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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