Afghan, Coalition Troops Find Insurgent Weapons Factory

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2010 — An Afghan and coali­tion force con­duct­ing a dis­mount­ed patrol today dis­cov­ered an insur­gent weapons fac­to­ry in San­gin dis­trict, Hel­mand province, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The com­bined force dis­cov­ered a build­ing that con­tained six 55-pound bar­rels of home­made explo­sives, scales, a boil­er room, and a dry­ing room. After cat­a­logu­ing and tak­ing pic­tures of the weapons mate­ri­als, the force deter­mined the best way to destroy the mate­ri­als was to con­duct a pre­ci­sion artillery strike.

The Afghan and coali­tion forces ver­i­fied that no civil­ians were in the area and cor­doned off a safe­ty zone approx­i­mate­ly 300 meters from the fac­to­ry. The forces main­tained con­trol of the area until three rock­ets hit the fac­to­ry, destroy­ing it and its con­tents in place.

In oth­er Afghanistan news today:

— An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Haqqani Net­work facil­i­ta­tor who coor­di­nat­ed impro­vised explo­sive device sup­plies and con­duct­ed IED attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces, dur­ing an oper­a­tion in Khost province overnight. Based on intel­li­gence tips, the secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a com­pound east of Ali Shir Alaqe­hdari in Ter­ayzai dis­trict to search for the tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual. 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 sev­er­al of his asso­ciates. The secu­ri­ty force also found a grenade and shot­gun, along with mul­ti­ple AK-47 rifle mag­a­zines, at the scene.

— An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed the Tal­iban deputy leader for Nawah-ye Barakzai dis­trict who coor­di­nates the activ­i­ties of Tal­iban fight­ers in the dis­trict, detain­ing two sus­pect­ed insur­gents dur­ing an oper­a­tion in Hel­mand province overnight. Based on intel­li­gence tips, the secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a com­pound south of Khal­ifeh Shirin Kowr in Nahr‑e Saraj dis­trict to search for the tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual. Afghan forces used a loud­speak­er to call for all occu­pants to exit the build­ings peace­ful­ly, and then the joint secu­ri­ty force began to clear the com­pound. Dur­ing the clear­ance, the secu­ri­ty force killed a man when he charged at the secu­ri­ty force. After ques­tion­ing at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents. In neigh­bor­ing Kan­da­har province, a sep­a­rate secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a Tal­iban senior leader and facil­i­ta­tor who directs the place­ment of impro­vised explo­sive devices and facil­i­tates the move­ment of fight­ers and mate­ri­als. The secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a com­pound east of Salavat in Pan­jwa’i dis­trict to search for the tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual. After an Afghan-led call-out, the joint secu­ri­ty force cleared and secured the com­pound. The secu­ri­ty force then detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents, after ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene. No shots were fired dur­ing the oper­a­tion.

In yesterday’s Afghanistan news:

— Coali­tion forces con­duct­ed pre­ci­sion air strikes in Bagh­lan province tar­get­ing the senior Tal­iban mil­i­tary leader for Dahanah-ye Ghori and Pul‑e Khum­ri dis­tricts. The leader plants impro­vised explo­sive devices, and sup­plies financ­ing, weapons and ammu­ni­tion to Tal­iban lead­er­ship oper­at­ing in the area. He also plans attacks on check­points between Baghlan‑e Jadid and Pul‑e Khum­ri dis­tricts. Intel­li­gence tracked a group of armed insur­gents to a remote area of Dahanah-ye Ghori dis­trict. After con­fir­ma­tion of insur­gent activ­i­ty and care­ful plan­ning to ensure no civil­ians were present, coali­tion forces con­duct­ed the pre­ci­sion air strikes on the group. The strikes report­ed­ly killed more than 10 insur­gents armed with rock­et-pro­pelled grenades and auto­mat­ic weapons, but Afghan and coali­tion forces were unable to con­duct a ground assess­ment. ISAF still is gath­er­ing infor­ma­tion to con­firm the reports and to deter­mine if the tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual was among those killed in the strike.

— A detainee in ISAF cus­tody was found dead in his hold­ing cell in south­ern Afghanistan. The detainee was cap­tured dur­ing an Oct. 16 oper­a­tion and was being held in Kan­da­har province. An inves­ti­ga­tion is ongo­ing into the cir­cum­stances of the man’s death.

— An Afghan and coali­tion force con­duct­ing a dis­mount­ed patrol dis­cov­ered a large stock­pile of insur­gent weapons, drugs and explo­sives in south­ern Afghanistan. The com­bined force also detained two indi­vid­u­als asso­ci­at­ed with the weapons dur­ing the oper­a­tion in the Musa Qal’ah dis­trict of Hel­mand province. The weapons found include sev­er­al rock­ets, two bags of ammo­ni­um nitrate, 10 kilo­grams of opi­um, one machine gun drum loaded with 75 rounds, one AK-47 rifle with six mag­a­zines, 300 AK-47 rounds and 60 AK-47 trac­er rounds. The cache and detainees were trans­port­ed to a for­ward oper­at­ing base where the cache will be safe­ly destroyed.

— Afghan and coali­tion forces detained numer­ous sus­pect­ed insur­gents in three overnight oper­a­tions in north­ern and east­ern Afghanistan aimed at cap­tur­ing Tal­iban and Haqqani Net­work lead­er­ship. In Khost province, an Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a Haqqani Net­work facil­i­ta­tor respon­si­ble for coor­di­nat­ing the move­ment of weapons through­out Sabari dis­trict. Based on intel­li­gence tips, the secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a com­pound in Sabari dis­trict to search for the tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual. 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 of the res­i­dents at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents. A sep­a­rate secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a Tal­iban leader who com­mands Tal­iban units oper­at­ing in Ghazni province and main­tains close ties with senior Tal­iban lead­er­ship in Pak­istan, detain­ing sus­pect­ed insur­gents dur­ing an overnight oper­a­tion in Ghazni. Based on intel­li­gence tips, the secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a com­pound north of the vil­lage of Gahari Sofla in Andar dis­trict to search for the tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual. After an Afghan-led call­out, the joint secu­ri­ty force cleared and secured the com­pound. The secu­ri­ty force detained the sus­pect­ed insur­gents after ini­tial ques­tion­ing of the res­i­dents at the scene. In north­ern Badghis province, a com­bined force detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents dur­ing an oper­a­tion tar­get­ing the Tal­iban shad­ow gov­er­nor for the province Oct. 16. He became the new shad­ow gov­er­nor for province ear­li­er this month, replac­ing Mul­lah Ismail who was killed in a joint oper­a­tion Oct 6. The tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual is respon­si­ble for IED attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces in Badghis province and was also heav­i­ly involved with the dis­ap­pear­ance of U.S. sol­diers last Novem­ber.

— An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor who led an impro­vised explo­sive device attack cell in Qalat and Shah Joy dis­tricts, dur­ing an oper­a­tion in Zab­ul province overnight. Based on intel­li­gence tips, the secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a remote com­pound in Shinkai dis­trict to search for the tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual. 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 of the res­i­dents at the scene the secu­ri­ty force iden­ti­fied and detained the facil­i­ta­tor. The secu­ri­ty force also dis­cov­ered a sniper rifle with ammu­ni­tion along with a pis­tol and home­made explo­sives.

— An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a Tal­iban IED and nar­cotics facil­i­ta­tor for Mai­wand and Lashkar Gah dis­tricts, detain­ing two sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Hel­mand province overnight. Based on intel­li­gence tips, the secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a remote com­pound in Lashkar Gah dis­trict to search for the tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual. 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 of the res­i­dents at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents. Dur­ing the clear­ance, the secu­ri­ty force killed an insur­gent armed with a pis­tol after he emerged from the tar­get­ed com­pound and threat­ened the secu­ri­ty force. The secu­ri­ty force also found a pres­sure plate IED ini­tia­tor at the scene.

In Oct. 16 Afghanistan news:

— Afghan and ISAF troops freed a kid­napped child and detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed kid­nap­pers in Kab­ul. Mul­ti­ple intel­li­gence reports and tips from local cit­i­zens led the com­bined secu­ri­ty force to the loca­tion of the kid­napped boy. Upon sur­round­ing the loca­tion, Afghan secu­ri­ty forces entered the loca­tion and freed the boy with­out inci­dent. Five sus­pects were detained. The kid­napped boy, the son of an Afghan gov­ern­ment offi­cial, was unharmed and reunit­ed with his fam­i­ly.

— Afghan and coali­tion forces dis­cov­ered a large IED cache dur­ing a patrol in the Zharay dis­trict of Kan­da­har province. The patrol found more than 30 anti-per­son­nel mines, five anti-tank mines, more than 20 hand grenades and more than 300 meters of det­o­na­tion cord. An explo­sive ord­nance dis­pos­al team dis­armed the devices in place.

— Coali­tion forces con­duct­ed pre­ci­sion air strikes in Pak­tiya province tar­get­ing a Haqqani Net­work senior leader who sup­plies weapons and con­ducts attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces oper­at­ing in neigh­bor­ing Musa Khel dis­trict of Khost province. Intel­li­gence tracked two groups of insur­gents armed with heavy weapons, includ­ing rock­et-pro­pelled grenades, machine guns and auto­mat­ic weapons, to remote areas of Shwak and Dzad­ran dis­tricts after the insur­gents had con­duct­ed an attack in the area. After care­ful plan­ning to ensure no civil­ians were present, coali­tion forces con­duct­ed the pre­ci­sion air strikes on the groups. The strikes report­ed­ly killed more than five insur­gents, but Afghan and coali­tion forces were unable to con­duct a ground assess­ment.

— An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Tal­iban leader who led IED and direct-fire attacks in Pak­ti­ka province. Based on intel­li­gence tips, the secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a com­pound north of Alaqe­hdari-ye Yahya Khel to search for the tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual. 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 of the res­i­dents at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force iden­ti­fied and detained the tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual along with three of his asso­ciates.

— Afghan and ISAF troops locat­ed and destroyed an impro­vised explo­sive facil­i­ta­tion and stor­age com­pound dur­ing an oper­a­tion in the San­gin dis­trict of Hel­mand province. Mul­ti­ple intel­li­gence reports and tips from local cit­i­zens led the com­bined force to the com­pound ascer­tained to be the pri­ma­ry IED facil­i­ta­tion and stor­age facil­i­ty in the dis­trict. The tar­get com­pound is asso­ci­at­ed with a senior San­gin-based Tal­iban leader and facil­i­ta­tor of IEDs and their com­po­nents along with oth­er lethal aid in the San­gin area. The com­pound has a his­toric link with insur­gency in the area, and has been reg­u­lar­ly used by Tal­iban lead­ers and facil­i­ta­tors as a Tal­iban com­mand and con­trol facil­i­ty. Intel­li­gence estab­lished the facil­i­ty was filled with IEDs, but was also thor­ough­ly rigged with explo­sives to deny access by any­one oth­er than the Tal­iban; vil­lagers would not go near the build­ing. The com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force visu­al­ly detect­ed numer­ous boo­by traps, as well as explo­sive residue around the facil­i­ty, to cor­rob­o­rate the intel­li­gence reports. The patrol ensured Afghan civil­ians in the area were a safe dis­tance from the site and pro­tect­ed them in an enclosed build­ing, before they safe­ly destroyed the build­ing. Large sec­ondary explo­sions indi­cat­ed that the IED cache was size­able. “Local Afghans can feel a lit­tle more secure know­ing these weapons won’t harm them or the secu­ri­ty forces that are there to pro­tect them,” said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Tor­res, ISAF Joint Com­mand Com­bined Joint Oper­a­tions Cen­ter direc­tor.

— Afghan and coali­tion forces cap­tured a Haqqani Net­work leader who main­tained weapons caches and planned attacks, dur­ing an overnight oper­a­tion in Pak­ti­ka province. The leader’s cap­ture will help degrade the Haqqani Network’s oper­a­tions in north­east­ern Pak­it­ka, while enhanc­ing coun­terin­sur­gency ini­tia­tives in the area. Intel­li­gence tips led the secu­ri­ty force to a series of com­pounds south of Delay in Ziruk dis­trict. Afghan forces used a loud­speak­er to call for all occu­pants to exit each com­pound peace­ful­ly, and then the joint secu­ri­ty force cleared and secured the area. After ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force iden­ti­fied and detained the tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual along with sev­er­al of his asso­ciates.

— Afghan and coali­tion forces cap­tured a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor for weapons, ammu­ni­tion and sui­cide bombers in Kan­da­har City dur­ing an overnight oper­a­tion in the city. Intel­li­gence tips led the secu­ri­ty force to a com­pound in Kan­da­har City to search for the facil­i­ta­tor. Afghan forces used a loud­speak­er to call for all occu­pants to exit the com­pound peace­ful­ly, and then the joint secu­ri­ty force cleared and secured the area. After ini­tial ques­tion­ing at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force iden­ti­fied and detained the facil­i­ta­tor along with sev­er­al of his asso­ciates.

— An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Tal­iban weapons facil­i­ta­tor who played a key role in the facil­i­ta­tion of weapons and impro­vised explo­sive devices in Now Zad dis­trict of Hel­mand province, dur­ing an overnight oper­a­tion in the province. The facil­i­ta­tor main­tained con­tact with Tal­iban in Chaman, Pak­istan, and was also involved in the facil­i­ta­tion of home­made explo­sive pre­cur­sors. Based on intel­li­gence tips, the secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a com­pound north of the vil­lage of Anarak in Now Zand dis­trict to search for the tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual. 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 of the res­i­dents at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force iden­ti­fied and detained the facil­i­ta­tor and sev­er­al of his asso­ciates.

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 →