30 Apr '12, 10am

VIDEO: British troops assist in major Afghan National Army spring offensive

VIDEO: British troops assist in major Afghan National Army spring offensive

Afghan disposal expert Sergeant Gulbudin received final words of advice from Staff Sergeant Limbrick and then went forward on what is known as the ‘long walk’, all under the watchful eye of Cpl Griffiths. A countdown call of ‘TEN SECONDS!’ warned the rest of the patrol to get into cover before the detonation sent a shockwave through the air. Corporal Neal Griffiths said: “Sergeant Gulbudin is fearless, eager to learn, and the natural leader in the group. I’d definitely have him in the Airborne Troop!” Over the course of the operation over 25 square kilometers were cleared, 3 weapons caches were recovered (including over 10 kilograms of high explosives). The average soldier walked 10 kilometers a day carrying 59 kilograms. Operation Shafuq was the Afghan Army’s first major mission of this spring and lays the foundations for suppressing insurgent attempts at mounting an offe...

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