Combined Forces Conclude Response to Kabul Attack

From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Release

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2011 - Afghan National Security Forces, supported by coalition forces, successfully concluded an operation early today against a small group of insurgents who'd earlier attacked several locations in Kabul city, military officials reported.

Insurgents yesterday attacked the International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan headquarters and the U.S. Embassy in Kabul with small-arms fire from outside the secure zone surrounding these compounds.

Afghan National Security Forces who have the lead for security in Kabul, responded immediately, to include Afghan National Army helicopters providing air support. Afghan and coalition forces trapped the insurgents in the partially-constructed, multi-story building they were using as a firing position, and conducted a methodical, floor-by-floor clearing operation.

The Ministry of the Interior is reporting six insurgents killed in the operation.

"The people of Afghanistan have chosen a path to the future with transition," said Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, ISAF's commander. "In this attack, the insurgency succeeded in killing Afghan civilians, once again demonstrating their bankrupt ideology, which has been rejected by the Afghan people.

"Afghan security forces responded bravely, contained the insurgents, and systematically eliminated the threat," the general continued. "Once again, I was impressed by the courage, skill and fighting spirit of Afghan forces. The insurgency has again failed."

Current reports indicate that 6 ISAF personnel were wounded.

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