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Commandos conduct clearing operations in Wardak

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Members of 3rd Company, 6th Commando Kandak, partnered with U.S. Special Operations Forces, conducted a presence patrol in Barikak Ghar village, Sayad Abad District, June 14.

The combined forces conducted the patrol to clear insurgent safe havens and caches, increase the competency and credibility of Afghan institutions, and disrupt Onkhai Valley insurgent networks in Wardak province.

During the patrol, an insurgent was located in a building being cleared by the combined forces. He was taken into custody by the commandos.

The commandos also discovered two cell phones while checking the area. A third phone was surrendered by a man who was digging and behaving suspiciously in the vicinity of the operation.

This operation demonstrated the 6th Commandos’ capabilities to provide security to the populace while protecting civilian lives and property, and further promote the Afghan National Security Forces as a professional and capable force to legitimize the Government of Afghanistan in an area where insurgents currently maintain freedom of movement.

“There were no lapses in security and no other issues,” said a SOF team leader. “The commandos truly excel with quick-hit missions. This operation signifies the Afghan Government’s ability to project capable and professional security forces into situations with real and perceived threats.”

Article by Sgt. Lizette Hart, 19th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment