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Iron Rakkasans clear insurgent staging areas, known weapons cache sites

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division Patch187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansPaktika Province, Afghanistan – In an effort to cripple insurgent activities in the area, Soldiers from Scout Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, recently searched known weapons cache sites and suspected insurgent safe houses and staging areas in the Mata Khan District of Paktika Province. 

The first phase of Operation Lashkar VII started with the search of a building that has historically been used by insurgents as a safe house during the night.

The scouts secured the perimeter of the building using armoured vehicles. Dismounted Soldiers cleared the area making sure to thoroughly search all possible hiding places.

Soldiers from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, keep an eye out for enemy movement during a patrol through the Wazi Kwah District of Paktika Province. The Iron Rakkasans have recently been searching buildings and conducting patrols in the Mata Khan District to cripple insurgent activity.  (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Jeffrey Alexander, 982nd Combat Camera Company)

Soldiers from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, keep an eye out for enemy movement during a patrol through the Wazi Kwah District of Paktika Province. The Iron Rakkasans have recently been searching buildings and conducting patrols in the Mata Khan District to cripple insurgent activity. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Jeffrey Alexander, 982nd Combat Camera Company)

In the end, nothing of significance was found, and the family who lived in the building claimed not to be directly involved. Soldiers suspect insurgents may have used intimidation on the family in the past in order to gain entry to the residence, said battalion spokesman U.S. Army 1st Lt. James Peek of Fort Campbell, KY.

The second phase of the operation involved dismounted patrols through the treacherous mountainside.

While vehicles provided security for the area, scouts conducted foot patrols through the mountains and cleared their way through numerous trails and paths believed to facilitate movement of insurgents.

By the conclusion of the operation, the scouts had cleared about three kilometers of mountainous terrain.

Soldiers from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, patrols through a bazaar area in the Waza Kwah District in Paktika Province. Recently, the Iron Rakkasans have been conducting patrols and searches in the Mata Khan District in an effort to cripple enemy activity in the area. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Jeffrey Alexander, 982nd Combat Camera Company)

Soldiers from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, patrols through a bazaar area in the Waza Kwah District in Paktika Province. Recently, the Iron Rakkasans have been conducting patrols and searches in the Mata Khan District in an effort to cripple enemy activity in the area. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Jeffrey Alexander, 982nd Combat Camera Company)

“It was a quiet operation but it was still productive,” said U.S. Army Capt. Adam Nordin, a native of Rohnert Park, CA, and platoon leader for scout platoon, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. “We cleared several areas today that we know insurgents have used in the past. Now we know they are no longer operating there, and that they don’t have any weapons staged, preparing to launch an attack from that area. We also let the insurgents know that we were there. Now they will be left to wonder if we are still watching them, and when we are coming back.”


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