NATO Helicopters Didn’t Fly into Pakistan

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, 2010 — NATO’S Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force in Afghanistan con­firmed through oper­a­tional report­ing and the U.S. Embassy in Pak­istan that no ISAF air­craft crossed the bor­der into Pak­istan today and that there have been no reports of injuries, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.
ISAF is aware of a claim by China’s Xin­hua News Agency that two NATO heli­copters crossed into Pakistan’s air space today.

ISAF offi­cials said they were not con­tact­ed for com­ment pri­or to the pub­li­ca­tion of the Xin­hua arti­cle.

In oth­er new today, three Afghan civil­ians were killed and one seri­ous­ly wound­ed in two sep­a­rate impro­vised explo­sive device blasts in Kan­da­har province.

In Zharay dis­trict, Afghan civil­ians struck an IED, which result­ed in three young Afghans killed, report­ed­ly 10, 15 and 20 years old. An Afghan Nation­al Army and Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force patrol respond­ed to the scene of the blast to inves­ti­gate the inci­dent.

In Kan­da­har dis­trict a pri­vate vehi­cle struck an IED which result­ed in one Afghan civil­ian seri­ous­ly injured. The wound­ed was evac­u­at­ed to an ISAF med­ical treat­ment facil­i­ty in Kan­da­har.

“This is a ter­ri­ble tragedy and demon­strates the indis­crim­i­nate killing of civil­ians from IEDs plant­ed by insur­gents. ISAF con­demns these acts of ter­ror,” said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Tor­res, ISAF Joint Command’s Com­bined Joint Oper­a­tions Cen­ter direc­tor. “Our thoughts and con­cerns are with the victim’s fam­i­lies. We’ll work with our Afghan part­ners to find those respon­si­ble for these attacks and bring them to jus­tice.”

In yesterday’s oper­a­tions:

— Afghan and coali­tion forces cap­tured a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor dur­ing a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in Pak­ti­ka province. The facil­i­ta­tor oper­at­ed main­ly in Yosef Khel dis­trict con­duct­ing sur­veil­lance of Afghan and coali­tion patrols for Tal­iban cells in the area. Based on tips, the secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a com­pound north­east of Yahya Khel. Afghan forces used a loud­speak­er to call for all occu­pants to exit the build­ings peace­ful­ly before the joint secu­ri­ty force cleared and secured the com­pound. After ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force detained the sus­pect­ed insur­gent.

— Afghan and coali­tion forces detained more than 10 sus­pect­ed insur­gents. A joint secu­ri­ty force in Pak­tiya province detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents while tar­get­ing a Haqqani Net­work facil­i­ta­tor oper­at­ing in the Khost-Gardez pass. Tips led the secu­ri­ty force to a com­pound south­west of Hoku­mati Waze in Zad­ran dis­trict to search for the facil­i­ta­tor, who moves mate­ri­als and oper­a­tional infor­ma­tion in and out of the Khost-Gardez pass. Afghan forces used a loud­speak­er to call for all occu­pants to exit the build­ings peace­ful­ly before the joint secu­ri­ty force cleared and secured the com­pound. After ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force detained the sus­pect­ed insur­gents. The assault force also dis­cov­ered sev­er­al auto­mat­ic weapons and a large quan­ti­ty of sniper and auto­mat­ic weapon ammu­ni­tion at the scene.

— A com­bined secu­ri­ty force detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents dur­ing a search for a Haqqani leader in Sabari dis­trict, Khost province. The tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual con­ducts remote-con­trolled IED attacks against coali­tion force bases and con­voys. The sus­pect­ed insur­gents were detained after ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene. An Afghan-led secu­ri­ty force detained numer­ous sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Kun­duz province dur­ing a delib­er­ate clear­ing oper­a­tion aimed at dis­rupt­ing the Taliban’s free­dom of move­ment in Kun­duz dis­trict. The Afghan secu­ri­ty force, men­tored by coali­tion forces, con­duct­ed the clear­ing oper­a­tion to degrade the insur­gent com­mand net­works, deny insur­gent safe havens and min­i­mize the for­eign fight­er capa­bil­i­ty in the dis­trict.

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

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