11 Jan 2007

PR# 2007-035

ISAF forces strike insurgents in Bermel district

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – ISAF and Afghan National Army (ANA) forces engaged and killed a significant number of insurgents in the Bermel district, Paktika province last night. Initial battle damage estimates indicate as many as 150 insurgents were killed.

Two large groups of insurgents were observed infiltrating Paktika province from Pakistan. The insurgents were monitored, tracked and subsequently engaged in Afghanistan, through the coordinated use of both air and ground fire in a series of engagements along the sparsely populated border region of Bermel district.

The insurgents had been observed gathering in Pakistan and had crossed the border prior to launching an attack against ANA and ISAF forces in the region. Pakistani military liaison officers were kept fully informed throughout the operation.

“The enemy cannot hide from Afghan and ISAF forces,” said Maj. Gen. Benjamin Freakley, Regional Command-East commander. “Day and night we’re employing every available means to search for, identify and destroy the enemies of Afghanistan. Last night was a good example of the effects the combined efforts of ISAF and Afghan forces can bring to bear on the enemy.”

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