[RTO Trainer: Task Force Thunderbird is the entire Brigade effort, not just a platoon. As details become available, we’ll find, I’m sure that there was a US and an Afghan platoon in the capture—that info’s just been muddled in transmission.]
Oklahoma National Guard soldiers have helped capture a mid-level insurgent leader in Afghanistan, the military announced Tuesday.
Bari Ali was captured during raids by Task Force Thunderbird, a specially-trained U.S. and Afghan National Army platoon.
“This group of specially trained Soldiers were brought together to thwart out insurgents in villages throughout Laghman province,” says U.S. Army Colonel Joel. P. Ward, commander of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “This opportunity to work with the ANA builds on their capacity to provide long-term security capabilities.”
Ali and two others, one of which was identified as his brother, Roshan Zilmai, surrendered to coalition forces without incident. Weapons, hand grenades, tactical fighting gear and cell phones were seized during the search.
Ali’s capture is expected to cut the lines of communication between some mid-level and low-level insurgents.