Afghanistan — Force Kills Two Insurgents, Detains Others

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2011 — A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force killed two insur­gents and detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader in the Bagh­lan-e Jadid dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Bagh­lan province yes­ter­day, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The leader serves on the district’s Tal­iban com­mis­sion and pre­vi­ous­ly led a group of 10 fight­ers. He also works with area com­mis­sion mem­bers and oth­er Tal­iban lead­ers to plan attacks.

Dur­ing the oper­a­tion, sev­er­al insur­gents armed with assault rifles attacked the Afghan-led secu­ri­ty force. The force respond­ed, killing the insur­gents and detain­ing sev­er­al oth­ers with sus­pect­ed ties to Tal­iban activ­i­ty in a sub­se­quent search.

In oth­er oper­a­tions in Afghanistan yes­ter­day:

— A com­bined force in Kan­da­har province’s Spin Boldak dis­trict detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader who com­mands a Tal­iban attack cell and is recruit­ing for a new mili­tia.

— In Zab­ul province’s Shah Joy dis­trict, a com­bined force detained sev­er­al peo­ple with sus­pect­ed ties to Tal­iban activ­i­ty while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader who plans bomb­ing attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces along High­way 1 in the dis­trict.

— A com­bined force detained a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor and sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Hel­mand province’s Nahr-e Saraj dis­trict. The facil­i­ta­tor coor­di­nat­ed move­ment of home­made-bomb com­po­nents and relayed sit­u­a­tion­al reports to senior lead­er­ship after attacks occurred.

— In War­dak province’s Chak dis­trict, a com­bined force detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader who plans and coor­di­nates bomb­ing attacks against Afghan forces.

— An Afghan-led force in Ghazni province’s Ghazni dis­trict detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader who com­mands about 15 fight­ers in attacks on Afghan secu­ri­ty forces along High­way 1. The force also found rock­et-pro­pelled grenade boost­ers and oth­er large muni­tions.

— In Ghazni’s Deh Yak dis­trict, a com­bined force found and destroyed four 105 mm high-explo­sion mor­tar rounds, a 105 mm smoke round and 35 blast­ing caps.

— A com­bined force in Khost province’s Musa Khel dis­trict detained two peo­ple with sus­pect­ed asso­ci­a­tions to Tal­iban activ­i­ty while search­ing for a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor who is respon­si­ble for the move­ment of sup­plies and equip­ment to Haqqani ter­ror­ist network’s senior lead­er­ship in Miram Shah, Pak­istan. The force also con­fis­cat­ed mul­ti­ple grenades, an assault rifle and chest racks.

— Based on intel­li­gence tips, an Afghan-led force in Khost province’s Sabari dis­trict detained sev­er­al peo­ple with sus­pect­ed ties to the Haqqani net­work while search­ing for a Haqqani leader who facil­i­tates and coor­di­nates indi­rect-fire, road­side-bomb and car-bomb attacks against the Afghan army. The force also found mul­ti­ple grenade fus­es, rifles, loose ammu­ni­tion and chest racks.

— In Nan­garhar province’s Surkh Rod dis­trict, a com­bined force detained a sus­pect­ed insur­gent while search­ing for a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor who moves weapons and bombs for attacks. He also is asso­ci­at­ed with a Feb­ru­ary attack on a bank in the Afghan cap­i­tal of Kab­ul that killed sev­er­al Afghan civil­ians and wound­ed many oth­ers.

— A com­bined force recov­ered a remote-con­trolled bomb at a pos­si­ble train­ing facil­i­ty for such devices in Kun­duz province’s Khan­abad dis­trict.

— In Ghazni province’s Ghazni dis­trict, a com­bined force detained two insur­gents and found 320 12.7 mm machine-gun rounds and 331 pounds of explo­sives.

— In Ghazni province’s Gelan dis­trict, a com­bined force killed sev­er­al insur­gents while con­duct­ing a search prompt­ed by reports of insur­gent attacks. The com­bined force received small-arms and rock­et-pro­pelled grenade fire from a build­ing near­by and respond­ed with close-air sup­port, killing sev­er­al insur­gents.

In a June 1 oper­a­tion, a com­bined force in Log­ar province’s Charkh dis­trict found 28 assault rifles with 112 rifle mag­a­zines, three rock­et-pro­pelled grenade launch­ers, eight RPGs, 10 RPG boost­ers and 1,000 rounds of machine gun ammu­ni­tion.

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

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