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PublishDate: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 09:54

NATO carries out over 1,400 operations in 3 months, Afghanistan

NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have carried out more than 1,400 military operations against insurgents over the past three months in Afghanistan, an ISAF spokesperson said on Monday.

"We will continue to support capacity and capability development of the Afghan National Security Forces and transition process through 2014. In fact, our pace is higher than usual. In the last 90 days, ISAF has conducted more than 1,400 operations, captured or killed more than 500 insurgent senior leaders, and captured or killed more than 2,700 lower-level insurgents," Brigadier General Chris T. Whitecross told reporters in a joint press conference with Chris Chambers, NATO Senior Civilian Representative Spokesman.

Commenting on Taliban attacks on government targets in Kandahar city on Saturday and Sunday which left 22 people including 11 insurgents and seven suicide bombers dead, she said that ISAF expected insurgent attacks after "the insurgents have suffered a setback by losing several key areas in their southern heartland including Kandahar."

In the wake of killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden on May 2, Whitecross said: "The death of Osama bin Laden does not mark the end of our efforts."

"Our reason for being in Afghanistan is clear and our strategy will not change," said Chris Chambers.

"NATO allies and partners will continue the mission to ensure that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for extremists but develops in peace and security," Xinhua quoted he as stressing.

Taliban insurgents announced in late April to launch annual spring offensive against Afghan and international forces.

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