Written by Regional Command East Public Affairs Office
Kabul, Afghanistan – Coalition forces collected more than 400 various ammunitions belonging to insurgents in the area from August 4th through August 6th in the Uzbeen Valley, eastern Afghanistan.
Task Force Lafayette, the French brigade in Regional Command East, was given tips from local Afghan civilians about where a large weapons cache was located and volunteered to bring the ammunitions to the soldiers.
On August 4th, the French soldiers collected:
- (44) 107 mm Chinese Communist (ChiCom) rockets
- (62) 82 mm mortal shells
- (25) 82 mm recoilless gun shells
- (8) 75 mm recoilless gun shells
On August 5th, they collected:
- (90) 107 mm rockets
- (31) 75 mm recoilless gun shells
- (30) 82 mm recoilless gun shells
- (99) 82 mm mortar shells
- (88) 82 mm and 62 mm mortar shells
Many of the munitions collected were either still in the packages or new. The weapons cache was well hidden, according to the local civilians. To ensure the safety of the population, who took a great risk to assist coalition forces, TF Lafayette soldiers did not go to the area where the ammunition was retrieved. The delivery of the ammunitions to the soldiers form the local nationals is the result of the trust the population has in coalition forces.
The clearance of the weapon cache totalled more than $60,000 and struck a blow to insurgents in the area both financially and tactically.
The munitions will be destroyed by TF Lafayette engineers.
Since the beginning of 2010, tips from local civilians have helped coalition forces uncover more than 500 ammunitions in the Uzbeen Valley area.