Afghan-led Patrol Kills Haqqani Insurgents

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 20, 2011 — An Afghan-led secu­ri­ty patrol killed numer­ous Haqqani net­work insur­gents and detained two sus­pects while con­duct­ing a clear­ance oper­a­tion in the Bermal dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Pak­ti­ka province yes­ter­day, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

Upon arriv­ing at a com­pound, the secu­ri­ty patrol was fired on by sev­er­al armed insur­gents. The patrol returned fire, killing the insur­gents.

The patrol dis­cov­ered sev­er­al grenades, AK-47 rifles and chest racks with­in the com­pound. Two addi­tion­al indi­vid­u­als with sus­pect­ed ties to the Haqqani net­work were detained.

In oth­er Afghanistan oper­a­tions yes­ter­day:

– In the Nahr-e Saraj dis­trict of Hel­mand province, an Afghan-led force detained numer­ous sus­pects while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader. The leader directs a road­side bomb attack cell and con­ducts bomb and oth­er attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces.

– A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force detained sev­er­al sus­pects dur­ing an oper­a­tion in the Zharay dis­trict of Kan­da­har province. The tar­get of the oper­a­tion was a Tal­iban mem­ber who dis­trib­utes weapons and road­side bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als in the Mai­wand and Zharay dis­tricts.

– In the Daman dis­trict of Kan­da­har province, an Afghan-led force cap­tured a Tal­iban leader and an asso­ciate. The leader was respon­si­ble for attacks against Afghan secu­ri­ty forces.

– Also in Kan­da­har, an Afghan-led force detained one sus­pect­ed insur­gent dur­ing a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in the Panjwa’i dis­trict.

– In the San­gin dis­trict of Hel­mand province, a com­bined Afghan and coali­tion patrol dis­cov­ered a weapons cache con­tain­ing sev­en rock­et-pro­pelled grenade war­heads, vari­eties of ammu­ni­tion, one bolt-action rifle, two pres­sure plates, one grenade, one trip wire, one RPG motor, and a heavy machine gun.

– In the Sherzad dis­trict of Nan­garhar province, an Afghan-led force killed sev­er­al insur­gents and detained sev­er­al sus­pects dur­ing a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion tar­get­ing a senior Tal­iban leader. The leader is the Tal­iban-appoint­ed gov­ern­ing offi­cial for oper­a­tions in the Cha­parhar dis­trict. He is respon­si­ble for direct­ing attacks against Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty forces, and facil­i­tates move­ment of for­eign fight­ers from Pak­istan into Afghanistan.

– In the Sabari dis­trict of Khost province, an Afghan-led force detained a Haqqani leader and two of his asso­ciates. The Haqqani leader was involved in direct-fire attacks and con­duct­ed recon­nais­sance oper­a­tions against the Afghan army.

From an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Release