From the International Security Assistance Force – Afghanistan Public Affairs Office
KABUL, Afghanistan – The 4th Afghan National Army Brigade in Uruzgan proved they were up to the task when they took charge of their first operation in late December 2008. Op Babur involved a number of operations in the Chora region and resulted in the discovery of several improvised explosive devices. The Afghan military was supported in this operation by an Australian infantry platoon and an Operational Mentor and Liaison Team.
“This operation shows a distinct enhancement in Afghan capability. They are capable of coordinating platoon level operations with International Security Assistance Force support”, the operational commander of the OMLT, Major David McCammon, remarked following the operation. The planning for Op Babur was based upon the 4th Afghan National Army Brigade’s own intelligence.
McCammon commented on the success of an operation that took place in an area known for insurgent activity. “Many IED’s have been found and we had a direct impact upon insurgents, taking away their freedom of movement. Furthermore, the Afghan national army is very keen to demonstrate their capability and to secure their own country.”