Briefing - Operation road warriorSITUATION:
Most of the Kunduz province has been secured by an interim provincial government who have stepped in to prevent the Brotherhood of Jihad BOJ)from re-establishing themselves in the area after their leader Mohammed EL ISLAM and his forces moved to Sangin. The local Afghan forces have done a reasonable job in their security operations within the region.
The BOJ left the local civilians a parting gift, a series of anti personnel, anti tank mines and IED on one of the main routes through the area between Chahar Dara and Tal Kar. This route runs north, south in the eastern part of the area. Locals are unable to use this route due to the mines, and the local forces to not have the expertise to clear the roads and make them safe. Local forces have identified the devices and marked the start and end of each stretch of road that has been mined.
Above picture showing markers placed to indicate the START of a mined area
Above picture showing markers placed to indicate the END of a mined area
The local Afghan military as reported that a small number of insurgents remain and they are continuing their attempts to place mines and IED's to disrupt the local population. Afghan forces have engaged and killed four insurgents in the last three weeks, however they believe more are present in the area.
OCB 1st Platoon has established a FOB just south of Tal Gozar which is at the southern border of the province.
The terrain ranges from low flat meadows to small hills and some steep ridges near the eastern road, villages, ditches and light vegetation. There are dirt tracks and some sealed roads.
Intelligence reports indicate small groups of insurgent IED emplacement teams are still active in the area. They have limited resources, no vehicles but may be well stocked with small arms and basic military equipment. The enemy forces are not locals, and have not been seen wearing the traditional clothing associated with Afghans. Their equipment is more modern as are their uniforms.
They are believed to be using a compound somewhere in the vicinity of Anbar Tappeh to manufacture IED's.
- Local Afghan Forces who conduct patrols of the area to disrupt enemy activity.
- OCB Engineer section (Clearance Team - Callsign Echo 1-0)
- OCB Cavalry Section (Callsign Fox 1, Fox 2 - and so on for each vehicle)
To clear the mines and IED from the eastern road and locate and destroy the IED factory in the vicinity of Anbar Tappeh.
- OCB Section commanders will be tasked to deploy via LAV from the FOB and then patrol the eastern road.
- Troops are to dismount when mine indicator signs are observed and commence clearing the devices. Devices are to be disarmed by Engineers if possible. If this is not possible, Explosive Experts are to use charges to detonate devices.
- LAV Crew Commander and Driver are to remain in their vehicles to provide support for the clearance team if required.
- Once the eastern road has been cleared, Echo 1-0 is then to move east to the vicinity of Anbar Tappeh to search for the IED factory with cavalry support.
- Mortar fire support to be called by request to Zero Alpha if required.
- Small arms and ammunition available at FOB.
- 4 x LAV to be used in the deployment
- 2 X 81mm Mortars are situated at FOB.
- Echo 1-0 Section Commander - To be assigned at briefing
- Element Commander Capt VALOUR is AO Commander for this deployment. Callsign Zero-Alpha.
- Frequencies: Short range = 105.1. Long range = 55.1
- CLEARLY IDENTIFY ANY ENEMY FORCES BEFORE ENGAGING
- IF FIRED UPON RETURN FIRE
MOD PRESET ATTACHED. JSRS, BLASTCORE, EARPLUGS AND ENHANCED MOVEMENT ARE RECOMMENDED.