Thursday, April 30, 2015

Zabul - Operation Badar Update

The ongoing military operation in Zabul province, Operation Badar, has killed forty militants according to a news report by Khaama Press on April 29, 2015. The operation started about five days ago. Some say this operation may be an attempt to find and release the 31 Hazara hostages taken in February 2015. This large-scale operation is a coordinated attack by government forces on anti-government forces' historical safe havens. Some of the units participating include Afghan National Army (ANA) units from the 203rd and 205th Corps, the Kandahar province 2nd Mobile Strike Force, the Afghan 3rd Special Operations Kandak, and other units. The 205th Corps has primary responsibility of Zabul province and is assisted by Train, Advise, Assist Command - South (TAAC-South) based at Kandahar. TAAC-South is composed of members of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division and 82nd Airborne Division. The 205th is advised by the Australian 205th Coalition Advisory Team along with Soldiers from Bulgaria and Romania. TAAC-S has a forward operational center which is monitoring the operation. Read more in "Major Afghan military operation underway in country's southeast", DVIDS, April 29, 2015.

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