3rd SOK commandos clear village in Maiwand District

Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan
Story by Staff Sgt. Brandon McIntosh

Date: 01.09.2014
Posted: 01.09.2014 12:03
News ID: 118962

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Afghan commandos of the 3rd Special Operations Kandak searched the Usman Khel village in Maiwand District for weapons caches Jan. 6 to disrupt and destroy Taliban supply routes.<br /> <br /> “We know the Taliban bring weapons and fighters through the Reg Desert and through this village and others that border the desert,” said Ali Jan, a platoon sergeant with the SOK. <br /> <br /> Although the commandos didn’t find any caches throughout the operation, Taliban fighters attacked the patrol on several occasions, reported the commandos. <br /> <br /> The commandos overwhelmed the enemy fighters, forcing them to retreat each time.<br /> <br /> “They tried to kill us, but instead ran away like cowards,” said Jan.<br /> <br /> Afghan commandos continue to prove they are a well-trained and lethal force in the ongoing fight against the Taliban. Trained and advised by U.S. Special Operations Forces, they are skilled in counterinsurgency, reconnaissance, and clearing operations.<br /> <br /> “Our commandos will continue to push the Taliban out of [the] Kandahar, Uruzgan, and Zabul provinces, and will be a key factor in pushing the Taliban out of Afghanistan,” added Maj. Abdul Manan, 3rd SOK commander.