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TO: OC A COY
FROM: ISAF HQ
SUBJECT: OPERATION HERACLES I
CLASSIFICATION: NATO/OTAN SECRET
Across TAKISTAN a renewed Takiban offensive in the wake of ISAF withdrawals appears aimed at destabilising the country and unseating the Government of National Unity.
KUNDUZ VALLEY is on the front line. Despite heavy fighting in early 2015 during which UK troops deployed as part of ISAF operation CERBERUS successfully dismantled major insurgent networks ISAF J2 assess that recent attacks on TNA garrisons indicate an increasing insurgent presence in the green zone.
2UP: ISAF HQ intent is to surge UK ground forces into KUNDUZ VALLEY in order to maintain local security and prevent insurgent networks from reestablishing dominance of the AO.
1UP: UKTF HERACLES will conduct COIN operations to identify, disrupt and degrade insurgent formations operating in KUNDUZ VALLEY.
A Coy will establish base of operations at PB CHURCHILL and conduct dominance patrols in immediate area to gather J2 to enable future operations to identify, disrupt and degrade insurgent formations operating in KUNDUZ VALLEY.
Unknown, but assessed to comprise Takiban combat elements equipped with SA, RPG, and IEDs.
The KUNDUZ River is bordered by irrigated farmland on the eastern and western banks forming a 'green zone' sandwiches between areas of high desert. See ISTAR imagery to follow. CHAHAR DARA is a moderately sized settlement which sits on the desert plateau above the KUNDUZ VALLEY green zone. Consisting of around a dozen large compounds each occupied by multiple families, CHAHAR DARA is an ancient trading settlement and boasts a single large defensible Qualat tower to the south east as well as a large and well maintained mosque which is centrally located. To the west the desert rises gently in a series of rocky rises before reaching up to form the steep valley sides. PB CHURCHILL is situated on the largest of These rocky rises and, with the addition of FSG HILL to the north it affords excellent observation over the settlement and local road network and CHAHAR DARA settlement.
A Coy will conduct dominance patrol in Y6K.
- A/1 perform deliberate search of compound area Y6K X-RAY.
- A/2 perform deliberate search of compound area Y6K ZULU.
- A/4/1 will uplift A/1 to START LINE and thereafter conduct mounted patrol in desert WEST Y6K to provide overwatch to INF movement.
- A/4/2 IDF in support of INF movement.
- A/4/3 vehicle uplift of A/1 in conjunction with A/4/1. Thereafter co-ord resupply FOB CHURCHILL.
- A/4/4 Medical Support
- Air Taskings: Rotary and FW CCA, CAS, CASEVAC plus resupply in consultation with Ground Cmdr.
Edited by Pte Knudsen, 30 April 2016 - 05:05 PM.