News: ANA responds to insurgent attack, results in eight enemy deaths
Story by Sgt. Lizette Hart
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Members of the Afghan National Army responded to an insurgent attack, which resulted in eight enemy deaths, in Hasan Village, Gelan district, July 7.
The ANA special response team, partnered with coalition special operations forces, conducted a presence patrol to determine public opinions and conduct key leader engagements prior to embedding in a village stability platform.
After conducting a shura with village elders, the combined forces were attacked with indirect fire, small arms fire, mortars, and rocket propelled grenades. The forces were engaged by multiple groups of insurgents for more than six hours.
After determining there was no chance of civilian injury or collateral damage, they requested the aid of a close air support team, which responded with air strikes.
Shortly after the air strikes, the combined forces reported a small group of insurgents unsuccessfully fired rockets at a helicopter.
A battle damage assessment confirmed the eight enemy deaths.
Three suspects were also detained for possessing materials used to make improvised explosive devices. A search of the detainees resulted in an AK-47, a chest rack used to hold ammunition, AK-47 magazines, wires, switches and connectors.
The shura was held shortly after the combined forces arrived to the village. The village elders immediately approached the combined forces to speak with them. Many of the elders remembered seeing and hearing discussions the combined forces held. A good indicator of improved relations was their willingness to ask for help, said a coalition SOF member.
“Most of the elders who greeted us were genuinely happy to see us again and mentioned repeatedly that they liked the way the [combined forces] respected their people, unlike the Taliban who would come in at night and physically abuse the locals, even the elders,” said a coalition SOF team leader. “This type of interaction has never been achieved farther from [the forward operating base] than the Janda Bazaar before, and is extremely significant.”