World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Operation Kaika

Article Id: WHEBN0017029162
Reproduction Date:

Title: Operation Kaika  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Operation Mountain Thrust
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Operation Kaika

Operation Kaika
Part of the War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
Date June 23 – 25, 2006
Location Near Kandahar, Afghanistan
Result US victory. Taliban retreat
United States United States,
Afghanistan Afghan National Army
Afghanistan Taliban insurgents
Commanders and leaders
United States Sheffield Ford III[1] Unknown
17 (United States),
48 (ANA)[2]
8 (AWD)[3] or 200 (US Mil.)[1]
Casualties and losses
2 American soldiers killed,
3 Afghan interpreters, Entire contingent of Afghan police[1]
120 killed[2]

Operation Kaika was a joint operation between American Special Forces and Afghan National Army soldiers, to establish a control base as part of the larger Operation Mountain Thrust, and clear Taliban fighters from three villages about 12 miles southwest of Kandahar, Afghanistan in June 2006.[1][4]

The battle took an unexpected twist when Afghan forces "laid siege" to the American-supported troops, "convinced they had the Americans cornered", the militants spearheaded three large assaults over the course of three days.[1] It became "one of the most sustained battles" of the war.[4]


As the American-led force of 9 Special Forces soldiers, 8 regular American soldiers and 48 Afghan soldiers approached the villages to be "swept" for insurgents, they were surprised to find the Afghan militants had "sophisticated communications" and heavy weaponry awaiting their arrival - and were quickly surrounded.[1]

Pinned down in the city, the Americans organised a team of 20 Afghan soldiers and several Special Forces to try and penetrate the surrounding teams of militants and make it through to the village's graveyard, where it was believed the militants were being commanded. The militants allowed the small splinter group to "escape" to the graveyard, where they discovered it had been a trap and they were surrounded.

American Sgt. Matthew Binney was wounded by machinegun fire, while Sgt. Joe Fuerst was hit by the shock of a rocket propelled grenade. The Afghan interpreter with them, dubbed "Jacob", then heard the militants yell out to him, explaining that they wanted to capture the Americans alive, and would allow him to leave unharmed. "Jacob" then radioed back to Ford's crew who were still pinned down in the village and requested permission to kill the two wounded Americans to prevent their capture. He was chastised, and Ford promised him that help was en route.

Now "desperate", American forces requested the Afghan policeforce send forces to back them up; but the police were intercepted and killed by the militant forces.[1]

American airstrikes, including close support by AH-64 Apache helicopters, allowed the US and Afghan troops to escape while inflicting heavy losses on the Taliban.

Two US Army soldiers and approximately 120 insurgents were killed.[2]


Ford, Maholic and another American soldier were awarded the Silver Star for their actions in the battle, while three others were awarded the Bronze Star.[1] Brendan O'Connor, was later awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by the United States government for his actions during the operation.[5]


  • Maurer, Kevin, "Soldier Shed Armor To Save Wounded", Fayetteville Observer, April 20, 2008.
  • CBS, 60 Minutes, April 20, 2008

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.