Afghanistan — Forces Seize Taliban ‘Shadow Governor’ in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 2, 2010 — The new­ly appoint­ed Tal­iban shad­ow gov­er­nor of Bagh­lan province was cap­tured May 31 by an Afghan-inter­na­tion­al force as he pre­pared to leave for Pak­istan.

His pre­de­ces­sor was killed in a coali­tion airstrike the pre­vi­ous day, and this cap­ture marks the third time in as many weeks that the Tal­iban have had to replace named shad­ow gov­er­nors for Bagh­lan province because of coali­tion oper­a­tions.

An insur­gent was killed and sev­er­al oth­er sus­pects also were detained by the assault force dur­ing the oper­a­tion in Baghlan‑e Jadid dis­trict after intel­li­gence infor­ma­tion revealed insur­gent activ­i­ty.

As the joint force pre­pared to trans­port troops from the com­plet­ed oper­a­tion, it was dis­cov­ered that a helicopter’s trans­mis­sion and engines were irrepara­bly dam­aged and it could not return to its base. Troops left using anoth­er heli­copter after main­te­nance experts inspect­ed the air­craft and decid­ed to destroy it on site. The heli­copter did not receive any ene­my fire.

In anoth­er oper­a­tion, Afghan Nation­al Army sol­diers of the 207th Corps, sup­port­ed by troops with the NATO Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force, dis­cov­ered a weapons cache in Bala Murghab, Badghis province, May 31 after receiv­ing a tip from civil­ians.

The cache con­tained 11 mor­tar rounds, eight heavy artillery rounds, a mine, 100 steel pro­jec­tiles and sev­er­al items suit­able for the pro­duc­tion of impro­vised explo­sive devices.

Afghanistan nation­al secu­ri­ty forces with ISAF part­ners con­duct­ed an oper­a­tion in the Baghran val­ley May 30 to dis­rupt Tal­iban com­mand, con­trol, and influ­ence in the area, and to cap­ture an insur­gent who has sup­plied Tal­iban fight­ers with weapons and com­po­nents for road­side bombs through­out north­ern Hel­mand province.

The Afghan and ISAF com­bined force sur­round­ed numer­ous com­pounds sus­pect­ed of being hide­outs for insur­gents in the val­ley. After ensur­ing all res­i­dents exit­ed the com­pounds safe­ly, the com­bined force detained two men. Sev­er­al women and chil­dren were pro­tect­ed in the oper­a­tion, in which no shots were fired and no civil­ians were injured.

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

Team GlobDef

Team GlobDef

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

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →