Friday, October 30, 2009


2 RIFLES support wheat distribution in Sangin

A Military Operations news article

29 Oct 09

2nd Battalion The Rifles (2 RIFLES) are currently returning home from Afghanistan. One of their last missions in Helmand was to provide security for an Afghan Government-run shura to take place in the town of Sangin.

Afghans take part in local shura

Afghans take part in local shura, supported by British soldiers of 2 RIFLES
[Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

The aim of the shura was to allow Gulab Mangal, the Governor of Helmand province, to present the gift of wheat seed to over 2,000 farmers, as part of the Helmand Food Zone Programme.

Sangin is the key town in the fight against anti-government insurgents in the Upper Sangin Valley, which has seen vicious battles fought by mostly British ISAF troops, to dislodge the Taliban from the area.

2 RIFLES have been the lead element of Battle Group North in the Upper Sangin Valley for the last six months.

While in Sangin, Governor Mangal paid visits to the new school, District Governor's house and offices and an important new comprehensive health clinic to serve the people of Sangin. Mark Sedwill, the British Ambassador to Afghanistan, joined Governor Mangal's party....

Read more of this great B*N*S*N story here.

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