Afghan, Coalition Force Kills Terrorists

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2011 — A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force killed sev­er­al insur­gents, includ­ing a senior Haqqani leader, dur­ing a night­time secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in the Zur­mat dis­trict of Pak­tiya province yes­ter­day, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.
The deceased leader, Yasin, was the pre­em­i­nent source of road­side bomb attacks in the Zur­mat and Gardez dis­tricts. He was a bomb expert who con­struct­ed and facil­i­tat­ed explo­sive weapon sys­tems through­out the province, tar­get­ing Afghan and coali­tion forces.

The Afghan-led secu­ri­ty force found them­selves under attack by sev­er­al armed insur­gents short­ly after arriv­ing at the tar­get­ed com­pounds. After receiv­ing extend­ed heavy fire, the secu­ri­ty force respond­ed by killing sev­er­al insur­gents, includ­ing Yasin.

After the engage­ment, the force dis­cov­ered and destroyed a rock­et-pro­pelled grenade launch­er with three war­heads, sev­er­al grenades, a machine­gun, mul­ti­ple AK-47 rifles and numer­ous rounds of ammu­ni­tion.

The force also detained sev­er­al sus­pects.

In oth­er oper­a­tions in Afghanistan yes­ter­day:

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force detained sev­er­al sus­pects dur­ing an overnight secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion at a Tal­iban leader’s sus­pect­ed com­pound in the Archi dis­trict of Kun­duz province. The tar­get is a leader with the Kun­duz attack net­work and is respon­si­ble for plan­ning and con­duct­ing sui­cide attacks against Afghan gov­ern­ment offi­cials with­in the dis­trict.

— The ISAF con­firmed the cap­ture of a Tal­iban leader dur­ing a June 14 secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in the Archi dis­trict of Kun­duz province. The leader was the Tal­iban-appoint­ed gov­ern­ing offi­cial for the dis­trict.

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force in Kan­da­har province cap­tured a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor and more than five asso­ciates dur­ing a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in the Arghandab dis­trict. The facil­i­ta­tor was respon­si­ble for the move­ment of lethal mate­ri­als for oth­er Tal­iban net­works.

— In Hel­mand province, a com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force cap­tured a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor and an asso­ciate dur­ing a night­time secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in the Nahr-e Saraj dis­trict. The facil­i­ta­tor was a key trans­fer agent, smug­gling mate­ri­als and resources from Iran for senior Tal­iban lead­ers in Hel­mand.

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force cap­tured a Tal­iban leader dur­ing a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in the Qalat dis­trict of Zab­ul province. The leader was respon­si­ble for kid­nap­ping and assas­si­nat­ing local Afghan civil­ians.

— The ISAF con­firmed the cap­ture of a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor dur­ing a June 14 secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in the Tar­nak wa Jal­dak dis­trict of Zab­ul province. The facil­i­ta­tor assist­ed in the trans­fer of Uzbeks and Far­si-speak­ing for­eign fight­ers from Pak­istan into Afghanistan to fight for the Tal­iban.

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force killed two insur­gents and detained anoth­er dur­ing an overnight oper­a­tion in the Mota Khan dis­trict of Pak­ti­ka province. The tar­get of the oper­a­tion was a Haqqani leader who con­ducts, coor­di­nates and directs road­side bomb attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces. The secu­ri­ty force pro­vid­ed med­ical aid for a wound­ed insur­gent and trans­port­ed him to a med­ical facil­i­ty. Addi­tion­al­ly, they found mul­ti­ple grenades, AK-47 rifles and chest racks.

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force in Khost province cap­tured a Haqqani net­work leader and a net­work facil­i­ta­tor dur­ing sep­a­rate secu­ri­ty search­es in the Sabari dis­trict. The leader direct­ed 20 fight­ers who car­ried out Haqqani oper­a­tions in the dis­trict and was active­ly involved in build­ing road­side bombs.

— Also in Sabari, a com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Haqqani net­work facil­i­ta­tor and detained sev­er­al asso­ciates dur­ing a night­time secu­ri­ty search. The facil­i­ta­tor pur­chased, sold and trans­port­ed weapons and ammu­ni­tion in sup­port of Haqqani oper­a­tions.

— In War­dak province, a com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force detained two indi­vid­u­als for ques­tion­ing dur­ing an overnight secu­ri­ty search in the Chak-e War­dak dis­trict. The tar­get­ed leader is respon­si­ble for finan­cial and logis­ti­cal sup­port to insur­gents with­in the Onkhai Val­ley area.

— The ISAF con­firmed the cap­ture of a Haqqani facil­i­ta­tor dur­ing a June 10 secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in the Sabari dis­trict of Khost province. The facil­i­ta­tor was respon­si­ble for the pur­chase and sale of weapons and sup­plies to Haqqani insur­gents in the dis­trict. He also pre­pared home­made bombs for attacks against the Afghan Nation­al Army.

— Com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty forces dis­cov­ered two caches in dif­fer­ent dis­tricts of Farah province. In Farah dis­trict, a com­bined force patrol dis­cov­ered a weapons cache con­sist­ing of nine mines, two 122 mm rock­ets and one 107 mm rock­et. A sep­a­rate Afghan and coali­tion-force patrol oper­at­ing in Bak­wa dis­trict dis­cov­ered a drug cache con­sist­ing of 441 pounds of opi­um. All the drugs and weapons will be destroyed.

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force dis­cov­ered a drug cache in the Mai­wand dis­trict of Kan­da­har province. The cache con­sist­ed of 3,307 pounds of hashish, 661 pounds of mar­i­jua­na and 146 pounds of opi­um.

— In the Zharay dis­trict of Kan­da­har province, a com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force dis­cov­ered a drugs cache con­sist­ing of 220 pounds of hashish.

— A coali­tion force patrol con­duct­ing a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in the San­gin dis­trict of Hel­mand province dis­cov­ered a weapons cache con­tain­ing four 82 mm mor­tar rounds, one rock­et-pro­pelled grenade and sev­er­al impro­vised explo­sive device com­po­nents.

— In the Sabari dis­trict of Khost province, a coali­tion force dis­cov­ered a weapons cache con­sist­ing of five anti-per­son­nel mines, five rock­et-pro­pelled grenades, one 82 mm mor­tar round, 400 12.7 mm rounds and sev­er­al IED com­po­nents. All the weapons were safe­ly destroyed by the secu­ri­ty forces.

Source:
Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releas­es

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