment, plan attacks, and produce drugs that fund their terrorist activities.
Recent Commando operations and air strikes have hit Taliban revenue streams in Helmand hard, seizing and destroying drug caches and millions of dollars in lost revenue.
Established in 2015, Resolute Support (RS) is a NATO-led, non-combat mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), who assumed nationwide responsibility for Afghanistan’s security following the conclusion of the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission. Its purpose is to help the Afghan security forces and institutions develop the capacity to defend Afghanistan and protect its citizens in a sustainable manner.