30 Mar 2007

PR# 2007-252

Regional Security Committee meeting held in Afghan training centre

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – This week the second Regional Security Committee meeting was held at the Afghan National Police (ANP) Regional Training Centre near Kandahar City.

“The fact that we are holding this meeting at the ANP Regional Training Centre and not at the Kandahar Airfield demonstrates that security is improving and that we are heading in the right direction,” said Major Gen van Loon, commander, ISAF Regional Command South, in his opening statement to the gathering.

The stated aim of the Regional Security Committee is to assess security issues within Regional Command South’s area of responsibility.

The meeting was also attended by Maj Gen Abdul Rahman Zazai, Southern Regional Chief of Police; Col Wahidi, National Directorate of Security; and senior representatives from both the Afghan National Army 205th Corps and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

One of the major points of discussion was the recent Afghan National Security Forces-led operation 22 March in Babaji, where ISAF played only a supporting role. The Babaji operation was a tangible example of the ANSF’s ability to plan and execute complex operations to increase security in Southern Afghanistan. The Babaji operation had a significant impact on Taliban extremist operations in Northern Helmand, according to officials.

 “I am very pleased with the results of the Babaji operation and I offer my condolence to the families of the brave men of the ANSF who lost their lives during the mission,” said Maj Gen van Loon.

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