ISAF Helicopter Crew Survives Crash

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2012 — An Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force heli­copter crew sur­vived after their air­craft crashed in east­ern Afghanistan today, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The crew mem­bers have been safe­ly recov­ered and moved to a near­by base, offi­cials said. The site has been secured and ini­tial reports indi­cate there was no ene­my activ­i­ty in the area.

ISAF is assess­ing the cir­cum­stances to deter­mine the cause of the crash.

In oth­er Afghanistan news today, a com­bined force cap­tured a Haqqani net­work leader, detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents and seized assault rifles and a grenade in the Khost dis­trict of Khost province. The insur­gent leader direct­ed vehi­cle- and sui­cide-bomb attacks and dis­trib­uted weapons and mon­ey to insur­gents in Khost City.

In Afghanistan oper­a­tions yes­ter­day:

— An Afghan-led and coali­tion-sup­port­ed force seized a large num­ber of bomb-mak­ing com­po­nents and small arms in the Lashkar dis­trict of Hel­mand province.

In Feb. 3 oper­a­tions:

— In the Kar­jan dis­trict of Uruz­gan province, a com­bined force killed sev­er­al insur­gents, detained sev­er­al sus­pects and con­fis­cat­ed bomb-mak­ing com­po­nents while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader.

In Feb. 2 oper­a­tions:

— In the Tarin Kot dis­trict of Uruz­gan province, an Afghan-led and coali­tion-sup­port­ed force killed an insur­gent, detained sev­er­al sus­pects and seized weapons while search­ing for a Tal­iban com­man­der linked to the move­ment of bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als and tar­get­ing Afghan and coali­tion forces.

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releas­es