Operation Hammer Down

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Operation Hammer Down
Part of the War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
Two US Army soldiers with an Afghan soldier during Operation Hammer Down
Two US Army soldiers with an Afghan soldier during Operation Hammer Down
Date24 June 2011 - 30 June 2011
Gambir Jungle, Kunar Province, Northeast Afghanistan
Result Success
Afghanistan Afghanistan
United States United States
Afghanistan Taliban insurgents
Commanders and leaders
United States Colonel Colin P. Tuley
Casualties and losses
5 killed
Dozens wounded
Approximately 120 killed
50 Wounded

Operation Hammer Down was a seven-day U.S.-led air-assault offensive in June 2011 designed to eliminate foreign fighters and training camps in the Watapur Valley of Kunar Province in Afghanistan in preparation of an eventual push into the Western Pech area. The operation's primary objective was to destroy suspected training camps at the northern end of the Watapur in order to interdict the flow of insurgents through the valley and forbid the Taliban from increasing their manpower in the western Pech. This operation was conducted by the 2nd Battalion 35th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Task Force Cacti) as a battalion-wide mission that spread each element throughout the area of operations[1]

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  1. ^ Ryan D. Wadle, Ph. D. (2014). "HAMMER DOWN The Battle for the Watapur Valley, 2011" (PDF). Fort Leavenworth, Kansas: Combat Studies Institute Press US Army Combined Arms Center. Retrieved 16 September 2017.

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