Afghanistan — Afghan, Coalition Forces Continue Operations

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2010 — Afghan and inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty forces killed or detained numer­ous ene­my fight­ers and seized ille­gal drugs and weapons in recent oper­a­tions in Afghanistan, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

— A com­bined Afghan-inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty force detained a num­ber of sus­pect­ed insur­gents last night in Hel­mand. While pro­tect­ing women and chil­dren who were present, the com­bined secu­ri­ty force found auto­mat­ic weapons, grenades, mil­i­tary gear and hero­in dur­ing the sweep.

— A com­bined force killed an insur­gent and detained sev­er­al sus­pects in Kun­duz province last night. When approach­ing a com­pound sus­pect­ed of host­ing insur­gent activ­i­ty, the force imme­di­ate­ly was engaged by a heav­i­ly armed insur­gent, and the secu­ri­ty force returned fire, killing him. Insur­gent fight­ers in the com­pound also shot three rock­et-pro­pelled grenades at the assault force, but the shots were inef­fec­tive. After the fight­ing ceased, Afghan forces used a loud­speak­er to call for all occu­pants to come out peace­ful­ly. When no one com­plied, the secu­ri­ty force cleared and secured the build­ings and detained the sus­pect­ed insur­gents. Auto­mat­ic weapons, mag­a­zines and ammu­ni­tion hold­ers were found at the scene.

— In Kan­da­har province last night, an Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force detained a Tal­iban com­man­der, his deputy and sev­er­al oth­er sus­pect­ed insur­gents. The com­man­der and deputy are known to coor­di­nate bomb­ing attacks against Afghan civil­ians and coali­tion forces, and also are weapons traf­fick­ers. The insur­gents were detained after the com­bined secu­ri­ty force inter­viewed res­i­dents of a tar­get­ed com­pound in Mol­la Alam Kalay, out­side Kan­da­har City. No shots were fired, and the secu­ri­ty force pro­tect­ed women and chil­dren who were present.

— Also last night, an Afghan-inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty force detained a sus­pect­ed insur­gent in Kapisa province while pur­su­ing a Tal­iban com­man­der respon­si­ble for bomb­ing and ambush attacks against coali­tion forces. The secu­ri­ty force went to a series of com­pounds in the province’s Tagab dis­trict, and Afghan sol­diers used a loud­speak­er to call for occu­pants of the first com­pound to come out peace­ful­ly. One insur­gent escaped the tar­get­ed com­pound and hid in a near­by com­pound. When the secu­ri­ty force went to inves­ti­gate, the sus­pect­ed insur­gent attempt­ed to engage them with a pis­tol, and he was killed.

— An ISAF patrol dis­cov­ered weapons and drugs in Helmand’s Nawah-ye Barakzai dis­trict yes­ter­day. The cache con­sist­ed of 21 RPGs, six RPG motors, nine hand grenades, 22 pounds of home-made explo­sives and more than 30 pounds of hero­in. The sus­pect­ed insur­gents were detained, and the drugs and weapons were destroyed. — Afghan forces dis­armed two rock­ets set on tim­ing devices that were ready to fire into the Afghan cap­i­tal of Kab­ul from Kab­ul province’s Khak‑e Jab­bar dis­trict yes­ter­day.

— An Afghan-inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty force killed a Tal­iban com­man­der and a num­ber of insur­gents in the Bala Boluk dis­trict of Farah province yes­ter­day. The com­man­der was respon­si­ble for bring­ing for­eign fight­ers from Iran into Afghanistan.
The com­bined secu­ri­ty force went to a train­ing camp for Tal­iban and for­eign fight­ers based on tips pro­vid­ed to the secu­ri­ty force. As the secu­ri­ty force approached, a group of indi­vid­u­als fired on them. A coali­tion air­craft pro­vid­ed sup­pres­sive fire to allow the secu­ri­ty force to close in on the sus­pect­ed insur­gents.
Dur­ing the assault, an ene­my fight­er det­o­nat­ed a home­made bomb, but no secu­ri­ty force mem­bers were injured by the blast. Dur­ing the ini­tial sweep, the secu­ri­ty force found that one of the dead fight­ers had boo­by trapped him­self with a hand grenade rigged to det­o­nate if moved. There were no injuries as a result of the sub­se­quent det­o­na­tion. The secu­ri­ty force con­tin­ued to pur­sue the retreat­ing insur­gents, sev­er­al of whom engaged the force from a truck poor­ly dis­guised as an Afghan police vehi­cle. A coali­tion air­craft returned fire, killing the insur­gents. The secu­ri­ty force secured the area and found mul­ti­ple auto­mat­ic weapons, hand grenades, small arms, bomb-mak­ing com­po­nents, RPG launch­ers and mul­ti­ple rock­ets.

— Insur­gents killed two Afghan civil­ians and wound­ed four oth­ers with indi­rect fire near the Musa Khel dis­trict cen­ter in Khost province yes­ter­day. Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force offi­cials said insur­gents have killed 76 civil­ians and wound­ed 147 more in the past two weeks.

— An Afghan-inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty force con­duct­ed a pre­ci­sion strike on a Tal­iban com­man­der direct­ly con­nect­ed to a July 2 attack near the Ari­ana hotel in Kun­duz province yes­ter­day. Sev­er­al oth­er insur­gents also were killed in the strike. The Kun­duz police chief report­ed that the Tal­iban com­man­der was killed in the strike, but Afghan and coali­tion forces were still gath­er­ing infor­ma­tion to con­firm the report. The Tal­iban com­man­der had con­nec­tions to Tal­iban lead­er­ship based in Afghanistan and Pak­istan, and was active­ly involved in road­side-bomb attacks. He open­ly claimed respon­si­bil­i­ty for the July 2 vehi­cle-bomb attack on a U.S. Agency for Inter­na­tion­al Devel­op­ment sta­tion near the Ari­ana hotel that killed two civil­ians and wound­ed sev­en more. After coali­tion forces ver­i­fied insur­gent activ­i­ty and care­ful­ly planned to avoid civil­ian casu­al­ties and col­lat­er­al dam­age, the strike was called in on the tar­get in a field far away from any vil­lages. No civil­ians were wound­ed or killed.

— An Afghan-inter­na­tion­al force cap­tured two Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tors the night of July 14. The facil­i­ta­tors were asso­ci­at­ed with the Kab­ul attack net­work and were con­sid­ered a direct threat to the Inter­na­tion­al Kab­ul Con­fer­ence, offi­cials said. One is linked to at least three sui­cide attacks, and the oth­er is a known road­side-bomb facil­i­ta­tor. The secu­ri­ty force went to a com­pound in Kab­ul, and Afghan forces used a loud­speak­er to call for the occu­pants to come out peace­ful­ly. After the com­pounds were cleared and secured, the com­bined secu­ri­ty force detained the two facil­i­ta­tors. The Kab­ul Inter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence brings togeth­er rep­re­sen­ta­tives of more than 70 part­ner coun­tries, inter­na­tion­al and region­al orga­ni­za­tions and finan­cial insti­tu­tions to delib­er­ate and endorse an Afghan gov­ern­ment-led plan for improved devel­op­ment, gov­er­nance and sta­bil­i­ty.

— A com­bined secu­ri­ty force detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Helmand’s Lashkar Gah dis­trict the night of July 14 while pur­su­ing the Tal­iban deputy dis­trict com­man­der for the dis­trict, who is known to con­duct intim­i­da­tion cam­paigns against area res­i­dents. Dur­ing the oper­a­tion, the joint secu­ri­ty force found bomb-mak­ing com­po­nents, mil­i­tary gear and Pak­istani doc­u­ments. The sus­pect­ed insur­gents were detained for fur­ther ques­tion­ing after the secu­ri­ty force inter­viewed res­i­dents of the tar­get­ed com­pounds.

— In Nan­garhar province July 14, an Afghan-inter­na­tion­al force cap­tured a Tal­iban sub­com­man­der direct­ly linked to a June 30 sui­cide-bomb­ing attack against Jalal­abad Air­field, in which six to eight Tal­iban insur­gents tried to breach the main gate by det­o­nat­ing a vehi­cle-borne bomb. They were repelled dur­ing a fire­fight with ISAF and Afghan secu­ri­ty forces man­ning the perime­ter and nev­er made it inside the gates. The Tal­iban com­man­der also is direct­ly linked to a Sep­tem­ber 2008 ambush that wound­ed three coali­tion forces mem­bers.

— A com­bined Afghan-inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty force detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Zab­ul province the night of July 14 while pur­su­ing a Tal­iban com­man­der who pur­chas­es and dis­trib­utes bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als and com­mands Tal­iban forces in the province. The com­man­der is respon­si­ble for a Novem­ber sui­cide attack against an ISAF for­ward oper­at­ing base that killed an Afghan civil­ian and two coali­tion forces sol­diers and wound­ed two oth­er ISAF troops. No shots were fired, and the force pro­tect­ed women and chil­dren who were present.

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releas­es