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The battalion deployed with 16 Air Assault Brigade on Operation Herrick 13 in Helmand Province over the winter of 2010/2011. They had the important role of the Nad-e Ali region and where tasked with working together with their Afghan Security Forces counterparts to neutralise the insurgency in the area and protect the people living across the region.

A member of the Royal Irish Regiment in Afghanistan

The R IRISH battlegroup, which consisted of regular and Army Reserve soldiers and officers, continued to develop the local security forces and sought to spread the governance of the Afghan government to give the people an improved standard of life free of the Taliban.

The deployment was busy and the task was difficult but the battle group was successful and gained a huge amount of respect for the work that it carried out.

Fighting was fierce at times. However, with the Irish warrior spirit, the battlegroup left the area in a much improved condition from when it had arrived.

The soldiers’ skills and ability to fight the enemy was equalled by their empathy for the local people who lived in the vicinity of their checkpoints and patrol bases and that was the key to its success.

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