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Afghans lead operation with 1 SCOTS to clear insurgents

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Troops from 1 SCOTS have supported the Afghan Army as they planned and led a large operation to clear an area of Afghanistan of insurgents.

Codenamed Operation TUUFAN or ‘Storm’, it involved many hundreds of troops from the 3/215 Brigade of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and was supported by soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS) as part of 4th Mechanized Brigade.

With an objective to secure an area of central Helmand province, both sets of troops moved quickly into and through the desert or ‘dashte’ areas, getting ahead of schedule immediately on day one. Although coming under sporadic fire from the insurgency their progress was impressive.

The operation ended with 6 insurgents killed, 1 ANA soldier killed, and a weapons find including some significant pieces. The operation also involved Afghan engineers, logistics personnel, police, artillery units and IED experts.

An Afghan National Army warrior
An Afghan National Army warrior patrolling with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher during Operation TUUFAN [Picture: Corporal Jamie Peters RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]

Major Andy Lumley, Officer Commanding Delta Company, 1 SCOTS, said:

The ANA have been really quick and they have had very little input from us as we moved behind. They have not really needed any help from us at all.

Colonel Jhang Baz, a senior Afghan Commander in the ANA’s 3/215 Brigade, said:

The ANA is in the front line of the operations and they are followed by ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) who support us. The main job is run by the ANA and if necessary ISAF supports us with their air support.

Planning Operation TUUFAN
Afghan National Army warriors take part in the planning of Operation TUUFAN [Picture: Corporal Jamie Peters RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]

1 SCOTS are operating as the Brigade Advisory Group (BAG) in the region, providing advice and support to the ANA as part of Operation HERRICK 17. The BAG’s role is to increase the confidence of the ANA and reduce the reliance on ISAF troops, ready for the end of combat operations by British forces in 2014.

Lance Corporal Steven Guest, who provides the force protection to the British adviser teams on the ground, said:

A lot of the time the ANA don’t really need us to do anything for them. They seem to be able to cope with it themselves. They do a lot of good work without us having to advise.

When we go out to the checkpoints they are already doing patrols, fitness - some of them are really organised and switched on guys.

Soldiers from 3/215 Brigade of the Afghan National Army
Soldiers from 3/215 Brigade of the Afghan National Army preparing to deploy on Operation TUUFAN [Picture: Corporal Jamie Peters RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]
Soldiers from the Afghan National Army's 3/215 Brigade
Soldiers from the Afghan National Army's 3/215 Brigade boarding an RAF Chinook helicopter after a patrol on Operation TUUFAN [Picture: Corporal Jamie Peters RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]
Soldiers from 3/215 Brigade of the Afghan National Army and 1 SCOTS
Soldiers from the Afghan National Army and 1 SCOTS on board an RAF Chinook helicopter during Operation TUUFAN [Picture: Corporal Jamie Peters RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]
Soldiers from the Afghan National Army's 3/215 Brigade
Soldiers from the Afghan National Army's 3/215 Brigade leaving a Chinook helicopter during Operation TUUFAN [Picture: Corporal Jamie Peters RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]
Afghan National Army warriors and soldiers from 1 SCOTS
Afghan National Army warriors and soldiers from 1 SCOTS during Operation TUUFAN [Picture: Corporal Jamie Peters RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]
A 1 SCOTS soldier takes a knee
A 1 SCOTS soldier takes a knee during a joint patrol with the Afghan National Army on Operation TUUFAN [Picture: Corporal Jamie Peters RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]
Soldiers from 3/215 Brigade of the Afghan National Army
Soldiers from the Afghan National Army alongside a Warthog armoured vehicle on Operation TUUFAN [Picture: Corporal Jamie Peters RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]
Soldiers from 3/215 Brigade of the Afghan National Army
Soldiers from the Afghan National Army preparing to deploy on Operation TUUFAN in the Nad 'Ali area of Helmand province [Picture: Corporal Jamie Peters RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]
A 1 SCOTS soldier and an Afghan warrior
A 1 SCOTS soldier looks on as an Afghan warrior pauses during a patrol on Operation TUUFAN [Picture: Corporal Jamie Peters RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]