In the last few days, operators from the Polish JW Komandosów (former 1st Special Commando Regiment) conducted operations that resulted in dismantling a terrorist ring in Ghazni province, Afghanistan.

The operations conducted with elements of Afghan Police succeeded in uncovering several secret ammunition caches and IED making equipment. During one of the raids operators came under attack by insurgents. As a result of the exchange, 4 insurgents got killed, including the ringleader, and further 5 were detained, no members of JWK of Afghan police were injured. Commandos of JWK make up Task Force 50 (TF-50) of the ISAF SOF Command, conducting operations in Ghazni province, which is under the supervision of the Polish Military Contingent.

Zia Mohammad, the ringleader, also known as Mawaz was said to lead a group responsible for numerous acts of terrorism. Number one on the Ghazni Police Wanted list, his actions included terrorising the locals, assassinations of key members of local government and police and bombardment of the ISAF bases in Ghazni.

JW Komandosów in Afghanistan
JW Komandosów in Afghanistan

The Polish Commandos were supported by members of the “Afghan Tigers” antiterrorism unit of the Afghan Police. This unit has been trained by TF-50 to take part in operations just like this. All boots on the ground unanimously agree that the unit has proven to be a valuable asset and a trusted local ally. Afghan Tigers are set to take over from TF-50 when the Polish Military Contingent withdraws from Afghanistan.