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Afghanistan: IJC Comments on Civil Unrest Near Garmsir

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ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan

20010-01-CA-043

For Immediate Release

KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 12) - The ISAF Joint Command (IJC) is aware of protests that took place earlier today in Garmsir District. Protestors gathered over an allegation of desecration to the holy Koran.

"While denying these allegations, we take them very seriously and support a combined investigation with local Afghan authorities," said Major Gen. Michael Regner, IJC deputy chief of staff for operations. "ISAF is an international force that includes Muslim soldiers, and we deplore such an action under any circumstances."

This allegation comes in reference to an operation against the Taliban in Garmsir district. On Sunday, January 10 Afghan forces conducted the operation, supported by coalition forces. No shots were fired, no property was damaged and no one was detained. The joint force protected the dignity of all innocent civilians during the operation.

During today's protest an insurgent sniper shot an Afghan official who was within FOB Delhi in Garmsir District. ISAF service members identified the insurgent sniper, shot and killed him. There were no other injuries or shots fired.

"As partners with the Afghan people, we will thoroughly investigate allegations to determine the facts," Regner said. "IJC remains committed to our Afghan partners and we will continue our efforts in support of a free and prosperous Afghanistan."

Local ISAF task force leadership in Garmsir have been invited to participate with the District Governor and Chief of Police in a shura tomorrow.

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