Thursday, March 17, 2011
1st Btn Royal Irish In Dawn Raid In Nad-e Ali ...
You may have missed this on the news - because it wasn't mentioned, at all - but the R IRISH have been engaged in their biggest operation since 1945, by carrying out a air-dropped dawn raid on an enemy position, taking the insurgents completely by surprise. A perfect operation if ever there was one. These guys are damn good.
In operation Black Winter, the 1st RIR (who's heritage dates back to 1684) operated along with Afghan National Army soldiers, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, 2nd Royal Tank Regiment.
Some US Marine Corps were there, too, but mainly got in the way.
Result? 14 significant stashes of enemy weaponry, ammunition and bomb-making material, and the arrest of three key insurgent figures. It's these kind of small successes - not large, set-piece battles - that erode the insurgents ability to fight.
So why no mention in the news? I checked national papers and national TV. Not a word.