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ISAF Helicopter Takes Fire, Makes Landing

Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2011 – An International Security Assistance Force CH-47 Chinook helicopter made a precautionary landing after receiving small-arms fire in southern Afghanistan today, military officials reported.

The helicopter was on a medical evacuation mission at the time and had one patient on board. Shortly after the landing, another ISAF helicopter arrived on the scene and transported the patient, passengers and aircrew to a nearby ISAF facility without further incident.

The landing site has been secured and efforts are under way to recover the aircraft.

In other Afghanistan operations today:

-- A combined Afghan and coalition force detained a Taliban facilitator and two suspects, and confiscated weapons in the Faizabad district of Jowzjan province. The facilitator planned and conducted attacks against Afghan forces and distributed weapons to insurgent fighters. A rocket-propelled grenade launcher and some grenades were confiscated.

-- A combined force detained a Taliban leader and several suspects in the Archi district of Kunduz province. The Taliban leader plans and conducts attacks against Afghan forces.

-- In the Sabari district of Khost province, a combined force detained several suspects while searching for a Haqqani network leader. The insurgent leader plans attacks against Afghan forces.

In Afghanistan operations yesterday:

-- In the Zharay district of Kandahar province, a combined force seized 84 pounds of homemade explosives, five pressure plates and six 60 mm mortar rounds.

In Sept. 28 Afghanistan operations:

-- A combined patrol killed an insurgent leader and seized weapons in the Mahmud-e Raqi district of Kapisa province. The insurgent leader distributes improvised explosive devices used in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. The patrol seized one high-explosive grenade, one assault rifle, four rocket-propelled grenades, two anti-personnel mines and some small arms.

-- A combined patrol detained several suspects and seized 1,764 pounds of dry opium in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province.

-- In the Baghran district of Helmand province, a combined patrol seized 1,424 gallons of morphine solution, 6,085 pounds of sodium carbonate, 4,762 pounds of ammonium chloride, three drug presses and 75 55-gallon barrels, a tractor and three motorcycles.

-- A combined patrol in the Pul-E Lam district of Logar province confiscated five rocket-propelled grenade rounds, nine recoilless-rifle rounds, 92 mortar charges, 126 fuses and some small-arms ammunition.

 

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