29 Oct. 2009
PR# 2009-xxx

Operational Update: Militants Detained; ISAF Casualties

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and international security force detained a few suspected militants today in Lashkar Gah district, Helmand province, during a compound search operation.

The compound is known to be used by a senior Taliban commander with numerous connections to other Taliban commanders and leaders of the Taliban shadow government in the region.

The security force searched the compound near the village of Barang after intelligence indicated militant activity. The joint force searched the compound without incident and detained the suspected militants. No shots were fired, and no one was injured.

Afghan and international security forces consistently combine their experience, skills and resources to eliminate the Taliban threat and to ensure the safety and well-being of all Afghan people.

ISAF Casualties

Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members were killed in two separate IED strikes in southern Afghanistan October 28.

"We are deeply saddened and offer our condolences to the friends and families of those killed," said Navy Capt. Jane Campbell, IJC spokesperson. "Our mission to help protect Afghans is challenging, and despite this loss of life we remain focused on achieving our security objectives along with helping Afghans improve governance and development."

It is ISAF policy to defer identification procedures of casualties to the relevant national authorities. Capt. Campbell confirmed one of the service members killed was from the United States.

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/