Written by Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs Office
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and International Security Assistance Forces concluded clearing operations November 17th in the eastern Pech River Valley, Kunar Province.
The combined security force had moved into the Watapur Valley to search for militants and weapons caches November 14th.
Reports indicate that as many as 49 insurgents may have been killed during the security sweep of the area.
As the combined ANSF and ISAF force conducted clearing operations, they discovered weapons caches containing several mortar systems with rounds, 15 recoilless rifle rounds, more than a dozen rocket-propelled grenades, 20 anti-aircraft rounds, four fragmentary grenades, 400 rounds of AK-47 ammunition, 1,200 PKM rounds and improvised explosive components.
The combined force took deliberate steps to avoid injuring innocent civilians during the operation.
“Operation Bulldog Bite has degraded the insurgents’ ability to terrorize the people of the Pech Valley,” said U.S. Army Maj. Mary Constantino, Task Force Bastogne spokesperson. “The safety and security provided by the operations such as this provide the Afghan people of the region the opportunity to live in peace with their families.”