12 Oct. 2008
PR# 2008-525

ANSF, ISAF disrupts major insurgent attack

KABUL, Afghanistan - At approximately 7:30 p.m., 11 October, ISAF forces took action to interdict a combined attack planned by enemy forces against an ANSF compound in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province.

Insurgents were seen gathering on the outskirts of the town, prior to launching a mortar attack.  In an excellent example of joint operations, ANSF and ISAF forces worked together to counter this aggression. During this counterattack, ISAF forces successfully conducted an air strike in which multiple enemy forces were killed.

“If the insurgents planned a spectacular attack prior to the winter, this was a spectacular failure,” said Brigadier General Richard Blanchette, ISAF spokesman.

Task Force Helmand spokesman Royal Marine Lieutenant Colonel Woody Page said, “This was a deliberate and planned operation that continues, conducted by ISAF and ANSF forces to defeat terrorist activities in the region of Lashkar Gah.

“We remain fully committed to supporting the government and people of Afghanistan in their aim to defeat these terrorists.”

Task Force Helmand is conducting reassurance patrols in the area and Governor Mangel has addressed the people of Lashkar Gah via broadcast in the town. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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/