22 Apr 2007

PR# 2007-332

ISAF troops foil Taliban ambush in northern Helmand

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) forces in Helmand attacked and deterred a group of Taliban extremists attempting to set up an ambush in the area northeast of Sangin on 18 April.

The attempted ambush involved more than 20 insurgents supported by four vehicles.  ISAF forces engaged the insurgents using a combination of troops, helicopters and close air support.

“Since the start of Operation Achilles, ISAF and ANSF (Afghan National Security Force) troops have engaged Taliban extremist forces on more than 250 occasions,” said Maj. Gen. Tan van Loon, Regional Command South commander.  “These operations have been successful in eroding the enemy’s ability to destabilize the region.  This swift ISAF maneuver is tangible evidence of our commitment to ensure the region’s continued development and to stabilize northern Helmand.”

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