Afghanistan — Forces in Afghanistan Kill, Capture Insurgents

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 25, 2010 — An Afghan-inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty force killed sev­er­al insur­gents, includ­ing Faizul­lah, a Tal­iban sub­com­man­der, as the insur­gents were plant­i­ng a road­side bomb near Kan­da­har City in Afghanistan yes­ter­day.

Faizul­lah was respon­si­ble for pre­vi­ous road­side-bomb attacks in Kan­da­har province’s Arghandab dis­trict, offi­cials said, and was believed to be respon­si­ble for the death of at least one coali­tion sol­dier in March.

The com­bined force ver­i­fied no civil­ians were at risk before call­ing for a pre­ci­sion strike from coali­tion air­craft.

Fol­low­ing the air strike, the secu­ri­ty force went to the site and was imme­di­ate­ly engaged by insur­gents staged in pre­pared defen­sive posi­tions. The ground force returned fire, killing sev­er­al insur­gents. They also found and destroyed the road­side bomb and con­firmed the deaths of the insur­gents from the ear­li­er pre­ci­sion air strike.

In Khost province last night, anoth­er com­bined secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Haqqani ter­ror­ist net­work facil­i­ta­tor linked to mul­ti­ple bomb­ing attacks through­out the province. The assault force detained the facil­i­ta­tor with­out inci­dent while search­ing a series of com­pounds in Khost’s Ter­aza­yi dis­trict.

Afghan and inter­na­tion­al forces have been involved in intense engage­ments with the Haqqani net­work along the Khost-Gardez pass over the past cou­ple of weeks, offi­cials said. Sev­er­al insur­gent com­man­ders and a large num­ber of insur­gents have been killed dur­ing the oper­a­tions. A large num­ber of insur­gents were killed when an Afghan-inter­na­tion­al patrol came under attack by an esti­mat­ed 50 insur­gents and called in a pre­ci­sion air strike in Badghis province’s Qadis dis­trict yes­ter­day.

In oth­er news from Afghanistan, Afghan forces work­ing with Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force part­ners con­duct­ed an oper­a­tion the night of June 23 east of Mar­ja in Hel­mand province. Offi­cials said the oper­a­tion was designed to increase secu­ri­ty to the Afghan pop­u­la­tion by dis­rupt­ing a net­work known to sup­ply explo­sives and oth­er mate­r­i­al used in mak­ing road­side bombs.

As the Afghan-led force approached a com­pound known to be hous­ing insur­gents, two armed men pre­sent­ed a direct threat and were killed. Afghan spe­cial police ensured all remain­ing res­i­dents left the com­pound safe­ly. Sev­er­al women and chil­dren were pro­tect­ed, and two men were tak­en into police cus­tody.

No civil­ians were report­ed harmed in any of these oper­a­tions, offi­cials said.

From an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Release