Afghanistan — Operations in Afghanistan Net Haqqani, Taliban Leaders

WASHINGTON — Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty forces cap­tured sev­er­al Haqqani ter­ror­ist net­work and Tal­iban lead­ers in Afghanistan this week dur­ing 48 sep­a­rate oper­a­tions, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

Clear rules of engage­ment and mea­sures tak­en to avoid civil­ian casu­al­ties result­ed in more than 85 per­cent of oper­a­tions con­duct­ed with­out shots fired, offi­cials said, not­ing that the Afghan-led oper­a­tions result­ed in a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of detainees and large num­ber of insur­gents killed. 

Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty forces struck at the Tal­iban lead­er­ship in south­ern Hel­mand province this week, cap­tur­ing two com­man­ders in charge of Tal­iban oper­a­tions in the province’s Germ Ser and Nawah-ye Barakzai dis­tricts. A senior Tal­iban com­man­der and a Tal­iban bomb­ing cell com­man­der also were cap­tured in Kan­da­har. Both were known to con­duct bomb­ing attacks in Kan­da­har City. 

Afghan-led forces also con­duct­ed a delib­er­ate clear­ing oper­a­tion over sev­er­al days aimed at dis­rupt­ing the Haqqani network’s free­dom of move­ment in Pak­tia province’s Dzad­ran dis­trict. The area is known as a Haqqani safe haven used to stage attacks in the Afghan cap­i­tal of Kab­ul and the Khost-Gardez Pass, offi­cials said. More than 20 insur­gents were killed dur­ing the operation. 

“We con­tin­ue to aggres­sive­ly pur­sue known ene­mies of the Afghan peo­ple,” said Army Col. Rafael Tor­res, direc­tor of the Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Command’s com­bined joint oper­a­tions cen­ter. “The effec­tive oper­a­tions, which are care­ful­ly planned and exe­cut­ed to mit­i­gate civil­ian casu­al­ties, will con­tin­ue to cre­ate the time and space nec­es­sary for endur­ing gov­er­nance and devel­op­ment ini­tia­tives to take root.” 

ISAF Joint Com­mand offi­cials pro­vid­ed details on sev­er­al recent operations: 

— An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Hel­mand province yes­ter­day while in pur­suit of a Tal­iban com­man­der and mem­ber of the Nawa Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion. The com­man­der is respon­si­ble for deci­sions involv­ing mil­i­tary oper­a­tions and mat­ters of gov­er­nance with­in the Tal­iban-con­trolled areas of the Nawah-ye Barakzai district. 

— In Pak­tia province’s Gardez dis­trict yes­ter­day, an Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Haqqani facil­i­ta­tor who moved weapons, ammu­ni­tion and bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als from Pak­istan to fight­ers oper­at­ing in Afghanistan. – 

— An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Khost province’s Man­duzai dis­trict yes­ter­day, includ­ing a Haqqani sub­com­man­der who sup­plies weapons to oth­er Haqqani com­man­ders oper­at­ing in the area. 

— An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents and recov­ered an auto­mat­ic grenade launch­er in Kun­duz province yes­ter­day while in pur­suit of a Tal­iban deputy com­man­der for Cha­har Darah dis­trict. The com­man­der is known to plan attacks against Afghan civil­ians, as well as Afghan and coali­tion forces, and is known to teach local chil­dren how to make road­side bombs. Dur­ing the search, an air weapons team was engaged by ene­my fire from a grenade launch­er. The air weapons team respond­ed to the threat by engag­ing the posi­tion of ori­gin, but the insur­gents fled after they fired the launch­er. The ground force lat­er moved to the loca­tion and recov­ered the grenade launcher. 

— An ISAF heli­copter crew engaged sev­er­al insur­gents who posed an immi­nent threat to an Afghan police patrol in Kunar province’s Nari dis­trict Aug. 11. Dur­ing the engage­ment, a mis­sile mal­func­tioned and hit the sec­ond sto­ry of a build­ing, injur­ing two Afghan civil­ians. Coali­tion forces trans­port­ed one civil­ian to a near­by ISAF med­ical facil­i­ty for treat­ment, and the oth­er wound­ed civil­ian was treat­ed at a near­by for­ward oper­at­ing base aid sta­tion and released. ISAF offi­cials expressed regret for the inci­dent and empha­sized that coali­tion forces make every effort to avoid civil­ian casualties. 

— An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Kun­duz province’s Cha­har Darah dis­trict Aug. 11 while in pur­suit of a Tal­iban and Haqqani sub­com­man­der who facil­i­tates weapons and bomb and rock­et materials. 

— Afghan forces cap­tured 18 sus­pect­ed insur­gents, res­cued two civil­ian hostages and seized weapons and bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als in the Kan­da­har City’s Mala­jat dis­trict Aug. 9. The Afghan-led mis­sion into the heav­i­ly con­test­ed dis­trict includ­ed sev­er­al hours of heavy fight­ing. Afghan forces dis­cov­ered large weapons caches and bomb-mak­ing materials. 

— Close-air sup­port was called in to pro­vide sup­press­ing fire when ISAF forces con­duct­ing oper­a­tions in the Lashkar Gah dis­trict of Hel­mand province came under heavy fire by insur­gents yes­ter­day. Lat­er in the day, wound­ed and dead Afghan civil­ians were brought to a near­by check­point. The wound­ed were imme­di­ate­ly evac­u­at­ed to an ISAF med­ical facil­i­ty. An ISAF-Afghan assess­ment team is inves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ty that ISAF forces caused civil­ian casualties. 

— An insur­gent road­side bomb killed an Afghan boy in Log­ar province’s Pul‑e Alam dis­trict Aug. 11. The child stepped on the bomb while he was herd­ing sheep. 

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

Face­book and/or on Twit­ter

Team GlobDef

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

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →