17 Nov. 2008
PR# 2008-621

ANSF, ISAF defeat two insurgent attacks

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security Forces and ISAF defeated two insurgent attacks in eastern Afghanistan Nov. 16.

In Nangarhar, insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades at the civilian-populated district center of Khogyani and a nearby ISAF base. Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police and ISAF forces returned fire by ground and air in defence of the area. A number of insurgents were killed, and one is in Afghan custody. No civilians or soldiers were injured.

Insurgents also attempted to attack an ISAF base in Bermel district, Paktika. ISAF soldiers returned fired in self-defence and called in attack helicopters. A large number of insurgents were killed, while again no civilians or ISAF soldiers were injured.

“We commend the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police for their outstanding defence of their fellow citizens. Their capabilities are improving, and ISAF will continue to support them in defeating these enemies of peace,” said Brigadier General Richard Blanchette, ISAF spokesperson. “Although no civilians were injured, the insurgents’ attack on a district center only re-emphasizes their complete disregard for Afghan lives. This further solidifies ISAF’s steadfast support of the Afghan government in our joint mission to make this country more secure so that the Afghan people can go about their business without fear of attack from such murderers.”

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