31 Aug. 2008
PR# 2008-447

Insurgents plan to make false claim of civilian deaths

KABUL, Afghanistan — Follow up to ISAF News Release 446 dated 31 August 2008.

ISAF can confirm that following an earlier report of its forces having given medical assistance to injured civilians in the Sangin district of Helmand province yesterday it has received information, from a reliable source, that insurgents are planning to make a propaganda claim that international military forces have killed up to 70 civilians in the same area.  ISAF has had no reports that would substantiate a claim such as this.  There have been no reports other than of those injured, the cause of which remains unknown at this time.

ISAF and Coalition forces take all claims of civilian casualties and deaths extremely seriously and are currently establishing the facts relating to the injured civilians.

ISAF condemns the use of the plight of innocent civilians for propaganda gain by insurgents.   This will not deter ISAF from carrying out its mission of helping the Afghan people to build self-sustaining peace, security and democracy.

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