WASHINGTON, April 5, 2011 — An Afghan and coalition force killed several Taliban insurgents and detained several suspected insurgents yesterday in the Sayad district of Afghanistan’s Sar‑e Pul province, military officials reported.
The target of the operation was a Taliban insurgent who is the shadow governor for Sar‑e Pul province and the key power broker in the north. He has ties to foreign fighter facilitation and suicide training camps operating in the province.
In other operations yesterday:
— A combined Afghan and coalition force detained numerous suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban facilitator in the Baghlan‑e Jadid district of Baghlan province. The facilitator provides logistics for the Taliban. He works with his brother to transfer suicide vests, improvised-explosive-device supplies and ammunition.
— An Afghan and coalition force captured a Taliban leader during a security operation in Kandahar City, Kandahar province. The leader planned, prepared and executed attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
— A combined Afghan and coalition force killed several insurgents during a security operation in Nawah district, Ghanzi province. The security forces conducted a raid to disrupt Taliban network cells in the district. The target was a Taliban leader who coordinates IED and other attacks.
— In Khost province, a combined Afghan and coalition force captured a Hezb‑E Islami Gulbuddin facilitator in Sabari district. The facilitator is responsible for assisting in the emplacement of IEDs as well as assisting Hezb‑E Islami Gulbuddin insurgents through reconnaissance.
— An Afghan and coalition force captured a Taliban leader and detained one suspected insurgent during a security operation in Logar province’s Pul‑E Alam district. The targeted man planned and coordinated attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
— ISAF confirmed the April 2 capture of a Taliban facilitator during a security operation in Khugyani district, Nangarhar province. The facilitator is involved in coordinating attacks throughout Jalalabad district, to include high-profile attacks, and he maintains close connections with multiple Taliban leaders. Also confirmed was the April 2 capture of a Haqqani senior leader during a raid in the Gardez district of Paktiya province. The Haqqani senior leader was responsible for planning attacks against coalition forces and transporting IED materials and fighters from Pakistan.
— Afghan and coalition forces killed two insurgents during a clearing operation in Helmand province’s Sangin district.
— Afghan and coalition forces discovered a weapons cache in Kandahar province’s Panjwa’i district. The cache contained three AK-47 rifles, 1,020 7.62 mm rounds, 14 full AK-47 magazines, nine rockets, four chest racks, nine pressure plates and several cell phones.
— A combined security patrol found a weapons cache consisting of 23 rocket-propelled grenade rounds during an operation in Kabul province’s Paghman district. The weapons will be destroyed.
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases