News: Afghan soldiers take the lead in Operation Aggressor Tora
Story by Sgt. Thomas Duval
FORWARD OPERATING BASE MASUM GHAR, Afghanistan -- A combined Afghan and coalition security force decreased insurgents’ ability to carry out attacks in the Panjwa’i district, Kandahar province, during a two-week operation called; Operation Aggressor Tora.
Afghan National Army Soldiers from 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 205th Afghan National Army Corps lead the entire operation and were supported by Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.
The first Afghan Army-led operation in southern Kandahar Province, Aggressor Tora, resulted in the capture of a large number of weapons, commonly used by insurgents to attack Afghan and coalition forces.
Afghan Army forces discovered three house-born improvised explosive devices, eleven IED’s, 50lbs of homemade explosives and one hand grenade; while also destroying a Taliban fighting position.
U.S. commanders, who maintained an advisory role during the operation, praised the Afghan National Army for their success in the operation and the local villagers for their continued support for Afghan National Security Forces throughout the district.