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Operation Mar Lewe
Part of the War in Afghanistan (2001–2021)
Date29 May-1 June 2009
LocationYatimchay, Helmand Province, Afghanistan
Result British/ANA victory.
United Kingdom United Kingdom,
Afghanistan Afghan National Army
Afghanistan Taliban insurgents
Commanders and leaders
United Kingdom Lieutenant Colonel Charlie Calder Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Casualties and losses
2 killed,
Unknown wounded

Operation Mar Lewe was a three-day[1] International Security Assistance Force operation started in the early hours of Friday 29 May 2009 when the Taliban were attacked as the Afghan Security Forces and British Army struck at enemy positions around the village of Yatimchay, 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) south of Musa Qaleh, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.[2] "Mar Lewe" is Pashtu for "snake wolf".[2][3]

The British Army forces were from the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers,[2] a well trained, operationally hardened Light Role Infantry Battalion.[4] Corporal Stephen Bolger, of the Special Forces Support Group, and Lance Corporal Nigel Moffett, of the Light Dragoons were killed by a roadside bomb during the operation.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Crick, Andy (2009-06-02). "Afghan bomb soldiers named". The Sun. p. 25. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Fusiliers and Afghan soldiers clear Taliban stronghold". Ministry of Defence. 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  3. Mullen, Tom (2009-06-04). "Leading the way in battle to defeat the Taliban". Evening Chronicle. pp. 18. 
  4. "2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers". British Army. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 

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