24 Jun. 2009
PR# 2009-449

ANSF, ISAF target IED networks

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) conducted successful operations in Farah and Kandahar provinces against Improvised Explosive Device (IED) facilitators on June 22-24.

In the first operation, Afghan National Police (ANP) and ISAF troops in Farah City, Farah province killed a major IED facilitator and captured three other insurgents. This operation was a part of a targeted campaign against IED facilitator networks in Farah province.

The senior IED facilitator was Ramatullah, known to the ANP for his involvement in IED operations and attacks on Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) forces.

On June 23-24, ANSF and ISAF forces conducted a raid on a series of compounds and storage facilities 2km west of Belanday, Kandahar province.  The location was the base for the activities leading IED manufacturer, and a known threat to nearby ANSF and ISAF troops.

When ISAF troops reached Belanday a number of insurgents, including two wearing suicide vests, tried to escape. Approximately 25 insurgents were killed in the engagement with one being captured and currently being detained for questioning.

An amount of material and chemicals used in the manufacture of IEDs were found on site including detonator cords and home-made explosives. A number of weapons were also found including Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) and AK variant automatic rifles.

No women or children were found on site and no Afghan civilians were harmed during either operation.

Whilst IEDs target security forces throughout Afghanistan it is Afghan civilians who are most often affected, with IEDs indiscriminately killing and wounding innocent Afghans.

ISAF warns all Afghans not to approach IEDs, and to inform security forces of IED locations. ISAF also encourages Afghans to contact the government authorities with any information regarding insurgents who place IEDs.

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