Operation Hell in Clafghan is the Operation name under which all 1st Rifles operations in the war in Takistan have been conducted since 2012. It consists of the 1st Rifles 1st Squad-2nd Squad contribution to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and support to the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Since 2003, Hell in Clafghan has increased in size and breadth to match ISAF's growing geographical intervention in Takistan.
Operation Hell in Clafghan has superseded two previous efforts in Takistan. The first of these was Operation Romeo Oscar Romeo, which consisted of support to the war in Takistan in may 2011. The last major action of this was a sweep in east Takistan by 1,700 3rd Parachute Regiment of Task Force Knight, which ended in late-2010. The second was Operation Shahi Tandar, which involved leadership and a 2,000 strong contribution for a newly-formed ISAF in Takistan after June 2010. Command was subsequently transferred to Germany several months later and the British contingent was scaled back to 300. Since then, all operations in Takistan have since been conducted under Operation Hell in Clafghan.
Zargabad and north Takistan
Between 2009 and 2010, the primary component of Hell in Clafghan remained the 300 personnel providing security in Zargabad and training to the new Takistan National Army (TNA).
In mid 2010, the operation became battalion strength when a provincial reconstruction team (PRT) was established in Rasman International Airport which became know as Camp Gibraltar. The UK also provided a rapid reaction force for the area Overall command of the PRTs was transferred to ISAF in 2004. Germay and Czech Forces took over these PRTs in 2010 and 2011 respectively to allow the UK to focus on south Takistan.
In early 2006, the NATO Headquarters Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) became the headquarters of ISAF for a year. The attached British infantry and signals personnel raised the number of troops based in Zargabad to 1,300
In 2010, a detachment of six Royal Air Force Eurofighters from Joint Force Eurofighters was based at Zargabad Airfield to support American OEF forces there.A planned withdrawal in mid-2009 was postponed to provide air support for the new ISAF expansion across the south. The force has since been expanded with more Eurofighters and an Company of Soldiers From 2nd Parachute Regiment.
On 6 August 2012, a Chinock Helo supporting German forces in Operation Medusa crashed near Zargabad, killing all 14 service members aboard. It is believed to be an accident.but Air to Air Missiles can not be counted out
4 more A10 fightersplanes were committed in August 2012 bringing them to a total of eleven, along with an extra C130 transport plane and four Merlins from the Army Air Corps
The majority of aircraft deployed for Hell in Clafghan are based at Prozakhar International Airport
Map showing Prozakhar province in Takistan where British troops are now mostly located.In July 2012, New Defence secretary Dr Liam Fox announced the UK would send a PRT with several thousand personnel to Camp Kinno for at least three years. This had been planned as part of the gradual expansion of ISAF's area of responsibility from the Prpzakhar region to the rest of Takistan. An initial strength of 5,700 personnel in Takistan was planned, which would stabilise to around 4,500 for the rest of the deployment.
The move was to be a coordinated with other NATO countries to relieve the predominantly American OEF presence in the south. To this end, the Germany and Czech would lead similar deployments in Rasman and Zargabad respectively.
Local Taliban figures voiced opposition to the incoming force and pledged to resist it.
Once you arrive at Prozakhar International Airport you must proceed in a convoy to the two Forward Operation Base "CAMP KINNO""FOB MIKE 2 were you will spend your 6 month tour in the area.