Afghanistan — Combined Forces Conduct Operations in Kandahar

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 24, 2010 — Afghan and inter­na­tion­al forces in south­ern Afghanistan con­duct­ed sev­er­al oper­a­tions in and around Kan­da­har over the last two days, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

A com­bined secu­ri­ty force destroyed a major road­side-bomb fac­to­ry, killed the Pan­jwai dis­trict Tal­iban com­man­der and sev­er­al oth­er insur­gents, and cap­tured a num­ber of oth­er insur­gents after an air strike in Kan­da­har province yesterday. 

The deceased Tal­iban com­man­der, Izzat­ul­lah, had planned and con­duct­ed attacks against coali­tion forces and was involved in the attack on Sar­poza prison out­side of Kan­da­har City in June 2008, offi­cials said. 

After ver­i­fy­ing insur­gent activ­i­ty, the com­bined force care­ful­ly planned the oper­a­tion to avoid civil­ian casu­al­ties and mit­i­gate col­lat­er­al dam­age, and then called in a pre­ci­sion air strike, which destroyed the bomb-man­u­fac­tur­ing site. Fol­low­ing the air strike, a com­bined secu­ri­ty force quick­ly over­whelmed insur­gent forces defend­ing the area. 

Post-strike assess­ment revealed large quan­ti­ties of bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als, as well as mul­ti­ple auto­mat­ic weapons, rock­et-pro­pelled grenade launch­ers with RPG rounds, and com­mu­ni­ca­tions equipment. 

The Zharay dis­trict gov­er­nor con­firmed the Tal­iban deaths and thanked the com­bined force for its efforts. 

A sep­a­rate Afghan-inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty force detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Kan­da­har province yes­ter­day. The sus­pect­ed insur­gents were trav­el­ling on a motor­cy­cle in the Mai­wand dis­trict when they were stopped for ques­tion­ing and then detained. No shots were fired. 

Anoth­er Afghan-inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty force detained a sus­pect­ed insur­gent in Kan­da­har province last night. The secu­ri­ty force detained the man while Afghan forces were clear­ing a series of com­pounds near Kan­da­har City. No shots were fired, and women and chil­dren present dur­ing the search were pro­tect­ed by the com­bined force. 

Since the begin­ning of May, offi­cials said, secu­ri­ty forces have con­duct­ed numer­ous suc­cess­ful offen­sive oper­a­tions in Kan­da­har province, cap­tur­ing or killing numer­ous insur­gents, includ­ing almost a dozen Tal­iban commanders. 

“With our Afghan part­ners, [the Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force] will con­tin­ue to expand its oper­a­tions in and around Kan­da­har in order to cre­ate the space need­ed so the Afghan gov­ern­ment can pro­vide improved gov­er­nance and essen­tial ser­vices to the peo­ple of Kan­da­har,” said Marine Corps Col. William Maxwell, ISAF Joint Command’s oper­a­tions cen­ter director. 

In oper­a­tions out­side of Kan­da­har, an Afghan-inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty force used pre­ci­sion air strikes to kill a num­ber of insur­gents in Kun­duz province last night while pur­su­ing a Tal­iban sub­com­man­der who played a cru­cial role in the ambush of a Ger­man con­voy in Cha­har Darah dis­trict last month. The strikes were con­duct­ed in an unpop­u­lat­ed area of Cha­har Darah dis­trict, and coali­tion forces ensured there were no civil­ian casu­al­ties, offi­cials said. 

An Afghan-inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty force detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Pak­tiya province last night dur­ing con­tin­u­ing oper­a­tions aimed at dis­man­tling a sui­cide-bomb­ing ring blamed for sev­er­al attacks. The ter­ror­ist ring is known to use vehi­cle-borne bombs and sui­cide bombers to tar­get Afghan sol­diers and police and inter­na­tion­al forces, offi­cials said. 

The com­bined secu­ri­ty force detained the indi­vid­u­als while search­ing a series of com­pounds in the Gardez dis­trict. The secu­ri­ty force also found a grenade and a weapon at the scene. No shots were fired, and women and chil­dren present dur­ing the search were pro­tect­ed by the com­bined secu­ri­ty force. 

An Afghan-inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty force detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Zab­ul province last night while pur­su­ing a Tal­iban cell leader and facil­i­ta­tor sus­pect­ed of procur­ing road­side bombs, weapons and ammu­ni­tion for the Tal­iban. The com­bined secu­ri­ty force detained the sus­pect­ed insur­gents after Afghan forces cleared an area near a truck stop in the Shinkai dis­trict. No shots were fired. 

From an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Release 

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