06 Nov 2007

PR# 2007-700

ISAF confirms no Taliban in Khak-e Sefid district

ISAF has been able to confirm that contrary to some news reports, Taliban extremists are not in control of the Khak-e Sefid district center in Farah Province. A combined Afghan Security Forces/ISAF patrol has swept through the area and has found that the Taliban militants who entered the village, looted and burned down several buildings are no longer there.

“Taliban extremists have used this tactic before,” said ISAF spokesman Brig. Gen. Carlos Branco.  “In September 2006, they overran a number of remote district centers, then almost immediately withdrew after claiming that they had achieved a strategic victory.  This is propaganda-not militarily significant.”

Operations elsewhere in Farah Province are on-going and ISAF will not be able to provide details of those operations at this time for operational security.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Kabul based news media who would like to talk with an ISAF spokesman on this topic are invited to meet at the ISAF Main Gate at 4 p.m.

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/