Wednesday, December 30, 2009

OEF Summary, Dec. 30, 2009: Forces in Afghanistan Capture Insurgents, Seize Weapons

Dispatches from the Front

Dispatches from the Front:

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2009 -- Several militants were killed as coalition forces responded to an insurgent attack against Afghan soldiers and police in Afghanistan’s Baghlan Jadid district yesterday, military officials reported.

Two Afghan National Service members were killed during the initial insurgent attack. No civilians or international forces were injured or killed.

In other news, International Security Assistance Force members patrolling the Reg-e-Khan-Neshin district of Helmand province yesterday detained several suspected insurgents and confiscated weaponry. Seized items included 15 rocket-propelled grenades, three hand grenades, a machine gun with 500 rounds, six handheld radios, a satellite phone and five insurgent manuals.

Also yesterday, coalition and Afghan forces safely detonated a 500-pound bomb in Kandahar.

Meanwhile, the NATO ISAF is calling for a joint investigation of an incident that allegedly occurred in the village of Ghazi Khan in Konar province Dec. 26. An Afghan government review asserts that a combined coalition and Afghan force was responsible for the deaths of nine Afghan civilians during the operation.

The ISAF has requested and welcomes an immediate joint investigation to reach an impartial and accurate determination of the events that occurred.

(Compiled from NATO International Security Assistance Force news releases.)

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