Afghanistan/ISAF — Afghan, Coalition Forces Conduct Numerous Operations

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2010 — Afghan and inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty forces con­duct­ed numer­ous oper­a­tions last night, cap­tur­ing a Tal­iban dis­trict chief and killing or cap­tur­ing numer­ous oth­er insur­gents, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

A com­bined Afghan-inter­na­tion­al force cap­tured the Tal­iban dis­trict chief of Now Zad and killed a large num­ber of insur­gents dur­ing an oper­a­tion in Hel­mand province’s remote Baghran dis­trict.

Numer­ous insur­gents engaged the com­bined force with rock­et pro­pelled grenades and machine gun fire as the force approached a com­pound out­side the vil­lage of Kariz‑e Adamkhan.

Through­out a four-hour fire fight, insur­gent forces tried to use home­made bombs against the secu­ri­ty force. Pre­ci­sion air fire was used to sup­press the attacks.

No civil­ians or Afghan mem­bers of the com­bined force were killed or wound­ed, offi­cials said. After the com­bined force secured the area, ser­vice­mem­bers admin­is­tered med­ical aid to sev­er­al wound­ed insur­gents, includ­ing the Tal­iban dis­trict chief. The wound­ed were evac­u­at­ed along with sev­er­al cap­tured insur­gents.

Dozens of auto­mat­ic weapons, RPG launch­ers and rounds, a machine gun, grenades, and ammu­ni­tion were dis­cov­ered, along with 20 pounds of wet opi­um. The com­bined force destroyed the weapons and drugs at the scene.

In oth­er oper­a­tions last night:

— An Afghan-inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a senior Tal­iban weapons facil­i­ta­tor and a num­ber of sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Kan­da­har province. The facil­i­ta­tor oper­at­ed pri­mar­i­ly in Kan­da­har City and Pan­jwai dis­trict, but is believed to have ties to senior Tal­iban lead­er­ship in Hel­mand and Kan­da­har provinces. No shots were fired, and secu­ri­ty forces pro­tect­ed women and chil­dren who were present.

— A com­bined Afghan-inter­na­tion­al force detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents while pur­su­ing a Tal­iban com­man­der in the Charkh dis­trict of Log­ar province. Afghan forces used a loud­speak­er to call for the occu­pants to exit the tar­get­ed com­pound, and then secured it. After ini­tial ques­tion­ing, the secu­ri­ty force detained the sus­pect­ed insur­gents. No shots were fired, and the secu­ri­ty force pro­tect­ed women and chil­dren who were present.

— An Afghan-inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty force detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents in the Sabari dis­trict of Khost province. The force found mul­ti­ple auto­mat­ic weapons, ammu­ni­tion and grenades. No shots were fired, and the com­bined force pro­tect­ed women and chil­dren who were present.

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releas­es