23 Oct 2007

PR# 2007-686

ISAF conducts air strike in Wardak Province

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan – ISAF forces conducted a coordinated air strike in the Jalrez District of Wardak Province in southeastern Afghanistan Oct. 22, which resulted in several militants being killed.

ISAF air and ground forces operating in the area positively identified more than 50 anti-government militants actively preparing an ambush at a location used during a previous ambush.  At 9:30 a.m., aircraft dropped precision munitions killing numerous enemy personnel.    

“ISAF takes great measures to avoid any damage to the Afghan people, or their property, during these air strikes. We have no reports of any civilians casualties at this time; however, if we caused any injury, we will extend every effort to assist any innocent people who may have been harmed.  We care deeply for the safety and welfare of the Afghan people,” said Army Maj. Christine Nelson-Chung, a spokeswoman for ISAF units in the area. 

“The militants operating in the Jalrez district pose a risk to the lives of the Afghan people while ISAF continues to extend peace and stability and works with the people building a more secure Afghanistan.”  Nelson-Chung said.

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