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Afghan Commandos return home victorious

Afghams cheer return of 3rd Company, 1st Commando Kandak


The 3rd Company, 1st Commando Kandak returned home, victorious, after four days of intense fighting in operation Commando Fury, Tagab Valley, Kapisa Province, Nov. 15.

During one fire fight of the operation, the unit stormed the compound of a known Taliban leader in Mollakheyl village. Upon capturing their six Taliban targets, insurgents besieged the commandos in the compound.

While under intense machine-gun fire, the commandos quickly and decisively positioned heavy-weapon systems to eliminate their enemies. As commando snipers pounded enemy fighting positions with precision fire, the Taliban attempted a retreat. The 3rd Company directed air strikes to finish the fight, and rockets and machine-gun fire rained from the sky.

The Commandos emerged from the fire fight unscathed; capturing six insurgents and killing another six.3rd Company, 1st Commando Kandak

Later in the campaign, the commandos surrounded Taliban forces in Nowruzkheyl village, the site of a previous ambush of Afghan National Police forces. Under the cover of darkness, a platoon of commandos infiltrated more than a kilometer, undetected, towards the enemy stronghold.

During the battle, commandos seized their target building, and its inhabitants.

Upon their return to base, one commando left a message for the Taliban: “You are no longer safe to terrorize Afghans or to stand in the way of prosperity for our people. As you sleep at night, remember this: One day, when you open your eyes, I will be there,” he said.

“The commandos were greeted and cheered by local children as they returned to their home base,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, Combined Joint Task Forces-82 spokesman. “The 3rd Company reinforced the reputation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s fighting force. Afghan National Security Forces continue to improve as a military and are willing to fight for a safe and stable Afghanistan.”

Updated: November 24, 2007 — 2:00 pm
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