Borders soldiers see action in Operation Storm

A 1 SCOTS soldier looks on as an Afghan warrior pauses during a patrol on Operation TUUFAN [Picture: Corporal Jamie Peters RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]
A 1 SCOTS soldier looks on as an Afghan warrior pauses during a patrol on Operation TUUFAN [Picture: Corporal Jamie Peters RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]

BORDERS soldiers were among troops from the 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS), who supported the Afghan National Army (ANA) as it planned and led a recent large operation to clear an area of Afghanistan of insurgents.

The men from the Royal Scots Borderers and their Afghan counterparts were taking part in the operation, codenamed Tuufan or ‘Storm’.

The mission involved many hundreds of troops from 3/215 Brigade of the ANA, as well as the Scottish soldiers who are part of 4th Mechanized Brigade.

The operation also involved Afghan engineers, logistics personnel, police, artillery units and IED experts.

With an objective to secure an area of central Helmand province, both sets of troops moved quickly into and through the desert or ‘dashte’ areas, getting ahead of schedule immediately on day one. Although coming under sporadic fire from the insurgency their progress was reported as being impressive.

The operation ended with six insurgents killed, one ANA soldier killed, and a weapons find including some significant pieces.

Major Andy Lumley, the officer commanding Delta Company of 1 SCOTS, said: “The ANA have been really quick and they have had very little input from us as we moved behind. They have not really needed any help from us at all.”