Italians, Afghans complete Big Dam Operation
KABUL (PAN): Italian and Afghan forces have completed a joint operation aimed at boosting security around a major dam project in western Herat province, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Friday.
Codenamed the Big Dam Operation, the joint activity featured the Italian military of the Transition Support Unit Centre (TSU-C) and Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel to ensure the safety of the northern and eastern parts of their area of responsibility.
A air quick reaction force of the 207th ANA Corps, supported by the military of the TSU-C, was transported to the construction of the Salma Dam to check safety conditions of the site together with supervisory personnel, a statement from the NATO-led force said.
Built in 1976, the dam has been a target for insurgents who, after having damaged it, were trying to impede the completion of renovation works to destabilise the area surrounding Chasht-i-Sharif district.
In an effort to ensure the freedom of movement on the main roads in the area, the troops accomplished two other major joint operations -- one along the Ring Road and another in Oba district in support of a unit of the Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP).
“The successful completion of these operations represents a significant further step for Afghan security forces towards the assumption of the full responsibility for the security of their country,” ISAF said.
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