24 Jul. 2009
PR# 2009-523

ANSF, ISAF increase pressure on insurgents

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members are exerting pressure on insurgents in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan.

ANSF and ISAF have already begun the transition from Phase One of Operation Khanjar (Strike of the Sword) in the Helmand River valley, to Phase Two.

Phase One of Operation Khanjar involved clearing operations in which ANSF and ISAF service members moved into towns and villages along the Helmand River valley. Security forces then separated insurgents from the local population. This will ensure that local Afghan civilians are protected from insurgent intimidation and violence.   

Importantly, security forces have recently completed two raids that seized quantities of drugs and IED components.

Phase Two of Operation Khanjar involves ANSF and ISAF establishing forward operating bases and combat outposts from which they will continue to engage insurgents who threaten security and stability in the area.     

Security forces have also conducted raids on bazaars in the towns of Lakari and Safaar, which uncovered large quantities of drugs, narcotics, contraband, weapons caches and IED components.

The ISAF and ANSF mission is to provide security for population centres along the Helmand River valley and connect local citizens with their legitimate government, while also establishing stable and secure conditions for national elections scheduled for August 20.

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/