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FTF detains 6 insurgents, captures weapons in Khost province

 

Written by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKhost Province, Afghanistan – Combined forces with 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s Focused Tactical Force conducted an air assault operation in the Momad Kalay District, Khost Province, September 6th.

During the operation, the FTF detained six insurgents and a captured multiple munitions. One of the individuals captured was considered a high-value target who had been leading an insurgent direct action cell responsible for assaults on collation forces travelling on Route Alaska, a main road throughout the Khost Province.

Recently attacks on the private security guards on Route Alaska have occurred almost daily and the capture of an entire direct action cell will seriously hamper insurgent actions in the area said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Richard Ullian, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment commander, from Fort Campbell, KY.

Afghan Uniform Police and U.S. Army Soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s Focused Tactical Force search a building during dismounted operations in Khost Province. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

Afghan Uniform Police and U.S. Army Soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s Focused Tactical Force search a building during dismounted operations in Khost Province. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

“This will make it a lot safer in Momad Kalay,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Gary Sharp, 3Bde., 320 Regt., FTF team leader, from Austin, Texas. “We got a lot of [improvised explosive device] making materials and were able to get the insurgents we were after off of the battlefield.”

Capturing six insurgents was only part of the mission’s success, as the FTF was also able to confiscate a variety of weapons and munitions consisting of a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, a PKM machine gun, five AK47s, 12 grenades, two RPG rounds, 21 AK47 magazines, five chest racks, and one rucksack.

“This takes the fight away from the enemy and gives them less equipment to work with,” said Sharp.

The operation went off without a hitch as the insurgents surrendered willingly upon the FTF’s arrival. 

“If we continue doing what we are doing and having successful missions, we can help clean up the area and make it a safer place for people to live,” said Sharp.


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