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ANSF lead counter insurgency mission, find IED with help from Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team

Posted By News Staff On Thursday, January 24, 2013 @ 5:00 pm In News | No Comments

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
Task Force 3-101st Airborne Division PAO

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanKhowst  Province, Afghanistan – Members of the Afghan National Army and Afghan Uniformed Police partnered with Soldiers of 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), while conducting a foot patrol in mountains of Nadir Shah Kot District, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, January 12th, 2013.

1st Lt. Trenton Wiggins, a platoon Leader for 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discusses with Afghan National Army Soldiers the possible ways of conducting a mission in Nadir Shah Kot District, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013. The mission was aimed at gathering information from village elders and to disrupt possible insurgent activity in the area. (Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army) [1]

1st Lt. Trenton Wiggins, a platoon Leader for 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discusses with Afghan National Army Soldiers the possible ways of conducting a mission in Nadir Shah Kot District, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013. The mission was aimed at gathering information from village elders and to disrupt possible insurgent activity in the area. (Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army)

While on patrol, the Afghan National Security Forces, or ANSF, successfully identified and neutralized an improvised explosive device buried alongside a nearby road.

The ANSF led the counter-insurgency mission as they questioned village elders, searched homes and gathered information to help indentify suspected insurgents and their strongholds. During the mission, Soldiers of 1-33 CAV, provided over-watch security for their Afghan counter-parts while assisting and advising only when needed.

This mission is a full demonstration of the growing capabilities of the ANSF as they progress towards fully-independent operations.

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