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Afghan commandos conduct 1st successful night op

July 27, 2012 00:50 IST

The Afghan Special Forces have conducted their first successful night operation, the Pentagon said, adding that this reflects the growing strength and independence of the war-ravaged nation's security agencies.

"Last night in Afghanistan, US special operations joined Afghan commandos from the first special operations battalion in a full mission exercise demonstrating a night air assault. This was an Afghan plan, an Afghan-led mission," Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told media persons.

"Afghan pilots flew four helicopters during the exercise, which involved more than 50 Afghan commandos, and US            special operations forces acting in an advisory capacity. In the exercise, the commandos successfully discovered and apprehended a person of interest, recovered weapons and intelligence," he said.

"I highlight this exercise as another example of the increasing versatility and capability of Afghan national security forces, which are stepping into the lead for even our most complex operations," Little said.

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