Czech soldiers participate in China Jaruk operation in Afghan district Sayed Abad

Autor: Oldrich Holecek

Within ISAF operation, Afghan, American and Czech soldiers have accomplished a joint search and anti-insurgent operation in the Wardak Province, Sayed Abad district, last week, which further improved capabilities of Afghan soldiers and their commanders in conducting their independent national operations.

The task of this China Jaruk operation was to disrupt insurgents' cells, reveal weapon caches and capture possible Taliban leaders.

The operation was conducted by soldiers of an Afghan kandak with support of American Bandit company and soldiers of the 1st Czech Military Advisory Team in the area close to the vilage of Baghak.

Czech mentors supervised the Afghan search operation, provided communication between Afghans and Americans and the whole operation backed by couples of snipers and forward air controlers.

The operation started in early morning hours on 13 May 2013 with a tactical air drop from CH-47 Chinook helicopters followed with ground movement to the area.

“I can say that members of ‘our‘ kandak of the Afghan National Army are very well prepared for search operations,“ Lieutenant Colonel Jan Zezula, commander of Czech mentors, said. “A lot of materiál was seized and also several suspects were captured. In the real situation, we also verified results of common cooperation between an Afghan unit and Czech mentors. During evaluation of the operation, all participating commanders confirmed its functionality.“

There are currently around 350 Czech military personnel serving on NATO-led ISAF operation in several units.

Posted: May 20, 2013