15 Apr 2007

PR# 2007-306

Border Security Sub-Committee Meets in Kandahar

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Yesterday at ISAF’s Kandahar Airfield, senior military officials from the Afghanistan and Pakistan Army and ISAF’s Regional Command South held a Border Security Sub-Committee meeting. This partnership was established to address cross border security issues.

In support of Operation Achilles, ISAF, Afghan National Security Forces, along with Pakistan military forces conducted successful border operations to prevent foreign fighters and weapons from crossing freely through respective borders. At today’s meeting, ongoing operations as well as future operations involving border security were discussed.

By increasing the number of patrols in the border area of Baram Chah, there has been an increase of support from the local population; they have been cooperative and supportive. A total of over one tonne of opium has been seized. Hundreds of weapons including small arms and RPG have been sieved. Dozens of foreign extremists have been detained and prevented from supporting Taliban extremists in Afghanistan.

Present at yesterday’s meeting were Major-General Ton Van Loon, ISAF Commander, RC-S, Major-General Asmatulah Raufi, Commander, 205th ANA Corps and Major-General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, Director General Military Operations with the Pakistan Army General Headquarters.

“[This] meeting was very successful; a lot was accomplished. We agreed to share information, intelligence, work closer together for the benefit and future of Afghanistan and Pakistan,” stated Major-General van Loon, Commander, RC-S.

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