17 Mar 2007

PR# 2007-194

ISAF commanders meet troops in Op Achilles

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – General Dan McNeill, ISAF commander, and Major General Ton van Loon, commander, Regional Command-South, began their trip to Uruzgan yesterday by speaking with ISAF Dutch troops positioned south of Deh Rawod.

As part of Operation Achilles, ISAF’s Task Force Uruzgan has moved into new areas closer to the Helmand-Uruzgan border to form a security cordon and disrupt Taliban extremist operations. Troops reported to the commanders that overall contact with the local population has been warm and friendly.

“The visit has confirmed in my own mind that ISAF is making a positive difference,” stated Major General van Loon.

“The Afghan National Police Chief for Southern Uruzgan told me that the positive effects of Operation Achilles are being felt in Uruzgan,” he added.

After speaking with troops on the ground, the two commanders proceeded to Camp Holland, located in Tarin Kowt, to meet with Governor Munib and speak with Dutch and Australian commanders. They also received a tour of ISAF’s Australian Trade Training School and spoke with local Afghan students.

Operation Achilles is a deliberate and long-term operation whereby ISAF has taken the initiative away from Taliban extremists. Afghan National Security Forces and ISAF forces will continue to apply pressure on extremist forces and pursue reconstruction and development opportunities until our objectives are achieved. There is no scheduled end date to this operation.

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