Afghan, Coalition Forces Find Several Weapons Caches

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2010 — Afghan and coali­tion forces uncov­ered sev­er­al weapons caches today dur­ing oper­a­tions in Afghanistan’s Hel­mand, Uruz­gan and Kan­da­har provinces, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.
Dur­ing a com­bined dis­mount­ed patrol in Hel­mand province, Afghan sol­diers and Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force troops found a weapons cache in the Mar­jeh dis­trict. The cache con­sist­ed of 17 mor­tar round fus­es, 15 82 mm mor­tar rounds, 16 shot­gun shells, 850 7.62 mm rounds, one jug con­tain­ing 50 pounds of an unknown sub­stance, two emp­ty direc­tion­al frag­men­ta­tion charge con­tain­ers, two anti-tank mines, an impro­vised rock­et launch­er, one illu­mi­nat­ing can­is­ter and three pres­sure plates.

In Uruz­gan province, Afghan Army and ISAF forces found two caches in the Tarin Kot dis­trict. The first cache con­sist­ed of two motor­cy­cle bat­ter­ies buried in a rock wall. The sec­ond cache includ­ed 500 rounds of 5.56 mm, sev­en AK-47 mag­a­zines con­tain­ing 265 7.62 mm rounds, two grenades, 10 grenade fus­es and addi­tion­al ammu­ni­tion.

In Kan­da­har province, an ISAF patrol found a weapons cache con­sist­ing of 12 61 mm shells and nine 60 mm shells.

In oth­er news today:

— Coali­tion offi­cials announced that Afghan sol­diers with the 3rd Kan­dak, 2nd Brigade, 215th Corps, work­ing with­Afghan police and coali­tion forces, con­duct­ed Oper­a­tion Strong Resolve Nov. 13. The oper­a­tion was an Afghan led, joint oper­a­tion designed to reaf­firm the Afghan government’s influ­ence and estab­lish a per­ma­nent patrol base in the vicin­i­ty of Nabu Agha, Musa Qal’ah. Through­out the two-day oper­a­tion, the Afghan sol­diers and police engaged mul­ti­ple tar­gets. Using com­bined arms, the joint force killed sev­en insur­gents and detained sev­er­al oth­ers. The force also found and destroyed two impro­vised explo­sive devices.

— Afghan and ISAF offi­cials are inves­ti­gat­ing report­ed civil­ian casu­al­ty alle­ga­tions after coali­tion forces fired mor­tar rounds in response to insur­gent attacks near the vil­lage of Tan­til in the Darah-ye Pech dis­trict of Kunar province. Ini­tial reports indi­cate that three or four rounds land­ed in the vil­lage. The inci­dent is cur­rent­ly under inves­ti­ga­tion. “We take civil­ian casu­al­ty alle­ga­tions seri­ous­ly and we do every­thing with­in our pow­er to pre­vent civil­ian casu­al­ties in the course of oper­a­tions,” said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Tor­res, ISAF Joint Com­mand Com­bined Joint Oper­a­tions Cen­ter direc­tor.

In last night’s oper­a­tions:

— An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a key Haqqani facil­i­ta­tor, who served as a liai­son between Haqqani and Tal­iban oper­a­tives in north­ern Afghanistan, dur­ing an oper­a­tion in Bagh­lan province. The facil­i­ta­tor was report­ed­ly in con­tact with Pak­istan-based senior lead­er­ship from both insur­gent groups and was a top tar­get for Afghan and coali­tion forces. Based on intel­li­gence tips, the secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a series of com­pounds in the Baghlan‑e Jadid dis­trict to search for the facil­i­ta­tor. Afghan forces used a loud­speak­er to call for all occu­pants to exit the com­pounds peace­ful­ly before the joint secu­ri­ty force cleared and secured the area. Ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene helped iden­ti­fy the tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual, who was detained along with six of his asso­ciates. The secu­ri­ty force also dis­cov­ered and destroyed an auto­mat­ic weapon and a rock­et-pro­pelled grenade launch­er at the scene.

In yesterday’s oper­a­tions:

— Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty forces con­duct­ed an oper­a­tion to detain a senior Tal­iban leader in Now Zad dis­trict, Hel­mand province. The senior Tal­iban leader is a senior facil­i­ta­tor of impro­vised explo­sive devices and a key con­duit of infor­ma­tion and finan­cial sup­port between provin­cial senior Tal­iban lead­er­ship and senior Tal­iban lead­er­ship in Pak­istan. He also planned, coor­di­nat­ed and exe­cut­ed impro­vised explo­sive device attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces. Mul­ti­ple intel­li­gence sources led the joint secu­ri­ty force to the sus­pect­ed loca­tion of the senior Tal­iban leader. Upon arrival at the loca­tion, the force imme­di­ate­ly came under fire by two insur­gents. The force returned fire, killing both insur­gents. Upon sur­round­ing the com­pound, Afghan forces called out all occu­pants in order to allow them to exit peace­ful­ly. A total of four men, five women and 10 chil­dren were pro­tect­ed. As the force entered the com­pound, three insur­gents opened fire on them. The secu­ri­ty force returned fire killing the three. The force then secured and searched the com­pound. Dur­ing the search, sev­er­al insur­gents were detained, along with numer­ous auto­mat­ic weapons, ammu­ni­tion and 22 pounds of opi­um. After ini­tial ques­tion­ing, Afghan forces detained numer­ous insur­gents for fur­ther ques­tion­ing. It is cur­rent­ly being assessed whether the Tal­iban leader was one of the killed or detained insur­gents. The weapons and opi­um were destroyed on site.

— An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Haqqani net­work leader known to facil­i­tate the move­ment of IED mate­ri­als dur­ing an oper­a­tion in Khost province. The tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual, who also coor­di­nat­ed IED attacks, is the 12th Haqqani net­work leader cap­tured by Afghan and coali­tion forces in the province this month. Intel­li­gence reports led the secu­ri­ty force to a com­pound in Motu­ni in Ter­ayzai dis­trict to search for the Haqqani leader. Afghan forces used a loud­speak­er to call for all occu­pants to exit the com­pound peace­ful­ly before the joint secu­ri­ty force cleared and secured the area. Ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene helped iden­ti­fy the tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual, who was detained along with one of his asso­ciates. The assault force con­duct­ed the oper­a­tion with no shots fired and they ensured the safe­ty of the women and chil­dren through­out the search.

— Afghan and coali­tion forces detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents dur­ing three oper­a­tions aimed at cap­tur­ing Tal­iban lead­er­ship through­out Afghanistan. All three oper­a­tions were con­duct­ed peace­ful­ly and with­out civil­ian casu­al­ties. The secu­ri­ty force has con­duct­ed more than 93 per­cent of their oper­a­tions with­out shots fired this month. A joint secu­ri­ty force detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents dur­ing an oper­a­tion tar­get­ing a Tal­iban for­eign-fight­er facil­i­ta­tor in Khash Rod dis­trict, Nim­roz province. The tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual is direct­ly asso­ci­at­ed with a Tal­iban net­work known for facil­i­tat­ing for­eign fight­ers into Afghanistan through west­ern Farah province. He is also con­sid­ered an impro­vised explo­sive device spe­cial­ist. A sep­a­rate secu­ri­ty force detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed Tal­iban mem­bers asso­ci­at­ed with an IED leader in the Shah Joy dis­trict of Zab­ul province overnight. The tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual for the oper­a­tion con­ducts and plans IED attacks against Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty mem­bers. He also is involved in kid­nap­ping mem­bers of the Afghanistan gov­ern­ment. The secu­ri­ty team secured the tar­get­ed area in search of the Tal­iban leader. Afghan forces used a loud­speak­er to call all occu­pants to exit the build­ings peace­ful­ly before con­duct­ing the search. The joint team detained the sus­pects based on ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene. In Log­ar province, Afghan and coali­tion forces detained a sus­pect­ed insur­gent dur­ing their search for an extreme­ly active Tal­iban leader. The tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual is a weapons and IED expert for insur­gents oper­at­ing in Bara­ki Barak dis­trict. He also plans and exe­cutes attacks against coali­tion forces. The secu­ri­ty force fol­lowed intel­li­gence tips to a remote com­pound in Pul‑e ‘Alam dis­trict to search for the tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual. After an Afghan-led call out, the joint secu­ri­ty force con­duct­ed the search and con­fis­cat­ed two bags of urea nitrate, often used to man­u­fac­ture IEDs. After the area was secure, the joint team detained the sus­pect­ed insur­gent based on ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene.

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

More news and arti­cles can be found on Face­book and Twit­ter.

Fol­low GlobalDefence.net on Face­book and/or on Twit­ter

Team GlobDef

Team GlobDef

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.

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →