Afghanistan — Forces in Afghanistan Capture Suspected Insurgents

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2010 — Afghan and coali­tion forces cap­tured numer­ous sus­pect­ed insur­gents in recent oper­a­tions in Afghanistan, and insur­gents have con­tin­ued killing civil­ians as they seek to intim­i­date the pop­u­la­tion, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force detained four sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Pak­tia province last night, includ­ing a Haqqani ter­ror­ist net­work sub­com­man­der who facil­i­tates the move­ment of weapons into the province’s Gardez dis­trict. The com­man­der was in direct con­tact with senior Haqqani lead­er­ship oper­at­ing in the Khost-Gardez area and in Pak­istan, offi­cials said. 

The secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a com­pound near the vil­lage in Gardez dis­trict and secured the area. Afghan forces then called for all res­i­dents to come out of the com­pound peace­ful­ly. After ini­tial ques­tion­ing, the insur­gent com­man­der and three addi­tion­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents were detained. Mul­ti­ple auto­mat­ic weapons, mag­a­zines, grenades and chest racks were found, along with a blast­ing cap. 

An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force detained three sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Hel­mand province’s Nad‑e Ali dis­trict last night while in pur­suit of a senior Tal­iban tac­ti­cal com­man­der who reg­u­lar­ly con­ducts kid­nap­pings and intim­i­da­tion cam­paigns against Afghan civil­ians. He also is known to direct bomb­ing attacks against Afghan civil­ians and coali­tion forces. 

When Afghan forces called for all res­i­dents to peace­ful­ly come out of the tar­get­ed com­pound, two men tried to escape and were detained imme­di­ate­ly. A total of three sus­pect­ed insur­gents were detained for fur­ther questioning. 

A com­bined secu­ri­ty force detained three sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Khost province’s Khost dis­trict last night while in pur­suit of a Haqqani bomb­ing-attack attack facil­i­ta­tor. No shots were fired, and the secu­ri­ty force pro­tect­ed women and chil­dren who were present dur­ing the operations. 

In oth­er news from Afghanistan, coali­tion forces took advan­tage of a brief tar­get of oppor­tu­ni­ty ear­li­er this week by con­duct­ing sev­er­al pre­ci­sion strikes on a bunker com­plex in Pak­tia province where the senior Haqqani net­work com­man­der for Khost-Gardez Pass was believed to be hid­ing, offi­cials said. The com­man­der was respon­si­ble for com­mand and con­trol of all Haqqani and for­eign fight­er camps in the area. Afghan and coali­tion forces still are gath­er­ing infor­ma­tion to con­firm the commander’s death, offi­cials said, adding that at least a dozen insur­gents report­ed­ly were killed in the strikes. 

Mean­while, offi­cials said, insur­gents have con­tin­ued killing inno­cent civil­ians in their efforts to intim­i­date the Afghan people. 

An Afghan civil­ian woman and girl were killed and anoth­er girl was wound­ed in an explo­sion in Kan­da­har City today when a sta­tion­ary motor­cy­cle rigged with explo­sives det­o­nat­ed out­side the home of a par­lia­men­tary can­di­date. The det­o­na­tion took place as the can­di­date was com­ing out of his house, but he was unharmed in the explosion. 

Yes­ter­day, the son of an elec­tion cam­paign chief for a par­lia­men­tary can­di­date and anoth­er civil­ian were killed in an insur­gent ambush. 

“Insur­gents con­tin­ue to wage war against inno­cent civil­ians involved in the elec­tion process as they attempt to deny Afghans sta­bil­i­ty and secu­ri­ty,” said Army Col. Rafael Tor­res, direc­tor of the Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Command’s Com­bined Joint Oper­a­tions Cen­ter. “The killings appear to be an attempt to tar­get par­lia­men­tary can­di­dates as well as mem­bers of their cam­paign­ing teams. We strong­ly con­demn these killings, and would like to assure the Afghan peo­ple that these cow­ard­ly acts will not deter our Afghan part­ners and ISAF from our goal of a sta­ble and secure Afghanistan.” 

Insur­gents killed 13 Afghan civil­ians and wound­ed four more in attacks through­out Afghanistan yes­ter­day. Six Afghan civil­ians were killed by insur­gent small-arms fire while build­ing and repair­ing roads in Ghazni province’s Ab Band dis­trict of Ghazni province, Afghan offi­cials reported. 

Three more civil­ians were killed and two were wound­ed when a road­side bomb det­o­nat­ed in Kan­da­har province’s Kan­da­har dis­trict. In Ghazni province, three Afghan civil­ians were killed and one was wound­ed when their vehi­cle struck a road­side bomb, and anoth­er road­side bomb in Pak­tia province’s Tsamkani dis­trict killed a civil­ian and wound­ed another. 

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

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