Afghan, Coalition Troops Nab Insurgent Leaders

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2011 — A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force yes­ter­day cap­tured a Haqqani net­work leader, a Haqqani facil­i­ta­tor and sev­er­al of their asso­ciates dur­ing an overnight clear­ing oper­a­tion in the Bermal dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Pak­ti­ka province, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.
The Afghan-led oper­a­tion tar­get­ed sev­er­al Haqqani lead­ers in Pir Koti val­ley. The focus of the oper­a­tion was to elim­i­nate poten­tial Haqqani safe house and dis­rupt the train­ing and move­ment of fight­ers.

In oth­er oper­a­tions in Afghanistan yes­ter­day:

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force detained sev­er­al indi­vid­u­als with sus­pect­ed ties to the Tal­iban dur­ing an overnight secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in the Sar‑e Pul dis­trict of Sar‑e Pul province. The Afghan-led secu­ri­ty force was search­ing for a Tal­iban leader who plans and exe­cutes attacks against Afghan secu­ri­ty forces.

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor and two of his asso­ciates dur­ing an oper­a­tion in the Pan­jwa’i dis­trict of Kan­da­har province. The facil­i­ta­tor was respon­si­ble for pro­duc­tion and move­ment of explo­sive devices and com­po­nents into the Zharay and Pan­jwa’i dis­tricts. Addi­tion­al­ly, he was known to have direct involve­ment in the nar­cotics trade through­out the province.

— In Hel­mand province, a com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents while search­ing for a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor in the San­gin dis­trict of Hel­mand province. The facil­i­ta­tor is respon­si­ble for mov­ing nar­cotics, weapons and mon­ey with­in the north­ern Hel­mand Tal­iban net­work.

— Dur­ing a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in the Tar­nak wa Jal­dak dis­trict of Zab­ul province, a com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force detained one indi­vid­ual with sus­pect­ed ties to Tal­iban activ­i­ty.

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force killed more than five insur­gents and detained two sus­pects dur­ing an overnight secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion tar­get­ing a Tal­iban leader in the Sayyid­abad dis­trict of War­dak province. Dur­ing a search, the force found a RPG launch­er with sev­er­al war­heads, a high pow­ered machine gun, mul­ti­ple AK-47 rifles and sev­er­al chest racks. The secu­ri­ty force detained two sus­pects for ques­tion­ing.

— Also in Sayyid­abad, a com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader. The tar­get­ed leader is the Tal­iban-appoint­ed provin­cial mil­i­tary chief for War­dak province. He coor­di­nates kid­nap­pings of Afghan gov­ern­ment offi­cials and attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces in the dis­trict.

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force killed sev­er­al insur­gents and detained sev­er­al sus­pects dur­ing a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion tar­get­ing a Tal­iban leader in the Khwa­jah ‘Omari dis­trict of Ghazni province. The tar­get­ed leader is a guer­ril­la war­fare tac­ti­cian who com­mands many fight­ers for attacks against Afghan secu­ri­ty forces.

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force cap­tured a Haqqani net­work facil­i­ta­tor and sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents dur­ing an overnight secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in the Sabari dis­trict of Khost province. The facil­i­ta­tor was respon­si­ble for emplac­ing and coor­di­nat­ing the use of explo­sives tar­get­ing the Afghan Nation­al Army. The secu­ri­ty force con­fis­cat­ed two rifles dur­ing a search.

— Also in Sabari, a com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force detained sev­er­al sus­pects while search­ing for a Haqqani net­work leader dur­ing a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion. The leader con­ducts home­made bomb attacks, includ­ing a recent attack in Sabari.

— In the Zharay dis­trict of Kan­da­har province, a com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force dis­cov­ered a drug cache dur­ing a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion. The cache con­sist­ed of 22 pounds of opi­um and 331 pounds of hashish. The drugs were safe­ly destroyed by secu­ri­ty forces.

— A coali­tion force dis­cov­ered a weapons cache in the San­gin dis­trict of Hel­mand province. The cache con­sist­ed of two 107 mm grenades, one mor­tar round, two ban­doliers, one mor­tar, one full AK-47 rifle mag­a­zine, ammo­ni­um nitrate and sev­er­al com­po­nents for impro­vised explo­sive devices.

In June 4 oper­a­tions:

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force patrol engaged sev­er­al insur­gents June 4 dur­ing a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in the Kaja­ki dis­trict of Hel­mand province. Sev­er­al insur­gents were killed when they engaged the patrol with small-arms fire.

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force patrol dis­cov­ered a weapons cache dur­ing a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion tar­get­ing a sui­cide attack plan­ner in Kab­ul. The oper­a­tion secured a sui­cide vest, three grenades, three det­o­na­tors and 154 pounds of home­made explo­sives. The explo­sives were safe­ly destroyed on site. One man was detained by Afghan author­i­ties for ques­tion­ing.

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion patrol dis­cov­ered an ene­my explo­sives cache dur­ing an oper­a­tion in the Gelan dis­trict of Ghazni province. The oper­a­tion secured 44 pounds of ammo­ni­um nitrate, 14 82 mm mor­tar rounds, TNT, 30 12 mm rounds and one pis­tol. The explo­sives were safe­ly destroyed on site.

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion oper­a­tion tar­get­ed a sui­cide impro­vised explo­sive device cell in Kab­ul. One man was detained. A sui­cide vest, 40 pounds of ammo­ni­um nitrate and four AK-47 rifles were con­fis­cat­ed. The explo­sives and weapons were safe­ly destroyed on site and the detainee was tak­en by Afghan author­i­ties for ques­tion­ing.

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Tal­iban leader and detained sev­er­al of his asso­ciates dur­ing a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in the Kun­duz dis­trict of Kun­duz province. The tar­get­ed leader was part of a sig­nif­i­cant attack net­work and com­mand­ed 20–25 fight­ers in Wali Mohammed Ogrtepa vil­lage in Kun­duz dis­trict. He and the Kun­duz attack net­work are direct­ly involved in road­side bomb and sui­cide attacks against Afghan gov­ern­ment offi­cials and Afghan Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Forces.

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents dur­ing a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in the Cha­har Bolak dis­trict of Balkh province. The Afghan-led secu­ri­ty force was in the dis­trict search­ing for a Tal­iban leader respon­si­ble for plan­ning attacks in the dis­trict.

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force detained sev­er­al indi­vid­u­als with sus­pect­ed ties to Tal­iban activ­i­ty dur­ing an oper­a­tion in the Tarnek wa Jal­dak dis­trict of Zab­ul province.

— In Hel­mand province, a com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader in the Nad ‘Ali dis­trict. The leader is respon­si­ble for approx­i­mate­ly 15 to 20 fight­ers who con­duct direct fire and ambush attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces. He is also involved with the kid­nap­ping and intim­i­da­tion of local nation­als in the dis­trict.

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents dur­ing a night­time secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion tar­get­ing a Tal­iban leader in Kan­da­har City, Kan­da­har province. The leader coor­di­nates and con­ducts attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces. He also coor­di­nates with a promi­nent facil­i­ta­tor who sup­plies his net­work with weapons and fight­ers.

— In the Nahr‑e Saraj dis­trict of Hel­mand province, a coali­tion patrol dis­cov­ered a weapons cache dur­ing a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion. The cache con­sist­ed of 50 12.7 mm rounds, two artillery shells rigged with wires, 40 machine-gun rounds, two pres­sure plates, 44 pounds of home­made explo­sives, one 152 mm artillery shell and mine rigged togeth­er, and one 107 mm rock­et.

— Also in Hel­mand, a com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force patrol oper­at­ing in the Garm Ser dis­trict dis­cov­ered a weapons cache. The cache con­tained five hand-held two-way radios, five bat­tery packs, two remote con­trols, ball bear­ings, four fus­es and five 110-pound bags of fer­til­iz­er. One indi­vid­ual was detained.

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force detained sev­er­al insur­gents dur­ing an oper­a­tion in the Bara­ki Barak dis­trict of Log­ar province. The Afghan-led force con­duct­ed the oper­a­tion to dis­rupt Tal­iban activ­i­ty along a key facil­i­ta­tion route for insur­gent orga­ni­za­tions car­ry­ing out attacks in Kab­ul.

— In Pak­ti­ka province, a com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force detained two indi­vid­u­als with links to the Haqqani net­work dur­ing a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in Orgun dis­trict.

— In the Sabari the dis­trict of Khost province, an Afghan-led force detained two indi­vid­u­als while search­ing for a Haqqani leader. The leader is respon­si­ble for coor­di­nat­ing and con­duct­ing attacks against the Afghan army.

— A coali­tion force patrol detained an indi­vid­ual in pro­ces­sion of mul­ti­ple weapons and explo­sive com­po­nents dur­ing a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in the Sherzad dis­trict of Nan­garhar province. Mate­r­i­al that was con­fis­cat­ed includ­ed sev­en mines, 15 hand-grenades, 15 grenades fus­es, five explo­sive det­o­na­tors, three blast­ing caps, three 82 mm recoil­less rifle rounds and 1,000 feet of det­o­na­tion cord.

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 →