Afghan-led Force Kills Taliban Insurgents

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 26, 2011 — An Afghan-led secu­ri­ty force killed two Tal­iban insur­gents today dur­ing a search for a road­side bomb expert oper­at­ing in the Qush Tepah dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Jowz­jan province, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The secu­ri­ty force was noti­fied of mul­ti­ple insur­gents car­ry­ing out oper­a­tions in the area. Local res­i­dents informed them about Tal­iban mem­bers who were col­lect­ing ille­gal tax­es and coerc­ing res­i­dents with the threat of death.

The first insur­gent was engaged and killed after the secu­ri­ty force noticed him tak­ing an offen­sive fight­ing posi­tion. At a sep­a­rate loca­tion, anoth­er insur­gent, who also dis­played hos­tile intent, was engaged and killed. Fol­low­ing both engage­ments the force con­fis­cat­ed sev­er­al AK-47 rifles and chest racks.

The secu­ri­ty force also detained three indi­vid­u­als with sus­pect­ed ties to the Tal­iban. Before leav­ing the area, the secu­ri­ty force destroyed all insur­gent weapons and equip­ment.

In Afghanistan oper­a­tions yes­ter­day:

– In the Darz­ab dis­trict of Jowz­jan province, an Afghan-led secu­ri­ty force killed two Tal­iban insur­gents and detained two oth­er indi­vid­u­als dur­ing a secu­ri­ty search. The search was con­duct­ed against a Tal­iban road­side bomb cell oper­at­ing in the dis­trict. The cell is respon­si­ble for car­ry­ing out attacks against Afghan secu­ri­ty forces.

– Dur­ing a search in the Nahr-e Saraj dis­trict of Hel­mand province, an Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Tal­iban leader and detained one of his asso­ciates. The leader direct­ed a cell of fight­ers in the dis­trict, and he coor­di­nat­ed attacks, weapons facil­i­ta­tion, and intel­li­gence gath­er­ing for insur­gents in the area.

– An Afghan-led force cap­tured a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor dur­ing a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in the Arghandab dis­trict of Kan­da­har province. The oper­a­tion tar­get­ed a Tal­iban weapons facil­i­ta­tor respon­si­ble for pur­chas­ing and dis­trib­ut­ing weapons and road­side bomb mate­ri­als in the dis­trict.

– An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force killed five insur­gents, wound­ed one, and detained two indi­vid­u­als dur­ing an oper­a­tion tar­get­ing a Tal­iban leader in the Qarghah’i dis­trict of Lagh­man province. The leader plans attacks and facil­i­tates weapons, fight­ers, and sui­cide bombers in the area. One local nation­al female had minor wounds as a result of the engage­ment. She was treat­ed on-site, and released after being assessed in good health.

– An Afghan-led secu­ri­ty force detained two sus­pects dur­ing an oper­a­tion tar­get­ing a Haqqani Net­work safe haven in the Sar Rowzah dis­trict of Pak­ti­ka province.

From an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Release