Soldiers rush down the side of a mountain to board a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter after conducting an operation to disrupt insurgent communication in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.
WASHINGTON (Aug. 24, 2009) – U.S. forces conducted an air assault to disrupt insurgent communication and an Afghan civilian thwarted a bomb attack in operations in Afghanistan Sunday, military officials reported.
U.S. soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division’s 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, conducted an air assault to disrupt insurgent communication in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.
Two Black Hawk helicopters from 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade inserted and extracted troops along the harsh terrain. The force used two-wheel landings, which allowed the troops to dismount and execute their mission.
“Insertion of troops [by helicopter] allows ground forces freedom of maneuver in locations where harsh terrain is a factor,” said Army Capt. Joe Daigle, commander of Company C, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, who served as a pilot during the operation. “We take these teams to their mission site and pull them out safely, minimizing their time on the ground.”
Army Capt. Matthew Bebo, the battalion’s liaison officer, said the operation made an impact. “The disruption caused by this operation will have a great effect in Kandahar province,” he said.
Meanwhile, a Sundurwa village resident stopped insurgents from emplacing a homemade bomb on a highly travelled road in Laghman province’s Alingar district.
One insurgent fled the scene. The resident apprehended another insurgent and delivered the suspect to the Alingar police, who transferred him to the province’s Afghan National Police headquarters for questioning.
The incident marked the third time in five days that villagers in Nuristan and Laghman provinces have prevented insurgents from attacking their villages, officials said.