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    Afghan national security forces, International Security Assistance Force repel insurgent attack in Eastern Afghanistan



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    International Security Assistance Force HQ Public Affairs

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Two joint International Security Assistance Force and Afghan national security forces outposts were attacked in the Nuristan province of eastern Afghanistan Saturday morning.

    Nuristani tribal militia launched the attacks from a local mosque and nearby village.

    Coalition forces effectively repelled the attack and inflicted heavy enemy casualties while eight ISAF and two ANSF service members were killed.

    "My heart goes out to the families of those we have lost and to their fellow Soldiers who remained to finish this fight," said Col. Randy George, commander of Task Force Mountain Warrior. "This was a complex attack in a difficult area. Both the U.S. and Afghan Soldiers fought bravely together; I am extremely proud of their professionalism and bravery."

    Names will be withheld pending next of kin notification.

    Coalition forces' previously announced plans to depart the area as part of a broader realignment to protect larger population centers remain unchanged.

    The sources of the conflict in the area involve complex tribal, religious and economic dynamics. Coalition forces will continue to assist in matching local resources with ANSF to bolster security and partner with local communities on development assistance if requested.



    Date Taken: 10.04.2009
    Date Posted: 10.04.2009 01:08
    Story ID: 39638
    Location: KABUL, AF 

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