News: Afghan, coalition forces secure remote northern Kandahar
KANDAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition security forces secured a remote region of northern Kandahar province’s Khakrez District during a clearing operation in southern Afghanistan, March 19.
The operation was a coordinated effort involving commandos from the Afghan National Army’s 3rd Commando Kandak, Afghan National Police, Khakrez Deputy District Chief of Police, Akhtar Mohammed, and members of Special Operations Task Force – South.
Prior to the operation, insurgents had been using the area as a transient hub for movement through Kandahar, explained a team leader from SOTF – South on the ground.
The ANP detained seven suspected insurgents for additional questioning at the Khakrez District Center.
Khakrez Deputy Chief of Police Akhtar Mohammed, held a shura immediately after the joint forces secured the area.
“Many of the almost 175 men at the shura requested a lasting Afghan National Security Forces footprint in their area,” the team leader said. “[Mohammed] did an outstanding job promoting security efforts by the Afghan government.”
The operation ended with no civilian casualties.