Commandos conduct operations in traditional insurgent stronghold
By Staff Sgt. Fritz ButacNovember 23, 2011
NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- The 1st Commando Kandak, combat advised by coalition Special Operations Forces, conducted clearing operations in Merdesh village, Kamdesh district, Nov. 20.
The operation was successful in disrupting insurgent freedom of movement and operations in the traditional insurgent stronghold.
Twenty-one insurgents were killed in the operations and seven insurgents were detained by the Commandos. All detainees remain in Commando custody.
The Commandos confiscated numerous weapons and insurgent propaganda.
"This [operation] shows the Afghan people that [insurgents] do not have freedom of movement throughout Nuristan," said a coalition SOF team member. "The local populace was happy to see a legitimate Afghan force conducting operations in Nuristan."
No civilian injuries or collateral damage to the villages was reported.