04 Mar. 2009
PR# 2009-219

Afghan security forces, supported by ISAF, discover weapons in Sangin

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), supported by International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), recently conducted the latest in the Operation GHARTSE PALANG series, targeting known facilitators of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and disrupting the flow of enemy weapons and funding in Helmand Province’s Sangin area.

In a demonstration of their growing skill and capacity, the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Police (ANP) worked closely with ISAF in the planning of the operation and developing intelligence on compounds in the Charkak Shayla Wadi and Sangin bazaar areas.

One hundred and twenty ANA troops were joined by approximately 120 ISAF and 20 ANP members in the two-day operation. Afghan security forces led all searches as ISAF provided support and assistance from specialized search teams.

The operation resulted in the discovery of a number of small arms and rocket-propelled grenade warheads, as well as raw opium and home-made explosives, demonstrating the link between the narcotics trade and the insurgency. All items were destroyed in a controlled explosion.

The Afghan forces detained an individual, one of the key targets of the operation, who was believed to have been central to providing funds to the insurgents.

"The operation combined the capabilities of ISAF forces with the skills of both the ANA and the ANP, leading to the successful capture of a known Taliban sympathiser and financial supporter," said Major Jonny Kitson, Commanding Officer of the British mentoring team.

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