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The Afghan national army's 2nd Kandak completed a successful mission at Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar, Jan. 13.
Soldiers patrolled through villages near the FOB and checked compounds for insurgents and explosive devices that could harm civilians or coalition forces.
"We received intelligence on enemy activity around the area," said ANA Capt. Shafi Feela. "We planned a two-day mission to sweep through the villages and find any enemies or enemy equipment."
ANA and ISAF soldiers found a number of IEDs. They also confiscated numerous bags of ammonium-nitrate fertilizer, a key bomb-making ingredient.
"We were able to find some IEDs, and no one got hurt," said Canadian Capt. Breen Carson. "That's always a great thing when it happens."
"We got more information from villagers and seemed to get positive feedback from them as well," he said. "The mission not only served its purpose to stop the enemy, but also showed the locals their own people are the ones in charge."
The successful operation proved once again ANA's ability to lead important operations, said Captain Carlson.
"They have definitely come a long way since our first mission with them," he said. "We are very proud of what they are doing and look forward to seeing continued success in the future."