Afghan, Coalition Force Kills, Captures Insurgents

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 16, 2011 — A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force killed two armed insur­gents and detained sev­er­al sus­pects dur­ing a night­time secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in the Mota Khan dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Pak­ti­ka province yes­ter­day, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The Afghan-led secu­ri­ty force encoun­tered the armed insur­gents while search­ing for a Haqqani ter­ror­ist net­work facil­i­ta­tor. The facil­i­ta­tor is a road­side and car bomb expert who con­ducts, coor­di­nates and directs attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces with­in the district. 

After arriv­ing at the sus­pect­ed loca­tion, the force noticed sev­er­al armed indi­vid­u­als flee­ing the area. The sus­pect­ed insur­gents fired on the secu­ri­ty force as they were pursued. 

The secu­ri­ty force opened fire, killing two insur­gents. One of the indi­vid­u­als was wear­ing a sui­cide vest and had mul­ti­ple grenades, assault rifles and chest racks. 

The force also seized sev­er­al home­made explo­sives, blast­ing caps and det­o­na­tion cord. 

In oth­er oper­a­tions in Afghanistan yesterday: 

— Based on intel­li­gence reports, an Afghan-led force in Jowz­jan province’s Qush Tepah dis­trict cap­tured a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor while search­ing for an insur­gent leader who is the Tal­iban-appoint­ed gov­ern­ing offi­cial for oper­a­tions in the province and con­ducts attacks on Afghan forces. The force detained two indi­vid­u­als with sus­pect­ed ties to Tal­iban activity. 

— A com­bined force in Kan­da­har province’s Kan­da­har City cap­tured a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor who acquired road­side bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als for con­struc­tion and dis­tri­b­u­tion through­out Kan­da­har City. 

— A com­bined force detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed Tal­iban insur­gents in Kan­da­har province’s Zharay dis­trict while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader who directs insur­gents respon­si­ble for attacks on Nakhonay Vil­lage. He also oper­ates in Salawat and Zalakhan in Kan­da­har province’s Pan­jwa’i district. 

— Based on intel­li­gence tips, a com­bined force detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents while search­ing for two Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tors in Hel­mand province’s Mar­jah dis­trict. The facil­i­ta­tors are respon­si­ble for pur­chas­ing road­side bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als and using their shop as a bed-down facil­i­ty for Tal­iban insurgents.

— In Zab­ul province’s Tarnek wa Jaldek dis­trict, a coali­tion force observed sev­er­al armed insur­gents plant­i­ng a road­side bomb. After gain­ing pos­i­tive iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, an air weapons team engaged the posi­tion, killing five insurgents. 

— A com­bined force in Log­ar province’s Charkh dis­trict detained sev­er­al indi­vid­u­als with sus­pect­ed ties to the Haqqani ter­ror­ist net­work while search­ing for a Haqqani facil­i­ta­tor respon­si­ble for con­duct­ing attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces, and coor­di­nat­ing fight­er and weapons move­ments in the district. 

— In the Nan­garhar province’s Sherzad dis­trict, a com­bined force cap­tured sev­er­al indi­vid­u­als with sus­pect­ed ties to insur­gent activ­i­ty while search­ing for a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor who sup­ports a road­side bomb cell that tar­gets Afghan gov­ern­ment offi­cials in Khugyani district’s Mem­la Vil­lage. In addi­tion, the force destroyed 80 pounds of opium. 

— In Khost province’s Sabari dis­trict, an Afghan-led force cap­tured a Haqqani net­work leader and two of his asso­ciates. The leader tar­gets Afghan forces with road­side bombs and direct attacks, and also pur­chased weapons and equip­ment for oth­er insurgents. 

— A com­bined force in Nan­garhar province’s His­arak dis­trict found 47 20 mm rounds, 41 12.7 mm rounds, 17 fus­es and 119 pounds of hashish. 

From an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Release 

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