Airstrike Kills Key Taliban Fighter in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 27, 2011 — Afghan and coali­tion forces used a pre­ci­sion airstrike to kill a key Tal­iban leader in Afghanistan’s War­dak province yes­ter­day, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The com­bined secu­ri­ty force con­duct­ed the airstrike in Wardak’s Sayyid­abad dis­trict, result­ing in the death of a man they said was respon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing weapons and logis­ti­cal sup­port to insur­gents for ambush and road­side-bomb attacks along the main thor­ough­fare, High­way 1. 

The force called for the airstrike after ensur­ing no civil­ians were in the area, offi­cials said, and fol­low­ing the strike, they assessed the area and deter­mined no civil­ians were harmed. 

In oth­er oper­a­tions around Afghanistan yesterday: 

— A com­bined force killed a Tal­iban leader and two of his asso­ciates as they attempt­ed to place a road­side bomb in the Cha­har Bolak dis­trict of Balkh province. The leader orga­nized and par­tic­i­pat­ed in attacks against Afghan forces, and dis­trib­uted road­side bombs and weapons through­out the region. Mul­ti­ple weapons and the road­side bomb were con­fis­cat­ed from the scene, and no civil­ians were harmed. 

— In the Cha­har Darah dis­trict of Kun­duz province, a com­bined secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Tal­iban leader who had orga­nized a group of insur­gent fight­ers and was respon­si­ble for road­side bombs and direct-fire attacks through­out the region. Anoth­er sus­pect­ed insur­gent was detained. 

— A com­bined force detained a Tal­iban leader in the Dahanah-ye Ghori dis­trict of Bagh­lan province. The leader over­saw insur­gent fight­ers and con­duct­ed large-scale attacks against Afghan forces and orches­trat­ed bomb net­works. The secu­ri­ty force also detained anoth­er sus­pect­ed insurgent. 

— Also in Kun­duz, a com­bined force detained a Tal­iban mem­ber who spe­cial­ized in the con­struc­tion and trans­porta­tion of road­side bombs for use in attacks against Afghan forces through­out the region. 

— In the Zharay dis­trict of Kan­da­har province, a com­bined force found and seized nine hand grenades, nine grenade fus­es and 350 7.62 mm rounds. 

— In Kandahar’s Pan­jwai dis­trict, a com­bined force detained a Tal­iban leader who traf­ficked weapons and explo­sives and planned attacks against Afghan forces. 

— A com­bined force in the Zur­mat dis­trict of Pak­tia province found 38 mor­tar can­is­ters, var­i­ous mor­tar rounds, an antiper­son­nel mine and five 105 mm rock­ets. The com­bined force blocked off the area to pro­tect civil­ians, and an explo­sive ord­nance dis­pos­al team safe­ly removed the items. 

— In the Andar dis­trict of Ghazni province, a com­bined force found and seized an assault rifle and more than 1,200 7.62 mm and 9 mm rounds. 

— A com­bined force in the Behsud dis­trict of Nan­garhar province found and seized near­ly 8,000 pounds of ammo­ni­um nitrate, which is used as an explosive. 

From an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Release 

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 →