Commander Visits Troops in East Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2011 — Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, the com­man­der of the Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force in Afghanistan, yes­ter­day vis­it­ed with U.S. troops post­ed in the east­ern part of the coun­try, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

Allen also attend­ed infor­ma­tion brief­in­gs and checked on the readi­ness of weapons systems. 

“I am con­tin­u­al­ly remind­ed as to the supe­ri­or qual­i­ty of our ISAF per­son­nel assigned through­out Afghanistan,” Allen said. “And the men and women of ISAF are capa­ble of tak­ing on any task assigned to pro­tect the peace-lov­ing cit­i­zens of this coun­try from insur­gent threats.” 

Allen’s vis­it includ­ed a capa­bil­i­ties brief and readi­ness inspec­tion of the emplaced High Mobil­i­ty Artillery Rock­et Sys­tem, or HIMARS. The HIMARS is a light mul­ti­ple-rock­et launch­er capa­ble of long-range pre­ci­sion fire, which results in a low chance of injur­ing inno­cents who are endan­gered by ter­ror­ists oper­at­ing or liv­ing close by. HIMARS has been used to great effect in Afghanistan, he said. 

“The HIMARS is a very dis­crim­i­nat­ing and impres­sive weapon,” Allen said. “Being an all-weath­er, day or night capa­bil­i­ty allows our forces to strike at tar­gets very pre­cise­ly and with­out warn­ing, as necessary.” 

Allen con­ducts bat­tle­field cir­cu­la­tions through­out Afghanistan, vis­it­ing ISAF and Afghan forces, provin­cial gov­ern­ment lead­ers and vil­lage elders, pro­vid­ing on-the-ground aware­ness for the coali­tion commander. 

ISAF is com­prised of 49 allied and oth­er con­tribut­ing nations, with about 130,000 per­son­nel, con­duct­ing pop­u­la­tion-cen­tric coun­terin­sur­gency oper­a­tions in part­ner­ship with Afghan Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Forces and pro­vid­ing sup­port to the gov­ern­ment and inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty in secu­ri­ty sec­tor reform, includ­ing men­tor­ing, train­ing and oper­a­tional sup­port to Afghan army and police. 

In oth­er Afghanistan oper­a­tions yesterday: 

— In the Shah Wali Kot dis­trict of Kan­da­har province, a com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force detained mul­ti­ple insur­gents dur­ing a search for a Tal­iban leader respon­si­ble for plan­ning attacks against Afghan forces in the Shah Wali Kot dis­trict. Some black tar hero­in was con­fis­cat­ed dur­ing the operation. 

— A com­bined force detained two sus­pects dur­ing a search for a Tal­iban leader, also in Shah Wali Kot, who coor­di­nates road­side-bomb attacks and pro­vides guid­ance to insur­gent fighters. 

— A com­bined force detained two sus­pects while it searched for a Haqqani net­work leader in the Sabari dis­trict of Khost province. The leader directs attacks against coali­tion forces, and sup­plies weapons and equip­ment to insurgents. 

— Com­bined forces killed more than 20 insur­gents and detained three sus­pects dur­ing sev­er­al oper­a­tions in Region­al Com­mand East. 

— In the Doshi dis­trict of Bagh­lan province, a coali­tion force dis­cov­ered a weapons cache con­tain­ing three 120mm mor­tars, two 155mm artillery shells, and eight hand grenades. 

— In the Musa Qalah dis­trict of Hel­mand province, a coali­tion force con­fis­cat­ed a weapons cache con­tain­ing three rock­et-pro­pelled grenades, 10 anti-per­son­nel mines, three sticks of dyna­mite, four bags of alu­mini­um pow­der, mul­ti­ple blast­ing caps, five impro­vised explo­sive devices, three pounds of home­made explo­sives, two pen flares and five shot­gun shells. 

In Sept. 21 operations: 

— A com­bined force detained one sus­pect and seized a cache con­tain­ing 1,212 pounds of wet opi­um, 22 pounds of dry opi­um, some drug pro­cess­ing equip­ment, and a motor­cy­cle in the Mai­wand dis­trict of Kan­da­har province. A child sus­tained leg injuries dur­ing the oper­a­tion and was trans­port­ed to a med­ical facil­i­ty for care. 

— A com­bined force detained a sus­pect­ed insur­gent leader dur­ing an oper­a­tion in the San­gin dis­trict of Hel­mand province. The leader is an IED expert respon­si­ble for attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces. 

Source:
Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

Team GlobDef

Team GlobDef

Seit 2001 ist GlobalDefence.net im Internet unterwegs, um mit eigenen Analysen, interessanten Kooperationen und umfassenden Informationen für einen spannenden Überblick der Weltlage zu sorgen. GlobalDefenc.net war dabei die erste deutschsprachige Internetseite, die mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheitspolitik außerhalb von Hochschulen oder Instituten aufgetreten ist.

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →