FRAGO HABASH VII
TO: A COY, 2 PARA BN.
FROM: SILBOT, LT, OC 1 PLT, A COY, 2 PARA BN.
SUBJECT: OPERATION HABASH VII 272000ZSEP20
TIME: 1530L 7th March 2012
WEATHER: Clear, no wind and temperatures between 10 and 15 degrees.
CURRENT POS: PB ASHWORTH and PB LEAKEY
MAP DATA: Here
10A: Lt Silbot
10B: Sgt Scarle
11C: Cpl Ainsley
12C: Cpl Joyce
13C: Cpl McPherson
41A: Cpl Cullen
43A: Pte Keeling
44A: LCpl Tasner
W70: LCpl Pettersson
After completing the initial phase of the company’s intent, the company is now deployed to patrol bases around the region. With the extended reach, all platoons will now commence ISR operations and build the intelligence package for the task force. The enemy efforts have been unsuccessful in interfering with our mission and are expected to be less intense and organised. This is in line with the overall plan for phase two.
In General: Asadabad is mostly a dry area, with some agricultural green zones along Kunar river,surrounded by the many mountain ranges rising above the province. The area has some larger more populated towns along with many smaller villages on the outskirts with little population easy for the Taliban to extort and claim a foothold. The road network is decent due to the many smugglers using the province as a safe haven to transport drugs, weapons and people.
In Detail: We are deploying to the capital of Kunar province, Asadabad and will be setting up in camps north west of the town by the Pech river. Our main base will be FOB BUDD located close to a larger populated town, in order to assist all friendly forces in the province. The manoeuvre elements of the company will be located at PB Ashworth and PB Leakey on the mountains surrounding FOB Budd, in order to close the gap between coalition troops and locals.
IV. ENEMY FORCES
Known & Suspected En. Positions: Intelligence suggests there are multiple insurgency headquarters and training facilities in the province, but no exact location has been established. Intelligence suggests an enemy hideout in the western part of 1 platoons sector.
Strength: J2 assesses up to thousands across the province, of which several hundred are expected to be in our AO.
Weaponry: AK and Soviet Era weaponry in use. Depending on the contents being smuggled across the border, more advanced weapons are to be expected. US naval special warfare confirms that they have encountered Soviet era static emplacements during operations in the area. Calibre up to 12.7mm and RPG/STRELA Missiles. IDF: Mortars, unknown number and kind.
Vehicles: Mainly Civilian vehicles adapted with Soviet Era Weaponry.
Air Threat: Moderate. Soviet STRELA missiles have been reported.
Mine/IED Threat: MODERATE - General AO, HIGH - Areas of interest.
V. ENEMY INTENT
To maintain control of the province and continue operations against coalition forces.
VI. FRIENDLY FORCES
2 Para, A company
USMC provincial QRF
HMS Ambush (TLAM)
VII. LOCAL FORCES
CARD ALPHA ‘424’
1UP: Conduct ISR operations within platoon sectors in order to build an intelligence package of the region with actionable target data.
Troop A Objective
Find and Neutralise Rafiq Zaidi
Intelligence has suggested that Rafiq Zaidi is located in the North of the region close to where the 2 US Pilots were rescued. It is suspected that Rafiq used these men as bargaining chips to boost his status amongst the civilian populace for protection.
1-1 & FSG are tasked with intel collection. It is well known that the old ANP PB in Puesto Vulkan is their lookout post for Bluefor Troops. Air and ground assets will have to work together to coordinate their attack on the PB and finding Rafiq at the same time.
Troop B Objective
Find and Neutralise Azeem Zaidi
Intelligence has suggested that Azeem Zaidi has close connections in the town and surrounding villages of Kunara. Kunara has a strong dislike to western ideals boosted by Sabib Rahman and probably won’t take too kindly to foreign soldiers in their region. The water treatment plant (rescued) in the area has dried the river bed to the south which has led to further political tension.
1-2 & 1-3 are tasked with hearts and minds intel collection by any means necessary. Fighting age males are loyal to Azeem due to his ‘humanitarian’ work in exchange for bomb making and will exchange their life if it means keeping their families safe.
Determined by Troop Commander in the field
All civilians held in our care must be searched and remain cuffed at all times.
Both Troop A and Troop B must synchronise assaults to capture the bomb makers.
Radio check: 1955
Both troops to move: 2000
Personnel: Appoint and bring a terp (IP).
Dress: CEFO, MTP uniforms & PPE.
Equipment: As per SOP. (COIN) <-That means bring valons and paint.
Weapons: As per SOP.
Ammo: As per SOP.
Meds: CTM and CSMR.
CCP/CAP: Role 2, FOB BUDD.
POWs / Detainees: To be delivered to 40B
XIV. COMMAND AND SIGNAL
i. Command: Lt Silbot (10A), Sgt Scarle (10B), LCpl Pettersson (W70), Pte Taylor (W73).
ii. Signals: Ch1 1 Plt net, Ch2 2 Plt net, Ch3 3 Plt net, Ch4 4 Plt net, Ch5 Coy net, Ch6 Fires net, Ch7 Flight net (internal), Ch8 CAS net, Ch9 Flight utility net. Frequencies as per FST IC.
iii. Challenge/Response: MASTER / PUPPETS