Airstrike Destroys IED Facility in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2011 — Coali­tion forces called in an airstrike to destroy an insur­gent com­pound in the San­gin dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Hel­mand province yes­ter­day, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

Insur­gents had used the com­pound to con­duct attacks and make impro­vised explo­sive devices, offi­cials said, adding that no civil­ians were harmed dur­ing the oper­a­tion.

In oth­er Afghanistan oper­a­tions yes­ter­day:

— A com­bined force detained sev­er­al sus­pects while search­ing in the Gardez dis­trict of Pak­tia province for a Haqqani net­work lead­er­who builds and stores explo­sives and weapons and leads insur­gents in road­side-bomb attacks through­out the Zur­mat and Gardez dis­tricts. The secu­ri­ty force also con­fis­cat­ed explo­sives, grenades, assault rifles, bay­o­nets, ammu­ni­tion and ammo pouch­es.

— In the Dzad­ran dis­trict of Pak­tia province, a com­bined force called in an airstrike that killed sev­er­al insur­gents. The oper­a­tion tar­get­ed insur­gent fight­ers in the Dzad­ran and Shwak dis­tricts.

— A com­bined force detained a sus­pect while search­ing for a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor in the Khugyani dis­trict of Nan­garhar province. The facil­i­ta­tor pro­vides weapons, ammu­ni­tion and road­side bombs to insur­gents.

— A com­bined force detained mul­ti­ple sus­pects dur­ing an oper­a­tion in the Maid­an Shahr dis­trict of War­dak province.

In Oct 22 oper­a­tions:

— A com­bined patrol detained two sus­pects and seized an impro­vised explo­sive device in the Khash Rod dis­trict of Nim­roz province.

— In the Musa Qalah dis­trict of Hel­mand province, a com­bined force killed an insur­gent and detained two sus­pects dur­ing a search for a Tal­iban leader who nego­ti­ates with nar­cot­ic sup­pli­ers to pro­vide finances for insur­gent oper­a­tions.

— A com­bined force con­fis­cat­ed two 122 mm rock­ets and four mor­tar rounds in the Kan­da­har dis­trict of Kan­da­har province.

— Afghan and coali­tion forces detained 18 sus­pects dur­ing oper­a­tions through­out Region­al Com­mand East. Coali­tion troops detained sev­en sus­pects in the Sabari dis­trict of Khost province. In the Yosef Khel dis­trict of Pak­ti­ka province, Afghan police detained two sus­pects who fired at coali­tion forces. Two oth­er sus­pects were detained in Khost province, one by the Afghan bor­der police and the oth­er by Afghan sol­diers. Coali­tion forces in the Bagram dis­trict of Par­wan province detained six more sus­pects, and anoth­er sus­pect was detained for flee­ing a weapons cache in the Khas Kunar dis­trict of Kunar province. The cache con­tained two rifles, more than 120 rounds of ammu­ni­tion, a pis­tol, binoc­u­lars and two tac­ti­cal vests.

— In the Deh Yak dis­trict of Ghazni province, a com­bined patrol seized 2,400 7.62mm rounds.

In Oct. 21 Afghanistan oper­a­tions:

— A com­bined patrol killed sev­er­al insur­gents and detained a sus­pect in the Kaja­ki dis­trict of Hel­mand province. The patrol seized 441 pounds of opi­um, nar­cotics pro­cess­ing equip­ment and 66 pounds of IED charges.

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releas­es