ISAF Commander Condemns Suicide Attacks in Kandahar

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2012 — The com­man­der of the Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force con­demned yesterday’s ter­ror­ist attacks that report­ed­ly killed at least 12 peo­ple, includ­ing two chil­dren, and wound­ed dozens of oth­ers in Kan­da­har City, Afghanistan.

“Once again, insur­gents have need­less­ly brought tragedy and sad­ness to the fam­i­lies of those killed and injured in Tuesday’s ter­ror­ist attacks,” Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen said today. “Our prayers and con­do­lences are with the fam­i­lies and loved ones of those civil­ians and brave Afghan Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Force mem­bers killed and injured in these bru­tal attacks.”

In oper­a­tions in Afghanistan today:

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force in Kan­da­har province’s Mai­wand dis­trict cap­tured a Tal­iban leader and detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents. The leader coor­di­nat­ed attacks against coali­tion forces and moved explo­sives, heavy weapon­ry and rock­ets through­out the dis­trict.

— A com­bined secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Tal­iban leader and detained mul­ti­ple sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Bagh­lan province’s Baghlan‑e Jadid dis­trict. The leader direct­ed a group of insur­gent fight­ers to con­struct and place road­side bombs through­out the dis­trict. The force also con­fis­cat­ed numer­ous weapons and bomb-mak­ing mate­r­i­al.

— In Khost province’s Sabari dis­trict, a com­bined force detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents while search­ing for a Haqqani net­work leader who pro­cures weapons and coor­di­nates attacks through­out the region.

In oper­a­tions yes­ter­day:

— A com­bined force in Hel­mand province’s Musa Qal’ah dis­trict dis­cov­ered and destroyed a home­made bomb-mak­ing facil­i­ty that con­tained about 250 pounds of ammo­ni­um nitrate, 220 feet of det­o­na­tion cord, 36 main charges, 21 pres­sure plates and 45 pow­er sources.

— A com­bined force in Kan­da­har province’s Pan­jwa’i dis­trict found and destroyed 2,420 pounds of mar­i­jua­na.

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force and ISAF Joint Com­mand News Releas­es

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