14 Nov. 2008
PR# 2008-611

Joint ANSF, ISAF operation disrupts insurgents

ZABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Afghan National Police officers and ISAF soldiers conduct Operation Iron Cage here Nov. 12. The operation was designed to disrupt an insurgent cell in Qalat district. At the operations end, the ANP had detained nine people. .Jpg (162kb)

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security Forces planned and conducted a joint operation Nov. 12 to disrupt an insurgent cell in Qalat district, Zabul. This cell was responsible for attacks on Qalat city and an ISAF base.

Due to the nature of the information received, ANSF and ISAF only had one day to plan and execute an operation under the name “Iron Cage.” The Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police together with ISAF seized several houses, which were suspected to be used by the insurgents.

Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army and ISAF forces conduct maneuvers as part of Operation Iron Cage here Nov. 12. The operation was designed to disrupt an insurgent cell in Qalat district. At the operations end, the ANP had detained nine people..Jpg (142kb)

In Sikhak village they discovered documents that proved the insurgents’ activity in the area. By the end of the operation, the ANP had detained nine people.

Romanian Major Virgil Ovidiu Pop, ISAF’s battalion commander for the operation, explained, “During Iron Cage we showed our presence in the Qalat area and denied the insurgents’ activities. Close cooperation with our ANSF colleagues was key to the success of this operation.”

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