Afghan-Led Clearing Operation Kills more than 20 Insurgents in Paktiya

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force killed more than 20 armed insur­gents dur­ing an on-going clear­ing oper­a­tion aimed at dis­rupt­ing the Haqqani Network’s free­dom of move­ment in Dzad­ran dis­trict of Pak­tiya province.

This area is known Haqqani Net­work safe haven and used to stage attacks into Kab­ul and the Khost-Gardez pass. When the secu­ri­ty force arrived, dozens of insur­gents occu­pied entrenched fight­ing posi­tions through­out the moun­tain­ous area, prepar­ing to engage the secu­ri­ty force with machine guns, rock­et-pro­pelled grenades and auto­mat­ic weapons. An air weapons team sup­pressed the ene­my result­ing in more than 20 insur­gents killed so far. 

“The Haqqani Netr­work is a preva­lent insur­gent threat in Afghanistan right now. Afghan and coali­tion forces are focused on smoth­er­ing their influ­ence and pow­er,” said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Tor­res, Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand Com­bined Joint Oper­a­tion Cen­ter direc­tor. “Every day we are tak­ing more insur­gents off the bat­tle­field so that Afghans can live in peace.” 

This clear­ing oper­a­tion is still ongo­ing. ISAF will pro­vide updates as they become available. 

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Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

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