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of fighting and multiple operations conducted the Soldiers of Task Force
Arrowhead began to cement the design of Operation Talasha Dorot IX in order to
defeat the enemy and achieve enduring effects throughout the Kandahar Province.
The enemy had remained entrenched in their battle spaces for years; protecting
key villages and establishing elaborately layered defenses to prevent Coalition
Forces from disrupting or influencing their operations. Task Force Arrowhead
identified the village clusters collectively known as Siah Choy as decisive to
defeating the enemy. Shaping operations in Siah Choy resulted in the insurgents
consolidating in the village of Azikzai and reconstituting their force. As the
planning for Operation Talasha Dorot IX progressed it became evident that the
village of Azikzai was a significant enemy strong point with extensive
defenses. With 5th Battalion 20th Infantry Regiment leading the assault, the
Soldier's of Task Force Arrowhead fought for three days killing the majority
and forcing the remaining enemy fighters in the village of Azikzai to
relinquish the area of operation.
achieved in Azikzai came at a very high price; fourteen Soldiers were seriously
injured and one platoon leader was killed in action. The platoon leader's
platoon continued to fight for two and a half more days, led by an E5 Sergeant,
not only clearing their designated objective but providing support to clear
another unit's objective
of the Soldiers left a mark in the history of warfare and gave this area of
Afghanistan a chance to enjoy a better future.