Afghanistan — Taliban Insurgent Leader killed in Uruzgan

Sol­diers from the Afghan Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Forces and Aus­tralian Spe­cial Forces have sig­nif­i­cant­ly dis­rupt­ed insur­gent oper­a­tions after killing a Tal­iban insur­gent leader in the Deh Raf­shan region of Uruz­gan Province.

Mul­lah Dawood, who was respon­si­ble for coor­di­nat­ing small arms and Impro­vised Explo­sive Device (IED) attacks on Coali­tion forces in cen­tral Uruz­gan, was killed on 14 July 2010.

No Afghan or Aus­tralian sol­diers were wound­ed or killed in the inci­dent.

Com­man­der of the Aus­tralian Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Task Group, Lieu­tenant Colonel P, said Aus­tralian Spe­cial Forces, part­nered with Afghan Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Forces, will con­tin­ue to con­duct dis­rup­tion oper­a­tions against the insur­gent lead­er­ship in Uruz­gan Province as long as they con­tin­ue to play an active part in the Tal­iban insur­gency.

“Mul­lah Dawood was a Tal­iban insur­gent leader who coor­di­nat­ed the pro­duc­tion of IEDs and the tar­get­ing of Coali­tion forces in attacks in the Deh Raf­shan region,” Lieu­tenant Colonel P said.

Aus­tralian Spe­cial Forces are work­ing with, and train­ing ele­ments of the Afghan Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Forces in Uruz­gan to dis­rupt Tal­iban insur­gent oper­a­tions in the region and to build the capac­i­ty of the Gov­ern­ment of Afghanistan to pro­vide pro­tec­tion for the local pop­u­la­tion.

IEDs con­tin­ue to pose a sig­nif­i­cant threat to Coali­tion and Afghan Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Forces and the peo­ple of Uruz­gan.

So far this year three ADF per­son­nel have been killed and 34 have been wound­ed by IED attacks in Uruz­gan.

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia

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