19 June 2008

PR# 2008-274

ISAF regional commander reports Arghandab, Kandahar as safe, secure

KABUL, Afghanistan - Operations in Kandahar city and Arghandab district continue to progress well as Afghan forces and ISAF work together to maintain security for the people of Afghanistan.

Overall, commanders in the area report the situation is not as the Taliban extremists claim. The population is calm, and the insurgents appear to have chosen to flee rather than fight.

In Kandahar city, Afghan National Security Forces and ISAF troops are ensuring security in Kandahar city and protecting against potential terrorist attacks.

In Arghandab district, ANSF and ISAF troops continue clearing operations, securing the area to allow innocent Afghans to return to their homes and properties, which they had been forced by the insurgents to leave.

“Kandahar City continues to enjoy relative calm. As Afghan and ISAF troops patrol the streets and set up check points, citizens are going about their normal daily business unhindered.” said Major General Marc Lessard, Regional Command (South) commander. “With ISAF support, the ANA is effectively achieving its mission and continue to develop its level of capability.”

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