Taliban caught off guard, weapons found

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A British Royal Marine-led operation targeting a Taliban command post in Afghanistan's Helmand province uncovered a major weapons cache.

British Royal Marines from the 45 Commando Group led a night raid on a Taliban operational base with support from Afghan National Army troops.


The raid, just over a mile north of Forward Operating Base Inkerman in Afghanistan's volatile Helmand province, caught the militants off guard and resulted in a successful takeover of the compound, the British Ministry of Defense reported.

Officials say upon entering the compound -- a suspected improvised explosive device factory -- soldiers uncovered a large number of rifles, handguns and ammunition along with rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons.

"The Taliban were clearly caught off guard and were slow to react," Maj. Richard Parvin, company commander Y Company, 45 Commando Group, said in a statement.

"As the company advanced deeper into enemy territory, more and more weapons and explosives were uncovered."

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