KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan and coalition security forces captured several Haqqani Network leaders and numerous Talban leaders in Afghanistan this week including a member of the Kabul Attack Network, and many who were involved in improvised explosive device (IED) attacks against Afghan civilians, Afghan and coalition forces.
Clear rules of engagement and extreme measures taken to avoid civilian casualties allowed for 88.1 percent of the 42 operations to be conducted without shots fired. The Afghan-led operations resulted in no civilian casualties and more than 75 suspected insurgents detained.
Afghan and coalition security forces struck at the Taliban leadership again in Kandahar Friday capturing a senior Taliban commander and member of the district Military Commission in Nad ‘Ali, Helmand province who also managed the movement of fighters and equipment through the Nad ‘Ali district.
The following day, a Haqqani Network sub-commander linked to attacks against coalition forces and responsible for facilitating the movement of weapons and ammunition into the Terayzai district was captured along with a Haqqani facilitator in the eastern Khost province. Coalition forces then took advantage of a brief target of opportunity by conducting several precision strikes on a bunker complex in Paktiya province Monday, where the senior Haqqani Network commander for Khost-Gardez pass responsible for the overall command and control of all Haqqani and foreign fighter camps in the area was believed to be hiding. Afghan and coalition forces are still gathering information to confirm the commander’s death.
That evening Afghan and coalition forces captured a Taliban sub-commander known to conduct IED attacks against coalition force convoys and facilitate explosives for his network. The security force surrounded the targeted compound east of Sharan and Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to peacefully exit the buildings. Three men attempted to disguise themselves by dressing in female attire before exiting the compound; however they were immediately identified and detained for further questioning. In total, the sub-commander and several suspected insurgents were captured.
“We continue to aggressively pursue known enemies of the Afghan people,” said Col. Rafael Torres, ISAF Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center director. “The effective operations, which are carefully planned and executed to mitigate civilian casualties, will continue to create the time and space necessary for enduring governance and development initiatives to take root.”
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases