Thursday, May 7, 2009

OEF Summary, May 7, 2009: Troops in Afghanistan Capture Insurgent Financier

Dispatches from the Front

Dispatches from the Front:

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 7, 2009 -- In a combined operation, Afghan national security forces and International Security Assistance Force troops captured an insurgent financier, on May 6 in Kabul.

The financier, a well known insurgent, was wanted for providing funds for purchasing Improvised Explosive Devices components. IEDs kill and injure Afghans and security forces personnel, and placing such devices undermines the safety and security of all people in Afghanistan.

During the ANSF-led operation, local security forces and ISAF troops raided a compound in Kabul and arrested the insurgent without resistance.

This arrest successfully used minimal force to remove an insurgent posing a threat to all Afghans and security forces personnel.

"This operation demonstrates the resolve of the ANSF and ISAF to remove insurgents supporting the production of IEDs," said Brig. Gen. Richard Blanchette, ISAF spokesperson. "Once again, this operation shows the professionalism of ANSF soldiers dedicated to the security of Afghanistan."

(Report from an International Security Assistance Force HQ news release.)

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