Combined Forces Conclude Response to Kabul Attack

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2011 — Afghan Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Forces, sup­port­ed by coali­tion forces, suc­cess­ful­ly con­clud­ed an oper­a­tion ear­ly today against a small group of insur­gents who’d ear­li­er attacked sev­er­al loca­tions in Kab­ul city, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

Insur­gents yes­ter­day attacked the Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Afghanistan head­quar­ters and the U.S. Embassy in Kab­ul with small-arms fire from out­side the secure zone sur­round­ing these com­pounds.

Afghan Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Forces who have the lead for secu­ri­ty in Kab­ul, respond­ed imme­di­ate­ly, to include Afghan Nation­al Army heli­copters pro­vid­ing air sup­port. Afghan and coali­tion forces trapped the insur­gents in the par­tial­ly-con­struct­ed, mul­ti-sto­ry build­ing they were using as a fir­ing posi­tion, and con­duct­ed a method­i­cal, floor-by-floor clear­ing oper­a­tion.

The Min­istry of the Inte­ri­or is report­ing six insur­gents killed in the oper­a­tion.

“The peo­ple of Afghanistan have cho­sen a path to the future with tran­si­tion,” said Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, ISAF’s com­man­der. “In this attack, the insur­gency suc­ceed­ed in killing Afghan civil­ians, once again demon­strat­ing their bank­rupt ide­ol­o­gy, which has been reject­ed by the Afghan peo­ple.

“Afghan secu­ri­ty forces respond­ed brave­ly, con­tained the insur­gents, and sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly elim­i­nat­ed the threat,” the gen­er­al con­tin­ued. “Once again, I was impressed by the courage, skill and fight­ing spir­it of Afghan forces. The insur­gency has again failed.”

Cur­rent reports indi­cate that 6 ISAF per­son­nel were wound­ed.

From an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Release