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Cobra Strike Kandak to start operations with additional firepower

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The Cobra Strike Kandak of the Afghan Commandos will soon start operations against the militants with additional firepower after its introduction by the Afghan National Army Special Operations Corps (ANASOC).

The Cobra Strike Kandak of the Afghan Commandos will soon start operations against the militants with additional firepower after its introduction by the Afghan National Army Special Operations Corps (ANASOC).

Part of the Afghan 2020 Roadmap, ANASOC will establish six additional Cobra Strike Kandaks. The additional mobile capability allows ANASOC to use the CSKs nation-wide, in concert with existing Commando forces, and provides an unprecedented level of mobility and firepower for the Commando force, according to a report by the Resolute Support Mission.

The report further adds that CSKs will operate in Mobile Strike Force Vehicles. Heavily armored and mine-resistant, the MSFVs provide additional protection and lethality for Commandos, and were used to eliminate five IS-K fighters in the Jan. 2018 failed attack on the Marshall Fahim Academy in Kabul.

To become part of the 6th CSK, soldiers were selected from a conventional Afghan National Army Mobile Strike Kandak and had to pass the 14-week Commando Qualification Course to earn a slot at the Cobra Strike Maneuver Course, the report added.

According to the report, the three-month long CSMC tested the Commandos’ mettle and mastery of combat maneuver skills. The live fire exercise was a visible culmination of the training and tasks required to become Afghanistan’s newest lethal weapon.