Afghanistan — Afghan, Coalition Forces Target Insurgents

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2010 — Afghan and coali­tion forces con­tin­ued to tar­get Tal­iban lead­ers and mem­bers of oth­er insur­gent groups in recent oper­a­tions in Afghanistan, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty forces cap­tured sev­er­al Haqqani ter­ror­ist net­work mem­bers and sev­er­al Tal­iban lead­ers, includ­ing a dual-hat­ted Tal­iban sub­com­man­der and al-Qai­da group leader dur­ing 36 sep­a­rate oper­a­tions this week, offi­cials said, adding that more than 83 per­cent of the oper­a­tions were con­duct­ed with­out shots being fired due to mea­sures tak­en to avoid civil­ian casu­al­ties.

The Afghan-led oper­a­tions result­ed in more than 110 sus­pect­ed insur­gents detained and more than 20 insur­gents killed.

Afghan civil­ians in Kun­duz province wit­nessed Tal­iban insur­gents attack­ing a police sta­tion in the Ali­abad dis­trict. After the insur­gents fled, an air weapons team engaged after they deter­mined no civil­ians were in the area. Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force offi­cials con­firmed the engage­ment killed Abu Baqir, a dual-hat­ted Tal­iban sub­com­man­der and al-Qai­da group leader.

Lat­er that day, Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty forces struck at the Tal­iban lead­er­ship con­nect­ed to bomb-attack net­works and attack plan­ning in two east­ern Afghanistan provinces. Secu­ri­ty forces cap­tured a Tal­iban sub­com­man­der in Paktika’s Mota Khan dis­trict. Just north in Log­ar, a sep­a­rate secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor. Both Tal­iban fig­ures pro­vid­ed mate­ri­als and planned attacks against Afghan civil­ian and Afghan and coali­tion forces.

A com­bined secu­ri­ty force dis­cov­ered and destroyed a large Tal­iban weapons cache in Kan­da­har province the night of Aug. 17. The ensu­ing fire­fight result­ed in 10 insur­gents killed. Afghan-led forces also tar­get­ed the Haqqani net­work in east­ern Afghanistan this week. Over the past three days, the secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Haqqani facil­i­ta­tor in Khost and a Haqqani sub­com­man­der in Pak­tia. Both Haqqani lead­ers are involved in the logis­tics of bomb­ing attacks. In oth­er recent oper­a­tions:

— An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Zab­ul province yes­ter­day while in pur­suit of a Tal­iban com­man­der who leads one of the pri­ma­ry bomb-attack cells in Mizan dis­trict and also is involved in intim­i­da­tion cam­paigns against Afghan civil­ians who allow their chil­dren to attend school. The secu­ri­ty force did not fire their weapons, and they pro­tect­ed women and chil­dren for the dura­tion of the search.

— In Log­ar province, an Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force con­duct­ed oper­a­tions while in pur­suit of a Tal­iban com­man­der asso­ci­at­ed with the Kab­ul attack net­work. The com­man­der for­mer­ly held sev­er­al Tal­iban posi­tions, includ­ing deputy shad­ow gov­er­nor, mil­i­tary com­man­der and intel­li­gence chief for Log­ar. Dur­ing the oper­a­tion, 12 Tal­iban insur­gents, includ­ing the Tal­iban com­man­der, were killed after intel­li­gence sources observed a large gath­er­ing of Tal­iban insur­gents in the Pul-e Alam dis­trict prepar­ing to con­duct an attack against coali­tion forces. After ensur­ing no civil­ians were present, an air weapons team engaged the group, killing nine insur­gents. Coali­tion forces then con­duct­ed a pre­ci­sion air strike and air assault on the objec­tive loca­tion, killing three more insur­gents and destroy­ing a large weapons cache that includ­ed rock­ets, mines, bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als and var­i­ous types of ammu­ni­tion.

— An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force pur­sued sev­er­al Jamaat ul Dawa al-Quran com­man­ders respon­si­ble for plan­ning and con­duct­ing attacks and pro­pa­gan­da cam­paigns in Kunar province yes­ter­day. The Jamaat ul Dawa al-Quran is a fun­da­men­tal­ist Islam­ic group that dif­fers from the Tal­iban in their belief that fol­low­ers should strict­ly abide by the Hadith and Quran texts and not rely on a cler­ic to inter­pret them, as the Tal­iban does. Sev­er­al insur­gents were detained, and three insur­gents were killed. After ques­tion­ing all the res­i­dents of a com­pound, the secu­ri­ty force detained sus­pect­ed insur­gents with­out inci­dent. As the assault force moved on the final tar­get­ed com­pound, sev­er­al armed insur­gents engaged the assault force by throw­ing grenades and fir­ing their assault rifles. The secu­ri­ty force returned fire, killing three insur­gents.

— Also yes­ter­day, coali­tion forces locat­ed and seized a weapons cache in Kab­ul province’s Shakar Darah dis­trict. Intel­li­gence sources and tips from Afghan civil­ians led coali­tion forces to the cache loca­tion. The oper­a­tion recov­ered two 107 mm rock­ets, 20 82 mm mor­tars, six fus­es and about 7 pounds of home­made explo­sives, which were tak­en to a local range for destruc­tion.

In oth­er news from Afghanistan, the chief of police for the Daman dis­trict of Kan­da­har province was among 13 Afghan police offi­cers and civil­ians killed and wound­ed in an insur­gent vehi­cle-borne bomb­ing attack yes­ter­day.

Accord­ing to reports, the insur­gent pulled along­side the police chief’s vehi­cle while trav­el­ing toward Kan­da­har City and det­o­nat­ed the explo­sives-laden vehi­cle. Four Afghan police offi­cers and four civil­ians were wound­ed in the attack.

Source:
Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releas­es

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