ISAF Commander Salutes Fallen Georgian Service Members
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases
WASHINGTON, June 7, 2013 Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., International Security Assistance Force commander, today released a statement where he offered his condolences to the families and friends of the seven Georgian service members who were killed yesterday in southern Afghanistan.
"Yesterday we lost seven Georgian service members during a vehicle-borne IED attack on their base in Helmand province,” Dunford stated. “I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the fallen and those who served with them. Their memories remain in our hearts and we will never forget their service and sacrifice.
"While this is a sad moment for the Georgian people and the coalition forces, we will not be deterred from our efforts to bring stability and security to the Afghan people,” the general continued. “Georgia's support of the ISAF mission has been steadfast and tangible. While many have contributed to the security improvements in Afghanistan, Georgian soldiers have always stood out for their toughness and willingness to take on difficult missions. Georgia has more than 1,500 troops serving in Helmand province, making it the largest non-NATO contributor to ISAF. ISAF will always be grateful for Georgia's contribution and commitment.
"The enemies of Afghanistan continue to use tactics like yesterday's attack to try to slow the momentum of progress, but they will fail,” Dunford added. “ISAF and Georgia remain committed to working together with the ANSF as we continue to build on the progress made toward a brighter future for the Afghan people."
Also today, an Afghan and coalition security force arrested two extremists during a search for a Haqqani facilitator in the Pul-e ‘Alam district of Afghanistan’s Logar province.
The sought-after insurgent facilitator is responsible for procuring weapons for use by local extremist groups in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, officials said. He also has a history of participating in high-profile attacks against Afghan and coalition force installations.