Afghan, Coalition Forces Capture, Kill Insurgents

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2010 — Afghan and coali­tion forces detained sev­er­al Tal­iban insur­gents in Kan­da­har province yes­ter­day, includ­ing a Tal­iban com­man­der who car­ried out attacks against Afghan gov­ern­ment offi­cials and coali­tion forces in Kan­da­har City, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

Based on intel­li­gence tips, the secu­ri­ty forces tar­get­ed a com­pound in Arghandab dis­trict to search for the com­man­der. Afghan and coali­tion forces used a loud­speak­er to call for all occu­pants to exit the com­pound peace­ful­ly and then secured the area.

After ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force iden­ti­fied and detained the com­man­der along with sev­er­al of his asso­ciates.

Dur­ing this oper­a­tion — as in all oth­ers — Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty forces made it a pri­or­i­ty to pro­tect women and chil­dren.

In oth­er Afghanistan news yes­ter­day:

— Afghan and coali­tion forces killed Azizul­lah, a Tal­iban sub­com­man­der who oper­at­ed main­ly in Log­ar province, dur­ing an overnight oper­a­tion in Pak­ti­ka province. Azizul­lah was con­nect­ed to the July kid­nap­ping and deaths of two US sailors. Addi­tion­al­ly, a Tal­iban impro­vised explo­sive device man­u­fac­tur­er was among sev­er­al insur­gents detained dur­ing the oper­a­tion. Intel­li­gence report­ing led the secu­ri­ty force to a remote com­pound in Sha­ran dis­trict to search for the com­man­der. As the secu­ri­ty force approached, sev­er­al indi­vid­u­als ran from the com­pound. The secu­ri­ty force tracked and peace­ful­ly detained them. Addi­tion­al­ly, the assault force killed an insur­gent hid­ing in a ditch after he threat­ened the secu­ri­ty force. The secu­ri­ty force lat­er iden­ti­fied him as Azizul­lah. After the area was secure, Afghan forces used a loud­speak­er to call for all occu­pants to exit the com­pound peace­ful­ly and then the com­bined force secured the area. After ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force detained sev­er­al more insur­gents. The secu­ri­ty force also found mul­ti­ple Tal­iban pro­pa­gan­da videos at the scene.

— Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty forces detained sev­er­al insur­gents in Hel­mand province, includ­ing a Tal­iban com­man­der oper­at­ing in Nawah-ye Barakzai dis­trict. The com­man­der ter­ror­ized the local pop­u­la­tion by con­duct­ing impro­vised explo­sives device attacks and kid­nap­ping Afghan civil­ians. Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty forces have degrad­ed the Nawah Tal­iban net­work through sev­er­al recent oper­a­tions result­ing in the cap­ture of sev­er­al high-lev­el com­man­ders with­in the net­work. The tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual was being con­sid­ered to replace the for­mer Nawah-ye Barakzai dis­trict com­man­der, who was detained by an Afghan-led force in August. Based on intel­li­gence tips, the secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a remote series of com­pounds in Mar­jah dis­trict to search for the com­man­der. As the secu­ri­ty force approached one of the tar­get­ed com­pounds, sev­er­al insur­gents ran from the com­pound. The secu­ri­ty force pur­sued and detained them peace­ful­ly. Once the area was secured, Afghan forces used a loud­speak­er to call for all occu­pants to exit the build­ings peace­ful­ly and then the joint secu­ri­ty force cleared and secured the com­pound. After con­duct­ing ini­tial ques­tion­ing with the res­i­dents at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force detained addi­tion­al insur­gents.

— Afghan and coali­tion forces detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed Tal­iban insur­gents in Badghis province, includ­ing a Tal­iban sub-com­man­der oper­at­ing in Qal’ah-ye Now dis­trict, who is respon­si­ble for attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces. Based on intel­li­gence infor­ma­tion, the secu­ri­ty force inter­dict­ed sev­er­al vehi­cles in Qadis dis­trict to search for the Tal­iban com­man­der. They secured the area and sub­se­quent­ly searched an asso­ci­at­ed tent. After ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force detained the com­man­der and five of his asso­ciates.

— Afghan and coali­tion forces detained two sus­pect­ed Tal­iban insur­gents in Log­ar province while in pur­suit of a Tal­iban com­man­der respon­si­ble for attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces, includ­ing indi­rect fire attacks against For­ward Oper­at­ing Base Shank. Intel­li­gence reports led the secu­ri­ty force to a com­pound in the vil­lage of Khan­shirin in Charkh dis­trict to search for the com­man­der.

Afghan and coali­tion forces used a loud­speak­er to call for all occu­pants to exit the com­pound peace­ful­ly and then secured the area. After ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force detained the sus­pect­ed insur­gents.

— Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Forces con­firmed one Afghan civil­ian was killed by an ISAF ser­vice­mem­ber in the Ali Sheng dis­trict of Lagh­man province. An inves­ti­ga­tion is ongo­ing into the cir­cum­stances of the man’s death. “We take alle­ga­tions of civil­ian casu­al­ties very seri­ous­ly and we will con­duct a thor­ough inves­ti­ga­tion of this iso­lat­ed inci­dent,” said Maj. Patrick Seiber, Com­bined Joint Task Force-101 and Region­al Com­mand-East spokesman. “We make every effort to ensure the pro­tec­tion of Afghan civil­ians and will take the steps nec­es­sary to pre­vent an inci­dent like this from hap­pen­ing again in the future.”

In Sept. 25 Afghanistan news:

— Coali­tion forces con­duct­ed a pre­ci­sion air strike in Kunar province tar­get­ing an al-Qai­da senior com­man­der who coor­di­nates the attacks of a group of Arab fight­ers in Kunar and Nuris­tan province. The al-Qai­da facil­i­ta­tors and extrem­ists he works with through­out the Mid­dle East direct­ly threat­en the safe­ty and secu­ri­ty of Afghan gov­ern­ment offi­cials and civil­ians. He rou­tine­ly facil­i­tates the trav­el of for­eign fight­ers into the region. The commander’s old­er broth­er was killed in a coali­tion force pre­ci­sion strike in March 2009. The broth­ers worked in tan­dem for sev­er­al years facil­i­tat­ing for the al-Qai­da net­work. “These oper­a­tions pre­vent vio­lent extrem­ists from being able to threat­en Afghan sov­er­eign­ty or main­tain safe havens from which they can threat­en the secu­ri­ty of peo­ple around the world,” said U.S. Air Force Col. James Dawkins, ISAF Joint Com­mand Com­bined Joint Oper­a­tions Cen­ter direc­tor. “We delib­er­ate­ly tar­get­ed a major threat last night, which will sig­nif­i­cant­ly degrade the al-Qai­da activ­i­ties through­out the region.” Based on intel­li­gence sources, coali­tion forces tracked the com­man­der to a remote com­pound in Darah-ye Pech dis­trict. After ver­i­fy­ing his loca­tion and care­ful plan­ning to help reduce the col­lat­er­al dam­age, coali­tion forces con­duct­ed a pre­ci­sion air strike on the tar­get­ed com­pound, which was sub­se­quent­ly destroyed. The ISAF is still gath­er­ing infor­ma­tion to assess the results of the strike. “Just like we do with all of our pre­ci­sion air strikes, we bal­anced the pos­si­ble risks posed by pre­ci­sion air strikes with the dan­gers posed by the tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual. In this instance we decid­ed we could not let this oppor­tu­ni­ty pass us by,” Dawkins said. “Care­ful plan­ning, de-con­flic­tion with Afghan author­i­ties and intel­li­gence gath­er­ing helped ensure col­lat­er­al dam­age was kept to a min­i­mum.”

— Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty forces detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Hel­mand province Sat­ur­day while in pur­suit of a dual-hat­ted Tal­iban civ­il and mil­i­tary com­man­der for Lashkar Gah and Nahr‑e Saraj dis­tricts. The recent­ly appoint­ed com­man­der was forced to take over the role of mil­i­tary com­man­der after his pre­de­ces­sor was cap­tured ear­li­er this month. Intel­li­gence reports led the secu­ri­ty force to a com­pound in the vil­lage of Moham­mad Jan Kalay in Nahr‑e Saraj dis­trict to search for the com­man­der. As the secu­ri­ty force approached the tar­get­ed com­pound, sev­er­al indi­vid­u­als ran from the com­pound. The secu­ri­ty force pur­sued and detained them peace­ful­ly. At the tar­get­ed com­pound, Afghan forces used a loud­speak­er to call for all occu­pants to exit the build­ings peace­ful­ly and then the joint secu­ri­ty force cleared and secured the area. After ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force detained addi­tion­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents.

— Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty forces detained two insur­gents and killed four in Takhar province while in pur­suit of a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor involved in attack plan­ning. The facil­i­ta­tor is asso­ci­at­ed with sev­er­al Al Qae­da, Islam­ic Move­ment of Uzbek­istan and Tal­iban lead­ers oper­at­ing in Bagh­lan province. Based on intel­li­gence tips, the secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a com­pound in the vil­lage of Marzek in Ishkamish dis­trict to search for the facil­i­ta­tor. As the secu­ri­ty force approached the tar­get­ed com­pound, insur­gents imme­di­ate­ly threat­ened the secu­ri­ty force from sev­er­al areas out­side the tar­get­ed com­pound. The secu­ri­ty force engaged from the ground and from coali­tion force air­craft, killing four insur­gents. After the area was secure, Afghan forces used a loud­speak­er to call for all occu­pants to exit the build­ings peace­ful­ly and then the joint secu­ri­ty force cleared and secured the com­pound. After ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force detained two insur­gents. Also, the secu­ri­ty force dis­cov­ered a weapons cache inside a build­ing with auto­mat­ic weapons, pis­tols, 50 mor­tar fus­es, nine impro­vised explo­sive devices, an anti-tank mine and a remote det­o­na­tor. The secu­ri­ty force destroyed the weapons cache in place after they were unable to defuse the anti-tank mine.

— Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty forces detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Zab­ul province while in pur­suit of a mid-lev­el Tal­iban com­man­der oper­at­ing in Tarnek wa Jal­dak dis­trict. The com­man­der coor­di­nates and par­tic­i­pates in attacks against Afghan gov­ern­ment offi­cials. Based on intel­li­gence tips, the secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a com­pound in the vil­lage of Ramazi Kalay in Tarnek wa Kalay dis­trict to search for the com­man­der. Afghan forces used a loud­speak­er to call for all occu­pants to exit the build­ings peace­ful­ly and then the joint secu­ri­ty force cleared and secured the com­pound. After ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force detained three sus­pect­ed insur­gents.

— Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty forces detained sev­er­al insur­gents in Pak­ti­ka province, includ­ing a Tal­iban sub­com­man­der involved in impro­vised explo­sive device attacks in Mata Khan dis­trict. The com­man­der is the sixth chief­tain in the Mata Khan Tal­iban net­work cap­tured in the last two months. Intel­li­gence tips led the secu­ri­ty force to a com­pound south of the vil­lage of Row­ston Kheyl in Sha­ran dis­trict to search for the com­man­der. Afghan forces used a loud­speak­er to call for all occu­pants to exit the build­ings peace­ful­ly and then the joint secu­ri­ty force cleared and secured the com­pound. After ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force iden­ti­fied and detained the com­man­der along with sev­er­al of his asso­ciates.

— Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty forces detained sev­er­al insur­gents in Khost province, includ­ing a Haqqani remote-con­trolled impro­vised explo­sive device facil­i­ta­tor respon­si­ble for the move­ment of weapons and IED mak­ing mate­ri­als. Based on intel­li­gence reports, the secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a com­pound in the vil­lage of Naray Torah in Sabari dis­trict to search for the facil­i­ta­tor. Afghan forces used a loud­speak­er to call for all occu­pants to exit the build­ings peace­ful­ly and then the joint secu­ri­ty force cleared and secured the com­pound. After ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force iden­ti­fied and detained the facil­i­ta­tor along with some of his asso­ciates. The secu­ri­ty force also dis­cov­ered mul­ti­ple auto­mat­ic weapons and ammu­ni­tion at the scene.

— Afghan and coali­tion forces con­duct­ed anoth­er mul­ti-day clear­ing oper­a­tion aimed at dis­rupt­ing the Taliban’s free­dom of move­ment out­side Kan­da­har City. Dur­ing the oper­a­tion, at least five insur­gents were killed. The joint secu­ri­ty force is con­tin­u­ing their efforts to dis­rupt ene­my safe havens in Kan­da­har province. This oper­a­tion focused on an area east of the vil­lage of Ghundey Kalay in Zharay dis­trict. Tal­iban lead­ers use vil­lages through­out the dis­trict to plan, coor­di­nate and exe­cute attacks along High­way 1, also known as ring road. Pre­vi­ous oper­a­tions uncov­ered and secured areas plagued with impro­vised explo­sive devices and insur­gent fight­ing posi­tions. “Afghan and coali­tion forces are repeat­ed­ly hit­ting the insur­gents in their back­yard — allow­ing them no time to regroup,” U.S. Army Col. Rafael Tor­res, Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand Com­bined Joint Oper­a­tions Cen­ter direc­tor, said. “The ulti­mate goal is to dis­rupt the enemy’s sanc­tu­ar­ies and stag­ing areas for attacks into Kan­da­har City so that the peo­ple of Kan­da­har City can con­tin­ue their efforts build­ing secu­ri­ty and more impor­tant­ly, re-build­ing their lives with­out the Tal­iban threat.” The joint force encoun­tered heavy ene­my con­tact, includ­ing rock­et-pro­pelled grenade, machine gun, recoil­less rifle and small-arms fire. At least five insur­gents were killed dur­ing sev­er­al engage­ments. No Afghan or coali­tion forces were killed or wound­ed dur­ing the oper­a­tion.

— An Afghan Nation­al Secu­ri­ty and coali­tion force detained one sus­pect­ed insur­gent dur­ing a com­bined oper­a­tion in Kab­ul. The sus­pect­ed insur­gent was detained with­out inci­dent and tak­en by Afghan author­i­ties for pro­cess­ing and fur­ther ques­tion­ing. The tar­get­ed com­pound is asso­ci­at­ed with a want­ed Tal­iban shad­ow gov­er­nor for the Charkh Dis­trict, Log­ar province. The shad­ow gov­er­nor is also want­ed for coor­di­nat­ing attacks against ANSF and ISAF.

— Afghan Nation­al Secu­ri­ty and Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force con­duct­ed two com­bined oper­a­tions result­ing in sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents being detained. The first oper­a­tion occurred in Hel­mand province. Upon arrival and the secur­ing of the tar­get com­pound, the force called out the sus­pect­ed insur­gents and encoun­tered no resis­tance. The force pro­tect­ed numer­ous women and chil­dren, while detain­ing sev­er­al indi­vid­u­als for fur­ther ques­tion­ing. The tar­get of the oper­a­tion is a Tal­iban com­man­der who often receives and dis­trib­utes a range of sup­plies, includ­ing weapons, impro­vised explo­sive device com­po­nents and explo­sives. His geo­graph­i­cal loca­tion between north­ern and cen­tral Hel­mand pro­vides a link between the two insur­gency net­work areas in regards to com­mand and con­trol and facil­i­ta­tion. The sec­ond oper­a­tion took place in Ghazni province. After arriv­ing at the tar­get­ed com­pound, a com­bined Afghan and ISAF force secured the sus­pect­ed Tal­iban commander’s house and called out the sus­pect­ed insur­gent. One sus­pect­ed insur­gent was detained with­out inci­dent. The sus­pect­ed Tal­iban com­man­der is a sig­nif­i­cant Tal­iban leader in Ghazni dis­tricts. He is respon­si­ble for pro­duc­tion and plac­ing of IEDs tar­get­ing ANSF and ISAF forces. He also trains oth­er insur­gents in IED build­ing and place­ment.

— Two Afghan civil­ians rid­ing a motor­cy­cle were killed after fail­ing to adhere to sev­er­al warn­ings to stop while approach­ing a secu­ri­ty perime­ter in south­ern Afghanistan. The perime­ter was set up after a patrol in the Musa Qal’ah dis­trict of Hel­mand province was attacked with small-arms fire. After sev­er­al ver­bal and visu­al warn­ings, the motor­cy­cle briefly stopped and then accel­er­at­ed in the direc­tion of the secu­ri­ty force at a high rate of speed. Fol­low­ing addi­tion­al warn­ings by the secu­ri­ty force and the threat posed by the motor­cy­cle, the two indi­vid­u­als were engaged with lethal force. Ini­tial reports indi­cate coali­tion forces fol­lowed the appro­pri­ate esca­la­tion of force pro­ce­dures. ISAF troops fol­low strict rules in regards to esca­la­tion of force pro­ce­dures and do not inten­tion­al­ly tar­get civil­ians.

ISAF con­firmed the cap­ture of a Tal­iban sub­com­man­der oper­at­ing in Mata Khan dis­trict dur­ing an overnight oper­a­tion in Pak­tiya province. The com­man­der coor­di­nat­ed and con­duct­ed impro­vised explo­sive device attacks and facil­i­tat­ed weapons and ammu­ni­tion for future attacks. Fol­low­ing detain­ment, Afghan and coali­tion forces also direct­ly linked him to a recent pres­sure plate IED dis­cov­ered in Mata Khan dis­trict. Intel­li­gence tips led the secu­ri­ty force to a com­pound in the vil­lage of Shakian in Zur­mat dis­trict to search for the com­man­der. Afghan forces used a loud­speak­er to call for all occu­pants to exit the build­ings peace­ful­ly and then the joint secu­ri­ty force cleared and secured the com­pounds. After ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force detained the com­man­der and two of his asso­ciates.

— Coali­tion forces con­duct­ed a pre­ci­sion air strike in Pak­ti­ka province, killing Halel, a Tal­iban sub­com­man­der direct­ly linked to last week’s elec­tion attacks. Halel helped con­duct indi­rect fire and impro­vised explo­sive device attacks. The secu­ri­ty force also recov­ered a sig­nif­i­cant amount of IED mate­r­i­al and weapons at the scene. Based on intel­li­gence sources fol­low­ing an ear­li­er attack against coali­tion forces, the com­bined force tracked Halel to a remote area south­east of the vil­lage of Nazar Moham­mad Kala in Yahya Khel dis­trict. After care­ful plan­ning to ensure no civil­ians were present, coali­tion air­craft con­duct­ed a pre­ci­sion air strike against the com­man­der. A fol­low-on ground force went to the engage­ment site to assess the results of the strike. The secu­ri­ty force con­firmed four insur­gents, includ­ing Halel, were killed and also dis­cov­ered and destroyed a sig­nif­i­cant weapons cache includ­ing mul­ti­ple auto­mat­ic weapons, rock­et-pro­pelled grenades, hand grenades and var­i­ous types of ammu­ni­tion. The secu­ri­ty force also searched sev­er­al area com­pounds. Afghan forces used a loud­speak­er to call for all occu­pants to exit the com­pounds peace­ful­ly and then the com­bined force cleared and secured the com­pounds. The secu­ri­ty force dis­cov­ered a sig­nif­i­cant amount of IED mate­r­i­al includ­ing mul­ti­ple remote trans­mit­ters, det­o­na­tion cord, bat­ter­ies and home­made explo­sives. They also found mul­ti­ple mor­tars, an RPG motor and machine gun ammu­ni­tion. All of the weapons were destroyed at the scene. After ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force detained two insur­gents for addi­tion­al ques­tion­ing.

— Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty forces detained sev­er­al insur­gents in Khost province, includ­ing a Haqqani com­man­der linked to attacks against Afghan offi­cials. The com­man­der was also involved in ambush­ing a vehi­cle dur­ing last week’s elec­tions and steal­ing a bal­lot box. The secu­ri­ty force also dis­cov­ered a sig­nif­i­cant cache of impro­vised explo­sive device mate­r­i­al and mil­i­tary equip­ment at the scene. Based on intel­li­gence reports, the secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a remote com­pound in Tanai dis­trict to search for the com­man­der. Afghan forces used a loud­speak­er to call for all occu­pants to exit the build­ings peace­ful­ly and then the joint secu­ri­ty force cleared and secured the com­pound. After ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force iden­ti­fied and detained the com­man­der along with three of his asso­ciates. The secu­ri­ty force also dis­cov­ered an auto­mat­ic weapon, pis­tol, rock­et-pro­pelled grenade launch­er, mag­a­zines and loose ammu­ni­tion, along with three U.S. com­bat uni­forms at the scene. These types of uni­forms were recent­ly used in attacks against a coali­tion force base. Addi­tion­al­ly, they dis­cov­ered and destroyed impro­vised explo­sive device mate­r­i­al, includ­ing 100 blast­ing caps, artillery rounds, a land mine, pres­sure plates and elec­tri­cal cir­cuit­ry.

In Sept. 24 Afghanistan news:

— A com­bined force of more than 250 Afghan Nation­al Army, Afghan Nation­al Police and coali­tion sol­diers con­duct­ed an air assault into east­ern Afghanistan to clear insur­gent activ­i­ty in the area. While con­duct­ing their secu­ri­ty and clear­ing patrols in the Alisheng dis­trict of Lagh­man province, the com­bined force received small-arms fire and engaged sev­er­al insur­gents in the area. More than 30 ene­my fight­ers have been killed in the engage­ment. Ini­tial reports indi­cate that there are no injuries or dam­ages to any civil­ians in the area. The oper­a­tion is cur­rent­ly ongo­ing.

— Approx­i­mate­ly 30 kilo­grams of nar­cotics were found by Afghan and coali­tion forces in Hel­mand province. The nar­cotics were found after a com­bined force ran­dom vehi­cle check in the area con­duct­ed to inter­cept insurgent’s mate­r­i­al, nar­cotics traf­fick­ers and weapons being trans­port­ed in and out of Hel­mand province. Two vehi­cles were stopped dur­ing a vehi­cle check­point oper­a­tion. Two men in the first vehi­cle were detained for sus­pect­ed insur­gent and nar­cotics links. While the patrol was detain­ing the sus­pects in the first car, the sec­ond vehi­cle left the scene. The com­bined forces fol­lowed the sec­ond vehi­cle to a near­by com­pound. Afghan and ISAF forces then secured the com­pound and searched it, dis­cov­er­ing 20 kilo­grams of wet opi­um and 10 kilo­grams of mar­i­jua­na. The nar­cotics were destroyed in place. The detainees were tak­en by Afghan police for pro­cess­ing and fur­ther ques­tion­ing.

— An air weapons team engaged a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of insur­gents fol­low­ing an attack on a remote Afghan Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Force out­post in Khost province. Afghan secu­ri­ty forces received direct and indi­rect-fire at Com­bat Out­post Nar­izah near the Pak­istan bor­der. An air weapons team in the area observed the ene­my fire, and fol­low­ing ISAF rules of engage­ment, crossed into the area of ene­my fire. The ISAF air­craft then engaged, killing more than 30 insur­gents. Two ISAF heli­copters returned to the bor­der area Sat­ur­day and were engaged by small-arms fire. The air­craft returned fire, result­ing in sev­er­al addi­tion­al insur­gents killed. Ini­tial reports indi­cate no civil­ian were injured or killed dur­ing either oper­a­tion.

— Afghan Nation­al Army and coali­tion forces detained a Tal­iban deputy shad­ow gov­er­nor in Kan­da­har province. The ANA part­nered with the Head­quar­ters and Head­quar­ters Troop of 1- 75th Cav­al­ry Reg­i­ment, 2nd Brigade Com­bat Team, 101st Air­borne Divi­sion (Air Assault) to detain the deputy shad­ow gov­er­nor of Zharay dis­trict. He is a high-lev­el Tal­iban leader asso­ci­at­ed with impro­vised explo­sive devices facil­i­ta­tion, for­eign fight­er trans­port and attacks against coali­tion forces. The shad­ow governor’s deten­tion was pos­si­ble through the efforts of the ANA sol­diers on the ground and report­ing from Tal­iban infor­mants, accord­ing to Army Capt. Matthew Craw­ford, the intel­li­gence offi­cer for Head­quar­ters and Head­quar­ters Troop, 1st Bat­tal­ion, 75th Cav­al­ry Reg­i­ment. The loss of the shad­ow gov­er­nor will have a sig­nif­i­cant impact on high lev­el Tal­iban plan­ning and dis­rupt their oper­a­tions in Zharay, said Craw­ford.

Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty forces always make it a pri­or­i­ty to pro­tect women and chil­dren dur­ing all oper­a­tions.

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

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Seit 2001 ist GlobalDefence.net im Internet unterwegs, um mit eigenen Analysen, interessanten Kooperationen und umfassenden Informationen für einen spannenden Überblick der Weltlage zu sorgen. GlobalDefenc.net war dabei die erste deutschsprachige Internetseite, die mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheitspolitik außerhalb von Hochschulen oder Instituten aufgetreten ist.

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