BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – Afghan National Commandos from 1st Company, 201st Kandak and members of the Afghan National Police, advised by Coalition forces, conducted a deliberate operation today eliminating several insurgents in Nuristan Province.
The Afghan National Security Forces, along with Coalition forces, conducted a cordon-and-search in Kendal and Shok villages in an effort to clear the area of insurgents when several groups of enemy fighters engaged friendly forces from several compounds and multiple fighting positions around and within the villages.
The combined force repelled the attack with accurate small-arms fire and crew-served weapons. During the long battle, the insurgents reinforced their positions in several compounds with large groups of fighters.
As the enemy reinforced their positions with additional fighters, the ground force commander called in close air support on the reinforced defensive positions. These compounds contained large numbers of heavily-armed insurgents who engaged the combined force with a heavy volume of machine gun fire.
After neutralizing the threat, the combined force detained numerous insurgents, secured several compounds, and discovered fully-loaded weapons and stores of ammunition.
There are no reports of civilian casualties at this time.
Following a thorough search of the objective areas, the combined ANSF and Coalition forces deliberately withdrew from the area with the detained personnel under the control of the Afghan National Police participating on the mission.
Kendal and Shok villages have long been identified as insurgent strongholds. Villagers in the area have lived in fear of insurgents supporting the Hizb-e-Islami-Gulbuddin (HIG) terrorist organization. This operation will significantly reduce their ability to conduct future operations in the area.