22 Sep. 2009
PR# 2009-719

Operational Update: ISAF Observes UN Peace Day; Two ISAF Members Killed

KABUL, Afghanistan - In support of the International Security Assistance Force commander's directive for ISAF units to observe the United Nations' International Day of Peace, ISAF conducted no offensive engagements on Sept. 21.

However, several insurgent attacks in southern and eastern Afghanistan required ISAF personnel to assist Afghan National Security Forces in defensive operations to protect the Afghan public from insurgent attack. In these incidents, several insurgents were killed while attacking ANSF personnel and planting improvised explosive devices.

Among other culturally significant activities supported by ISAF, Combined Joint Task Force-82 hosted an Eid ul Fitr celebration at Bagram Air Field, marking the end of Ramadan, Islam's month-long fast. Demonstrating a practical act of peace and signifying the ISAF commander's directive, CJTF-82 marked the celebration with a feast for 200 Afghan dignitaries, provincial governors, Afghan military and Afghan military and military leaders.

ISAF Casualties

Two International Security Assistance Force service members were killed Sept. 21 by two separate improvised explosive device detonations in southern Afghanistan.

Capt. Regina Gillis, U.S. spokesperson, confirmed that one of the deceased service members is from the United States.

ISAF is a key component of the international community's engagement in Afghanistan, assisting the Afghan authorities in providing security and stability and creating the conditions for reconstruction and development.

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/