Friday, April 10, 2009
2 Rifles Battle Group introduction - Upper Sangin Valley - Helmand - Afghanistan
2 Rifles is part of 19 Light Brigade, which took over responsibility for Helmand Province for six months on 10 April. 2 Rifles is a battalion of approximately 600 soldiers in strength, but while in Afghanistan is receiving support from troops in all three services making up what is known as a Battle Group, of more than 1100 troops.
This is the first time 2 Rifles has been to Afghanistan on Operation Herrick. Its last six month deployment was to Iraq in 2007