Afghanistan — Combined Force Kills Insurgents in Helmand Province

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2010 — A part­nered Afghan and Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force patrol yes­ter­day killed sev­er­al insur­gents and detained sev­er­al oth­ers dur­ing an oper­a­tion to detain a Tal­iban leader in the Nad‑e Ali dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Hel­mand province, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

Mul­ti­ple intel­li­gence reports and tips from local res­i­dents led the com­bined force to the sus­pect­ed Tal­iban leader’s com­pound. The Tal­iban leader is respon­si­ble for the plan­ning, coor­di­na­tion and exe­cu­tion of numer­ous small-arms and bomb­ing attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces, offi­cials said. 

Two armed insur­gents were killed when they threat­ened the secu­ri­ty force. Anoth­er sus­pect­ed insur­gent was killed when he moved in an aggres­sive man­ner toward the secu­ri­ty forces, fail­ing to obey numer­ous voice com­mands and warn­ing shots from Afghan forces. 

The secu­ri­ty force found and destroyed sev­er­al auto­mat­ic weapons, assort­ed ammu­ni­tion and a hand­gun. Sev­er­al men were detained after they test­ed pos­i­tive for recent­ly han­dling explo­sives, and they were turned over to Afghan secu­ri­ty forces for questioning. 

In oth­er news from Afghanistan: 

— An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Haqqani ter­ror­ist net­work facil­i­ta­tor for weapons, fight­ers and equip­ment used in attacks, along with more than 10 of his asso­ciates, dur­ing an overnight oper­a­tion in Khost province’s Sabari dis­trict. The secu­ri­ty force found auto­mat­ic weapons, a machine gun, a pis­tol, grenades, a silencer and var­i­ous types of ammu­ni­tion at the scene. 

— In south­ern Kan­da­har province, a com­bined force tar­get­ing a Tal­iban leader for a Tarnek wa Jal­dak dis­trict cell that con­ducts road­side-bomb attacks along the heav­i­ly trav­eled High­way 1 detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents dur­ing an intel­li­gence-dri­ven overnight operation. 

— Coali­tion forces con­duct­ed a pre­ci­sion air strike in Khost province yes­ter­day, tar­get­ing a Haqqani leader who coor­di­nates and con­ducts attacks using rock­ets, mor­tars, recoil­less rifles and machine guns. He also was respon­si­ble for a recent ambush using a house boo­by-trapped to explode, tar­get­ing Afghan and coali­tion forces in the province’s Sabari dis­trict. Coali­tion forces tracked the leader to a remote area and con­duct­ed the air strike, killing one insur­gent, after ver­i­fy­ing insur­gent activ­i­ty and care­ful­ly plan­ning to avoid civil­ian causal­i­ties. A fol­low-on ground assess­ment turned up mul­ti­ple auto­mat­ic weapons and a pis­tol at the scene. 

— Afghan and ISAF forces took charge of a Tal­iban leader after he turned him­self in at an ISAF base in Log­ar province’s Pul‑e Alam dis­trict Nov. 1. The Tal­iban leader planned, coor­di­nat­ed and exe­cut­ed bomb­ing attacks against Afghan and ISAF forces and also facil­i­tat­ed weapons, sui­cide bombers and road­side bombs in Log­ar, War­dak and Kab­ul provinces. He also alleged­ly worked with oth­er Tal­iban lead­ers in plan­ning, coor­di­nat­ing and exe­cut­ing attacks in Kab­ul city. With the sup­port of local elders and after assess­ing the cur­rent envi­ron­ment, the Tal­iban leader decid­ed to turn him­self in, offi­cials said. 

— A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion patrol found a weapons cache in Kan­da­har province’s Shah Wali Kot dis­trict yes­ter­day. While con­duct­ing a pres­ence patrol, the com­bined force came under rock­et fire from insur­gents on near­by high ground. The joint secu­ri­ty patrol returned fire using air and ground assets. After the fir­ing stopped, the secu­ri­ty force moved to and occu­pied the desert­ed insur­gent fir­ing posi­tions. Act­ing on tips, the force moved to a near­by com­pound, where they found and destroyed numer­ous road­side-bomb ini­ti­a­tion devices, bomb com­po­nents, grenades, det­o­na­tors, machine-gun ammu­ni­tion, ball bear­ings and auto­mat­ic weapons. 

Afghan and coali­tion forces pro­tect any women and chil­dren present dur­ing their oper­a­tions, offi­cials said. 

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

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