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Gurkhas take protection role in Afghanistan

10 June 2016

Soldiers of B Company of Second Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles are currently deployed in Darulaman Training Area in Kabul, Afghanistan, to support Exercise NATIONAL HERO.

The Gurkhas are in Afghanistan as part of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission, providing enduring support to the Afghan Government. Their primary role is to protect UK and NATO mentors supporting and advising the training of Afghan National Army Officer Cadets.

The Darulaman training area lies on the edge of a mountain range overlooking Kabul City. The Gurkha’s task is to protect the mentors throughout the training exercise.

Although it is a military training area, there is a persistent threat. The Gurkhas had the challenging task of protecting the mentors as well as providing their own security.

During the exercise, the Gurkhas worked alongside three different nationalities, Australian, New Zealand and Danish.

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