10 Apr 2007

PR# 2007-291

Multinational convoys deliver
much needed supplies

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Close to 100 civilian and military vehicles from several NATO countries operating in Southern Afghanistan were joined by Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) vehicles in a re-supply convoy between Kandahar City and ISAF Forward Operating Bases in Northern Helmand over the weekend.

“Our goal of providing a secure and stable environment, where reconstruction and development in Northern Helmand is now almost within reach at this stage,” stated Lieutenant Colonel Stephane Grenier, ISAF Regional Command South Spokesperson.

“Convoys such as these would have been virtually unthinkable months ago. Although we have not eliminated the threat completely, we are seeing definite signs of improvements,” he added.

Over the last week and immediately after securing Sangin District Centre, ISAF conducted a number of multinational convoys in the area to deliver much needed supplies so that the ANSF and ISAF can build the permanent security infrastructure required for long term ANSF presence in the area. The convoy which took place over the weekend took approximately 11 hours to reach its destination across both difficult terrain and Highway One.

Operation Achilles was launched in early March to provide the enduring security conditions to enable reconstruction and development to take place including the Kajaki Project. This multi year project, once completed will not only increase electrical power for residents, industries and commerce in Southern Afghanistan, but also improve the water supply for local communities and rehabilitate irrigation systems for farmlands of the Sangin Valley.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
Tel: +93 (0)799 51 1155 - Mobile: 0093 (0) 799 55 8291 pressoffice@hq.isaf.nato.int - www.nato.int/isaf/