Afghanistan — Combined Forces Kill 3 Insurgents

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2010 — Afghan and coali­tion forces killed three insur­gents and detained three oth­ers yes­ter­day dur­ing their con­tin­u­ing pur­suit of a Tal­iban sub­com­man­der respon­si­ble for lead­ing attacks against Afghan civil­ians and Afghan and coali­tion forces in Afghanistan’s Pak­tia province, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

As the assault force approached a tar­get­ed com­pound, three armed insur­gents ran out and posed an immi­nent threat on the assault force. The assault force engaged and killed the insur­gents, who were armed with assault rifles, grenades, a rock­et-pro­pelled grenade launch­er and mul­ti­ple rounds of ammunition. 

After ques­tion­ing all of the res­i­dents at the scene, the secu­ri­ty force detained three more sus­pect­ed insur­gents. They also found an auto­mat­ic weapon with rounds in the com­pound. The secu­ri­ty force pro­tect­ed women and chil­dren through­out the search. 

In oth­er news from Afghanistan, a coali­tion com­bat out­post came under insur­gent fire yes­ter­day in Kunar province’s Darah-ye Pech dis­trict. The coali­tion force respond­ed with mor­tar fire and called for air support. 

An insur­gent round land­ed short of its tar­get, report­ed­ly killing an Afghan civil­ian in a corn­field. Coali­tion oper­a­tional reports con­firm that four insur­gents were killed when pre­ci­sion-guid­ed muni­tions were used on a ridge­line near where the insur­gent fire originated. 

Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force offi­cials said they are aware of civil­ian casu­al­ty alle­ga­tions and are con­duct­ing an investigation. 

“We take alle­ga­tions of civil­ian casu­al­ties seri­ous­ly,” said Air Force Col. James Dawkins, ISAF Joint Command’s com­bined joint oper­a­tions cen­ter direc­tor. “We’re inves­ti­gat­ing to find out what happened.” 

In an Aug. 25 oper­a­tion, an Afghan-led force dis­cov­ered a large weapons cache in a remote vil­lage in Badakhshan province. 

The cache con­sist­ed of 78 107 mm rock­ets with launch­ers, 47 82 mm mor­tar rounds, more than 1,100 rounds of 30 mm ammu­ni­tion, 8,000 rounds of 7.62 mm machine-gun ammu­ni­tion, 24 rock­et-pro­pelled grenades, 60 fus­es and anti-air­craft artillery parts. With help from pack ani­mals sup­plied by vil­lagers, the cache was moved to a safe loca­tion before being destroyed. 

Afghan sol­diers part­nered with agents from the Drug Enforce­ment Agency, the Afghan Nation­al Inter­dic­tion Unit and U.S. Spe­cial Forces, dis­cov­ered the cache in Naw­ci, a vil­lage sus­pect­ed of being a safe haven for Tal­iban drug and weapon smug­glers oper­at­ing in the area and an infil­tra­tion route for for­eign fight­ers oper­at­ing through­out Afghanistan’s north­east­ern provinces. 

The part­nered force estab­lished secu­ri­ty around the cache site to pro­tect local vil­lagers and then met with vil­lage elders to dis­cuss any con­cerns. Because of the remote­ness of the vil­lage, the meet­ing was only the sec­ond oppor­tu­ni­ty coali­tion forces have had to speak with vil­lagers in Naw­ci, offi­cials said. 

Also on Aug. 25, Afghan forces part­nered with ISAF forces con­clud­ed a com­bined secu­ri­ty sweep of east­ern Afghanistan’s Uzbeen Val­ley area. 

The oper­a­tion began Aug. 21 with an air assault of Afghan, French and U.S. sol­diers and focused on clear­ing the area, root­ing out ene­my insur­gent fight­ers and secur­ing and destroy­ing ille­gal explo­sives and muni­tions, offi­cials said. 

After ini­tial suc­cess in which about 40 Tal­iban fight­ers were killed and sev­er­al key Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tors were cap­tured, offi­cials said, oper­a­tions tran­si­tioned toward the dis­rup­tion of insur­gent net­works and the elim­i­na­tion of explo­sives and weapons. 

The com­bined force con­sist­ed of 430 French sol­diers from Task Force Bison, 360 U.S. sol­diers from Task Force Iron Grey, 200 sol­diers from the 201st Corps of the Afghan Nation­al Army that were inte­grat­ed into both task forces, 60 Afghan com­man­dos from Kan­dak Com­man­do, and ele­ments of the Afghan Nation­al Police in part­ner­ship with French police liai­son teams. Six­ty rock­ets and mor­tars were found and safe­ly destroyed, as well as a large quan­ti­ty of home­made explo­sives and mate­ri­als used in build­ing road­side bombs. In addi­tion to the muni­tions, two lab­o­ra­to­ries used in forg­ing fake iden­ti­fi­ca­tions and offi­cial papers were found and destroyed. 

The Afghan and coali­tion forces con­duct­ed sev­er­al meet­ings with local res­i­dents dur­ing the five-day oper­a­tion, explain­ing what they were doing and address­ing con­cerns that arose as the com­bined oper­a­tion moved through the area. Par­tic­u­lar atten­tion was paid to cul­tur­al sen­si­tiv­i­ties and the height­ened require­ments of a local pop­u­la­tion that is immersed in the obser­vance of the Mus­lim holy month of Ramadan, offi­cials said. 

Mean­while, ISAF offi­cials con­firmed the cap­ture of a senior Haqqani ter­ror­ist net­work com­man­der dur­ing a com­bined Afghan and coali­tion oper­a­tion Aug. 25. The com­man­der, who coor­di­nates and con­ducts attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces, was among sev­er­al insur­gents detained after intel­li­gence indi­cat­ed the group was gath­er­ing for an upcom­ing com­plex attack con­sist­ing of sui­cide bombers and a vehi­cle-borne bomb. 

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

Face­book and/or on Twit­ter

Team GlobDef

Seit 2001 ist im Internet unterwegs, um mit eigenen Analysen, interessanten Kooperationen und umfassenden Informationen für einen spannenden Überblick der Weltlage zu sorgen. war dabei die erste deutschsprachige Internetseite, die mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheitspolitik außerhalb von Hochschulen oder Instituten aufgetreten ist.

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →