“Operational Manoeuvre Group: Operation SOHIL LARAM II, Kandahar Province, February 2008,” Canadian Military History Vol. 18 Issue 1 2009

“Operational Manoeuvre Group: Operation SOHIL LARAM II, Kandahar Province, February 2008,” Canadian Military History Vol. 18 Issue 1 2009

Abstract

In February 2008 Regional Battle Group (South) in Afghanistan, based on The 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles supported by Canadian “enablers” and working with Afghan national security forces, conducted a mission known as Operation SOHIL LARAM II in the Maywand district of Kandahar province. A weak NATO presence coupled with a corrupt police force had allowed the Taliban to turn Maywand into a safe haven. Following the dismissal of the police force, Op SOHIL LARAM II was successful in disrupting Taliban operations, reasserting government authority and regaining the confidence of the local population. In addition, the disruption of Taliban forces allowed the relief in place of Canadian battle groups to proceed without the usual interference.

 

Originally Published in Canadian Military History