The Afghan and coalition forces also found an underground bunker that was well-hidden in a pomegranate field, and believed to be a bed-down location for insurgents or a storage area for weapons. The bunker and its connecting tunnel to a compound were both destroyed by explosives.
On the rapid operation, approximately 40 Soldiers from the 3rd Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 205th Afghan National Army Corps, partnered with 160 Soldiers from Combined Task Force Spartan’s 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment.
The commander of 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, Lt. Col. Greg Anderson, said the two-day mission left lasting effects with insurgent cells operating in the area.
“We were able to detain insurgents operating in the Pashmul Seam and destroy a HME lab,” Anderson said. “As a result, insurgent operations in the Pashmul Seam are severely degraded, and with the fighting season coming to an end, the insurgents will not be able to recover fast enough to have lasting effects.”
An air assault operation is a swift military insertion by helicopter, which denies the insurgents freedom of movement throughout Zharay and Maiwand districts of Kandahar province, while also finding and detaining their leaders and destroying supplies.
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