Afghan, coalition forces round up hundreds in August

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty forces spent the month of August con­tin­u­ing to cap­ture and kill key Tal­iban and Haqqani Net­work insur­gent lead­ers.

The lead­ers were asso­ci­at­ed with the facil­i­ta­tion of impro­vised explo­sives device attacks, sui­cide attacks, and the facil­i­ta­tion of for­eign fight­ers against coali­tion and Afghan troops.

In August, the secu­ri­ty force detained more than 500 insur­gents and killed 160 more in secu­ri­ty force oper­a­tions. More impor­tant­ly, the secu­ri­ty force cap­tured or killed 23 Haqqani Net­work and 53 Tal­iban leaders. 

These lead­er­ship fig­ures include shad­ow gov­er­nors, com­man­ders, sub-com­man­ders and weapons facil­i­ta­tors. Clear rules of engage­ment and extreme mea­sures were tak­en to avoid civil­ian casu­al­ties, result­ing in 85 per­cent of the 186 oper­a­tions con­duct­ed with­out shots fired. 

“The insur­gent groups are feel­ing the increased pres­sure. August was an extreme­ly suc­cess­ful month for Afghan and coali­tion forces in which sev­er­al high-lev­el Haqqani and Tal­iban lead­ers were cap­tured,” said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Tor­res, Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand Com­bined Joint Oper­a­tions Cen­ter direc­tor. “These oper­a­tions have degrad­ed the insur­gents’ capa­bil­i­ties to exe­cute com­plex attacks against the Afghan pop­u­la­tion, and helped facil­i­tate fur­ther secu­ri­ty force oper­a­tions to degrade insur­gent crim­i­nal activ­i­ties in Afghanistan.” 

The month of August began with an Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force killing Malauwi Ghu­lam Haideri, a senior Tal­iban com­man­der, and Malauwi Sher Agha, dur­ing an oper­a­tion August 4. Insur­gents imme­di­ate­ly engaged the assault force, and the sub­se­quent hour-long fire fight result­ed in at least 14 insur­gents killed. Dur­ing a break in fight­ing, the assault force searched the area and found 26 rock­et-pro­pelled grenades, mul­ti­ple auto­mat­ic weapons, grenades, a recoil­less rifle, an anti-per­son­nel mine and approx­i­mate­ly 1,000 rounds of ammu­ni­tion at the scene. 

A week lat­er, the secu­ri­ty force con­duct­ed a mul­ti-day delib­er­ate clear­ing oper­a­tion against Haqqani Net­work for­eign fight­er camps and safe havens in Dzad­ran dis­trict of Pak­tiya province. Afghan and coali­tion forces killed 23 armed insur­gents, includ­ing Arab, Chechen and Pak­istani fight­ers dur­ing the oper­a­tion. They also dis­cov­ered and destroyed mul­ti­ple com­plet­ed IEDs, as well as IED com­po­nents, includ­ing trip wire and blast­ing caps. Addi­tion­al­ly, they found two 82mm mor­tar sys­tems with dozens of mor­tar rounds, a recoil­less rifle, a heavy machine gun, and mul­ti­ple grenades. Coali­tion forces also con­duct­ed a pre­ci­sion air strike against an ene­my ammu­ni­tions bunker, pre­vent­ing it from future use. 

This week Afghan and coali­tion forces cap­tured and killed sev­er­al Haqqani Net­work com­man­ders fol­low­ing attempt­ed attacks on For­ward Oper­at­ing Base Saler­no and Chap­man. Imme­di­ate­ly fol­low­ing the attacks, coali­tion forces con­duct­ed a pre­ci­sion air strike on a vehi­cle occu­pied by three Haqqani Net­work fight­ers as they were flee­ing the area. Mudasir, a Haqqani facil­i­ta­tor of sui­cide bombers and IEDs, was killed in the strike along with two addi­tion­al insur­gents. Mudasir, who is also known as Qari Ishaq, had direct ties to Haqqani Net­work senior lead­er­ship based in Pak­istan and was a teacher at a madras­sa known to facil­i­tate sui­cide bombers.

“We will con­tin­ue to kill or cap­ture these insur­gent groups who are con­stant­ly ter­ror­iz­ing the peace­ful peo­ple of Afghanistan,” said Tor­res. “These com­bined oper­a­tions estab­lish the secu­ri­ty need­ed to make fea­si­ble ANSF train­ing, local pop­u­lace pro­tec­tion and improv­ing gov­er­nance through­out the country”. 

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