Securing Kabul: Meet The British Soldiers In One Of The World's Deadliest Cities | Forces TVJun 07, 2021
Framed by the towering mountains of the Hindu Kush, Kabul was once a key stop on Asia's Silk Roads, a place of gardens, bazaars and grand palaces, today, sadly, it is known for very different reasons as one of the most dangerous
worldfor RAF helicopters. crews who fly over it daily it is a place to quickly cross rear crews scan the streets below the puma firing decoy flares to protect themselves from possible ground threats we are flying from Kabul international airport to a heavily fortified complex in the heart of the city It is home to troops from five nations who are part of what is known as the Kabul Security Force or KSF, the main job is to provide security by acting as guardian angels for NATO advisors as they travel around the city and
meeteach other. encounters a company of
soldiersfrom the 2nd Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment.
Here and what the British military calls Operation Torille, in recent months
citieshave seen an increase in violence, the Taliban and now the Islamic states, the Afghan franchise known as Isis Khorasan province or Isis K, have launched a series of suicide bombings and high-profile gun attacks
securingthe The city is now the work of the Afghan security
forces, with NATO providing advice and mentoring and in charge of the KSF is a British brigadier. We've had these recent attacks. There's a ring of steel essentially around the city, but somehow these insurgents are making it through. these bombs these vehicles and identity cards in the city how good security
forcesare how effective they really are on the ground I think if we look at the performance of the Afghan security forces across the country we should be very impressed.
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I am very impressed with what you are doing, there is no doubt that security in the city is a challenge. The Afghans have taken a step forward in recent weeks and I believe that what they are fulfilling now is a very capable security in the face of a very difficult task.
securinga big city from all directions, they are there at the forefront, they put themselves in danger every day and they do it stoically. I mean, it's very, very impressive and in many ways, you know, we are honored by their contribution to our own security, so I think they are brave warriors and they are doing a very good job. 650 British troops are now based in Afghanistan here in the capital, our soul company, York, as well as patrolling, also provide a quick reaction force and in January when Taliban gunmen attacked the Cabal Intercontinental Hotel killing 43 people, They helped evacuate the guests to safety when I started, we went in and got all the information so we could and sat down as we like, the Afghan forces take the lead. and they did all their stuff and then we basically sat back and then when they needed us we moved forward and we were there to extract the civilians from the hotel area and move them to safety today we join our company as they go across town to encounter Afghan forces at a key checkpoint, one of the city gates surrounding Kabul.
Insurgent groups are believed to have suicide bombers on standby in this city looking for opportunistic targets, meaning roadside moves like this can only be carried out. In protected vehicles like the Foxhound, at a checkpoint on the southern edge of the city, we
meetsome of the local officers whose job it is to prevent insurgents from entering here, Turkish troops advising the police for the orcs. This is an opportunity to identify. Possible bypass routes by which insurgents could be bypassing this security ring to smuggle explosives and bomb components Just outside the complex is the gate itself, here police officers stop and search vehicles as they enter the city, a task which in Kabul can literally mean life. or death absolutely every second of every day they are checking vehicles that could be bombs could be explosives and if they identify those vehicles there is a good chance that they will explode and yet they continue leaving day after day.
Every day they check those vehicles with a level of bravery that I really am one of the young officers here. I'm Charlie Dennison, he joined the army just six months ago and today is his first operational Patrol with a military background anyway, so my dad's been away. during the HERA Firoz and then I came out mr. Heric is here, obviously, but it's a good experience to be there, learn the ins and outs and see the extent to which the Afghan forces are taking over the Fox sound vehicles that the Yorks are using, they were designed specifically for Afghanistan, they have shaped hulls. of V that offer improved resistance to ID blasts and Back, a new Kabul complex, are maintained by Remi's engineering team.
Yes, Avi Foxhound comes with a capsule on a chassis. The capsule container for crew survival. The capsule is often interchangeable between vehicles. You can take it off and touch it with another vehicle. The Foxhound crews are kept busy as we see it first hand as we film, a report comes in about another bombing raid near the base and the York Quick Reaction Force prepares to leave. They have just been mobilized due to a suicide bomber. just detonated, report about a mile away from here, outside NATO headquarters, now they will stay here for the time being because all the city roads in this area at least are closed while the Afghans deal with the incident in the end. the QRF were withdrawn, the consequences were dealt with by the Afghans themselves, they tried to prevent peace in this country, it was later learned that the bombers attacked a checkpoint while several senior officials and military commanders were inside NATO headquarters holding a press conference among them the General.
John Nicholson, the highest-ranking US officer, here two members of the Afghan security forces are killed in the explosion and a few hours later Isis K claimed responsibility. NATO commanders estimate there are now 1,500 Isis fighters in Afghanistan, the vast majority Pakistani Pashtuns, many of them defectors from the Taliban, given that we have been here for a long time, is this still a winnable battle and war? Yes, we have made great progress across the country. Afghan security forces are at the center of the solution. The security situation here and the quality of the situation. their
soldiers, the quality of their police is shining throughout the country and we must be very happy that they are winning this fight and I believe they will win it.
I have no doubt that they will win it and they are getting closer to doing so. but they are still suffering a high number of casualties there, well that goes back to the point of their bravery, they are on the front lines every day, they are taken to fight the enemy and unfortunately many of the people that are out there are wounds. or killed in action, that is a reality, but it is a reflection of their quality and winning this fight during our time here. 23 Afghan soldiers died in one day across the country. A turf war between Isis K and the Taliban has spread to the Capitals streets everyone in Kabul on high alert for another attack our trip to one of the city's famous landmarks Flag Hill canceled due to fears for our safety British forces mission to bring peace to Afghanistan has been long and hard, but we are still very involved in it and we say that the commanders will see it through to the end if this country is to ever find peace and security, and these men and women Military commanders say they hold the key to the western outskirts of Kabul, in a sprawling training area that is the Afghan equivalent of the British Army's Royal Military Academy built with £75m of UK money.
Its goal is to train the leaders this army will need to defeat Afghanistan's long and deadly insurgency. In the parade square they practice their exercise. The march may seem more Soviet than Sandhurst. but everything on the curriculum here is inspired by UK military training, albeit with an Afghan flavour. British troops do not teach here, they meant all instructors. This Academy is very much a work in progress. The role of Sandhurst Military Academy is more than 200 years old. It didn't happen overnight, this Academy started literally from nothing and in less than five years it has produced over 3,000 officers, over a hundred women, and an honor of sorts, so a lot of progress has already been made.
We are at a stage where we can step back and let them do it on their own. No, no, some areas are much more advanced than others, but institutional residency is what will hold everything together and make the Academy resistant to internal and external influences. That it continues to develop and be robust for the future is what we are really focusing on. The cadets come from all 34 provinces of Afghanistan and are taught from all ethnic groups by 180 Afghan instructors who, in turn, are supported by sixty-four international advisors, about half of them. of them British, including Captain Lawrence Ainsworth, two mentors for instructors, they are all very friendly, once you speak English, they are always willing to speak English with you and once you don't try to get your attention, particularly when we are. outside and in the field exercises you can chat with some of the three or with Inceptor, so there are some, so they are all very similar reasons why we joined the army, if not even more magnified, here they want to defend their country and they want A strong and stable Afghanistan will allow their families and themselves to have a prosperous and secure future to earn a place in the Academy.
Cadets undergo a two-day selection committee with up to 700 applicants chasing 320 places. This Afghan captain is a combat veteran with the Taliban and in 2014 he was selected to attend Sandhurst, he told me that the security of Afghanistan is a regional problem, do you think you can defeat the Taliban? Isis K, the terrorists you have to fight, then they said at the same time that it is not. the war in Afghanistan, so we can, you can mention that this is one of the original missions of the second mission. China, I can mention India, Pakistan, I can mention Iran, so it will take time, but it will take time, but basically it is important for the Afghans to work hard and army and keep their security in the future the training area covers 2,000 acres with cadets Divided into groups according to Tunes Eyes, they spend a year in the academy field training in this way, most of the curriculum, these young officers are in their junior period.
While we are learning the basics of being a soldier, things like patrolling, handling weapons and digging defensive positions each year, the Academy trains about a thousand officer cadets of which about 10 percent are now women. Just over a hundred female cadets are currently training, the highest number since the Open Academy, 90% are from a Hazara ethnic group from the highlands of Afghanistan and to try to attract more women, female cadets receive more than double of training salary than their male counterparts, so we are currently working to boost co-ed lessons, obviously there are a couple. of cultural issues, so some of the lessons are combat life support, so if we are breathing and we separate them in the tolay, we work with a little bit of both, but mainly we work with mixed blessings, these cadets join an army who suffered a lot. losses in the first four months of last year two thousand five hundred Afghan soldiers and police died another four thousand were injured in 2016 almost 7,000 members of the Afghan security forces lost their lives in just 10 months and last summer the Afghan government stopped publishing figures of victims, so I'm an expert policewoman, Major Cheryl Richards, mentor to the officers who design the training courses here, what do you think of them as people in terms of their bravery and commitment to go and do what they go to do?
I'm really in awe of them, I think all the Afghans that I've worked with are quite motivated to make their country a better place and, in fact, they're eager to get on with it and, in fact, they're looking toward a time when that the mentors are no longer there and they can take care of things themselves and there's that sense of wanting more independence and getting on with it, so I really respect them for that, although the infrequent internal attacks are a constant. danger is present and all mentors have their own guardian angels, in our case Australian soldiers keep watch at all times, advisors including British troops are housed in a separate base on the edge of the site known as cargo camp, here as a company of second soldiersYorkshire Regiment Battalion, some of whom are on standby 24/7 as Quick Reaction Force carvers, so when we're in the burning chute it's nice to move around, so when we hear some saw alarm going off, we put on our gear depending on what these are and if it could be a revenue incident or we have to do it, whatever we need, whether it's a fire or if it's in the city, it will be marked on the vehicles, we will put the vehicles in order and we will march and we will prepare to intensify our effort. serve while still taking its foundations from the British Army, Sandhurst's nickname in the Academy arena, which is being developed here and delivered to cadets, is beginning to bear fruit and will hopefully, and this is the intention, last long time.
In the future it is about growing the leadership of the army not over the next two or three years but over the next 20 to 30 40 years as long as it continues to be modeled after Sandhurst, the realistic goal is to have an o'er in place At par of academies in India and Pakistan, in the long term the plan is for a gradual reduction of NATO mentors here, once they are all gone by 2026, leaving behind the hope of a
world-class training academy capable of producing the leaders for whom this army and Afghanistan so need simony. enforce your news Kabul you you
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