20 Mar 2007

PR# 2007-213

Rescue mission in Uruzgan Province accomplished

TARIN KOWT, Afghanistan – ISAF resumed air rescue operations in the flooded Deh Rawod District near the Helmand-Uruzgan border this morning. Upon completion, an estimated 600 villagers have been rescued.

Initially, poor weather hampered rescue operations yesterday; however, helicopters still landed where possible to rescue villagers. Yesterday’s rescue efforts saved approximately 350 villagers. In some cases, ISAF had to persuade frightened people to accept being hoisted out of danger. Last night, ISAF troops also remained on site with villagers who were not airlifted in order to assist them by providing food, drinking water and blankets until rescue efforts resumed this morning.

 “ISAF troops operate in a very dynamic environment. Their ability to quickly change focus from operations against Taliban extremists to a rescue operation of stranded Afghan civilians is a testament to their dedication and commitment to the people of Afghanistan,” stated Major General Ton van Loon.

ISAF Dutch ground forces and Dutch Air Task Force Cougars and Apaches, positioned for the Operation Achilles’ stabilization mission, along with U.S. Black hawks and Chinooks with the 33rd and 301st Emergency Rescue Squadron took part in the rescue mission.

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