Weapons Cache Found by Special Forces Will Save Countless Lives
Regional Command South
URUZGAN, Afghanistan (June 14, 2011) The large cache found and destroyed by Australian Special Forces and their Afghan partners on 6 June 2011 will save countless lives and significantly restrict the insurgent’s ability to attack Coalition forces and the people of Afghanistan.
After analysis and exploitation of the cache, the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) confirmed the mission into Baghran District yielded the largest find by Australian troops this year.
Several compounds of interest were searched in two different locations and the partnered patrol found 2050 kilograms of opium, 71 kilograms of heroin, two drug making facilities, four tonnes of drug making chemicals, cooking equipment, large sums of currency, 70 anti personnel mines, 20 RPG rockets, 2000 rounds of ammunition, several grenades, pistols, mortar rounds and rifles. A Russian made sniper rifle with telescopic sight was also in the haul.
Most importantly, the cache find included IED componentry used to kill and maim local nationals and Coalition and Afghan forces. Over 60 electric detonators, five pressure plates, 500 metres of detonation cord and numerous devices used for remote initiation were found...