Afghanistan — Combined Force Captures Haqqani Shadow Governor

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2010 — An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force cap­tured the Haqqani ter­ror­ist network’s shad­ow gov­er­nor for the Spera dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Khost province dur­ing an intel­li­gence-dri­ven overnight oper­a­tion, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The shad­ow gov­er­nor coor­di­nates the facil­i­ta­tion of for­eign fight­ers from Pak­istan, and he coor­di­nates and con­ducts ambush attacks in the dis­trict, offi­cials said.

In oth­er news from Afghanistan:

— A com­bined Afghan and Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force patrol killed an insur­gent dur­ing an oper­a­tion in Kan­da­har province’s Shah Wali Kot dis­trict yes­ter­day. The armed insur­gent was killed when he pre­sent­ed a threat as the patrol was search­ing a vil­lage, where they found and destroyed bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als, a small amount of wet opi­um and an assault rifle with asso­ci­at­ed ammu­ni­tion.

— An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Haqqani facil­i­ta­tor respon­si­ble for the move­ment of bomb com­po­nents and the plant­i­ng of road­side bombs through­out Khost province’s Sabari dis­trict in an overnight intel­li­gence-dri­ven oper­a­tion. The secu­ri­ty force also detained sev­er­al of the facilitator’s asso­ciates and found auto­mat­ic weapons at the scene.

— A com­bined secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ing a Haqqani leader who coor­di­nates attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces and leads a group of fight­ers detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents dur­ing an intel­li­gence-dri­ven overnight oper­a­tion in Pak­ti­ka province’s Nikeh dis­trict. The secu­ri­ty force also found auto­mat­ic weapons at the scene.

— In Ghazni province overnight, a com­bined secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ing a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor, detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents dur­ing an intel­li­gence-dri­ven oper­a­tion.

— A part­nered Afghan and coali­tion force tar­get­ing a senior Tal­iban leader in charge of a road­side-bomb cell in the Kan­da­har City area detained three sus­pect­ed insur­gents dur­ing an overnight oper­a­tion in Kan­da­har province.

— An Afghan and ISAF patrol arrest­ed an insur­gent leader want­ed on an Afghan gov­ern­ment war­rant yes­ter­day in Par­wan province’s Charikar dis­trict in an oper­a­tion aid­ed by intel­li­gence infor­ma­tion and tips from local res­i­dents. He alleged­ly directs cells of about 40 fight­ers who attack Afghan and ISAF forces for the Hezb-E Isla­mi Gul­bun­nin ter­ror­ist group. He also is respon­si­ble for the plan­ning, coor­di­na­tion and exe­cu­tion of mor­tar attacks on Bagram Air­field. Sev­er­al auto­mat­ic weapons, asso­ci­at­ed ammu­ni­tion, grenades and com­mu­ni­ca­tion devices were found in a search of his res­i­dence.

ISAF offi­cials con­firmed that Faiz Moham­mad, a senior Haqqani leader who coor­di­nat­ed and con­duct­ed attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces, was killed as he plant­ed a road­side bomb in Khost province Nov. 3. Offi­cials also con­firmed the death of Haji Malang, a Tal­iban leader, dur­ing a Nov. 2 oper­a­tion to detain him in Hel­mand province’s Nad-e Ali dis­trict.

Afghan and coali­tion forces pro­tect­ed any women and chil­dren present dur­ing the oper­a­tions, offi­cials said.

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releas­es

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