24 Nov. 2009
PR# 2009-xxx

IJC Operational Update, Nov. 24: Afghan-International Security Forces Detain Militants in Three Provinces; ANA Soldiers Complete Medic Course; ISAF Casualty

KABUL, Afghanistan - Several militants in Kandahar province were detained by an Afghan- international security force today. One of the suspects is a known Taliban facilitator responsible for the financial and logistical support of militant elements in the area.

Tips from intelligence sources led the joint force to search compounds near the village of Bahay Dehe Sufla, southwest of Kandahar City. The compounds were searched without incident. The militants were detained without resistance and one confirmed his identity as the Taliban facilitator.

In another operation today, a sought after Haqqani facilitator and several other militants were detained by an Afghan-international security force in Khowst province.

Tips from intelligence sources led the joint security force to search a compound near the village of Maymad Kalay in the Sabari district. The compound was searched without incident and the militants were detained. One detainee surrendered without resistance and identified himself as the Haqqani facilitator.

On Monday, a joint Afghan- ISAF security force detained a prominent insurgent leader associated with indirect fire attacks near the Bagram Airfield in Parwan province.

No civilians were harmed in any of these operations.

38 Afghan National Army soldiers complete Combat Medic Course

Thirty-eight Afghan National Army soldiers graduated the ISAF Combat Medic Course at Camp Hero near Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan Nov. 21.

"This course will give the ANA (Afghan National Army) medics the opportunity to provide immediate on-site medical care to their soldiers," said Captain Gord Barnes, a Canadian Operational Mentor and Liaison Team medical mentor. "Events like this graduation are a mark of progress in the development and training of the ANA."

During the eight-week Combat Medic Course, the students learned and practiced life-saving skills related to trauma care, which included how to apply tourniquets and bandages and treat patients for shock. The course also covered basic sanitation and preventive medicine. The graduates will join their Kandaks (battalions) as medics.

ISAF Casualty

One U.S. service member was killed during an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan yesterday.

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