KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Afghan National Security Forces partnered with Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, to conduct operations in the greater Sarkani District of Kunar Province beginning Dec. 10, to rid the area of insurgents.

The early morning operation, Operation Eagle Claw II, began with an insertion of the combined security force into the mountains near the villages of Ganjgal, Dam Darye, Tsaporay and Bargay.

The region, located along the Pakistan border, is a known transit route for foreign fighters coming into Kunar from Pakistan.

"We, together with our ANSF and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan partners, have helped to thwart the further influence of the insurgency and have helped to secure the people from the continued threat of terror from the insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley and Sarkani district," said Lt. Col. J.B. Vowell, commander of 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st BCT. "Operations like this help make the region a safer place for those who live here."

Eleven insurgents were killed during the operation.

"We are proactively clearing this area which, in the future, will enhance coalition and Afghan National Security Forces' ability to operate freely within the undeveloped region so we can focus on a more independent governance," said Afghan Maj. Shirinagha, public affairs officer for 2nd Afghan Infantry Brigade, 201st Corps, Afghan National Army."Clearing this terrain also helps to establish essential conditions for more enduring security in the immediate area and beyond."

Operations in the area are ongoing.