Operation thwarts construction of thousands of IEDs
Troops from the Quebec-based Royal 22nd Regiment and their Afghan army allies "hit the jackpot" in a major combat operation that ended Sunday, discovering four factories used by the Taliban to make improvised explosive devices about 17 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City.
"The quality of stuff we took was absolutely impressive. We have taken away their capacity to make thousands of IEDs," said the lead planner of the mission, Lt.-Col. Mike Patrick. He described the operation as the most successful carried out so far this year in Kandahar.
As well as seizing suicide bomber vests and large quantities of explosive nitrates and accelerants, the troops found three .50-calibre Russian heavy machine-guns, two rocket launchers, thousands of metres of commercial grade detonation cord and large quantities of ball bearings that can caus
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