Uruzgan’s newest Afghan National Security Force Patrol Base opens
5 April 2011
Afghan National Security Forces have established a new patrol base near the village of Heydar on the eastern edge of the Mirabad Valley in Uruzgan province, which will allow the expansion of security and governance into the area.
A successful security operation over the past six weeks has facilitated the construction of the patrol base by Afghan National Army engineers under Australian guidance on an important insurgent infiltration route.
The Commanding Officer of Mentoring Task Force-Two, Lieutenant Colonel Darren Huxley, said insurgent activity in the area had previously denied the Afghan people access to important government services and infrastructure development.
“The patrol base connects the people of this area with the Afghan National Army who are the Afghan Government’s security representatives. It gives them a visible symbol of the growing power and reach of their government,” Lieutenant Colonel Huxley said.
“We don’t have to let the enemy divide the people of Mirabad. We can protect the people by bringing security to them,” the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Kandak, 4thBrigade of the 205th Corps, Lieutenant Colonel Sayed Sera Judin, said.
Lieutenant Colonel Sayed Sera Judin’s Australian mentor, Major B.J. Pearce, said the permanent patrol base offered more than just security to the locals.
“This operation will enable a more secure lifestyle for the local nationals throughout the valley while also providing the Afghan government with a solid foundation upon which it can bring development into the area,” Major Pearce said.
Patrol Base Mohammed was officially opened last month by Brigadier General Zafar, Commander 4thInfantry Brigade, 205 Hero Corps, and Afghan National Army. The ceremony was also attended by local key leaders, and Afghan and coalition force representatives. The patrol base is named after a fallen Afghan National Army soldier.
The transfer of security responsibilities for the patrol base to the 3rd Kandak, demonstrates their increasing tactical capability.
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