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    Troops meet little resistance in Afghan push


    by ODN


    British forces have made progress in a fresh assault on the Taliban in southern Afghanistan and are holding two compounds.

    Operation Tor Shezada, or Black Prince, a bid to squeeze insurgents out of central Helmand province, began on Friday when soldiers were dropped into Sayedebad under cover of darkness.

    The operation is intended to push insurgent fighters further from the population centres cleared as part of Operation Mostarak earlier this year.

    The soldiers from 1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, 21 Engineer Regiment, the Combined IED taskforce, 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, the Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan) and members of the Afghan National Army were dropped by Chinook helicopters.

    They landed close to the town and moved in to clear compounds and establish patrol bases in the area. The troops were unopposed as they took their initial objectives and moved supplies into the compound as dawn was breaking.

    Once established, the troops reinforced their positions, with Royal Engineers brought in to clear trees and scrubland around the compounds to enhance the field of vision.