Combined Force Captures Several Insurgents

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2012 — An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force cap­tured sev­er­al insur­gents dur­ing an oper­a­tion to cap­ture a senior Haqqani facil­i­ta­tor in the Bara­ki Barak dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Log­ar province today, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The Haqqani facil­i­ta­tor is sus­pect­ed of pro­vid­ing weapons and ammu­ni­tion to insur­gents for a planned attack against Afghan gov­ern­ment offi­cials, Afghan secu­ri­ty forces and coali­tion secu­ri­ty forces in Kab­ul City, offi­cials said. Addi­tion­al­ly, the facil­i­ta­tor has ties to the Pak­istan-based lead­ers of the Islam­ic Move­ment of Uzbek­istan.

No shots were fired and no civil­ian prop­er­ty was dam­aged dur­ing this oper­a­tion.

In yesterday’s Afghanistan oper­a­tions:

— An Afghan-led force cap­tured a Haqqani leader and detained two oth­er sus­pects in the Ter­ayzai dis­trict of Khost province. The leader direct­ed road­side bomb­ings and oth­er attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces through­out the Bak dis­trict.

— A com­bined force found two weapons caches com­pris­ing 17 mor­tars, two rock­et-pro­pelled grenades, and five recoil­less rifle rounds in the Ali­abad dis­trict of Kun­duz province. The items were destroyed.

In April 21 Afghanistan oper­a­tions:

— A com­bined force cap­tured a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor and detained one oth­er sus­pect in the Kan­da­har dis­trict of Kan­da­har province. The facil­i­ta­tor pro­vid­ed weapons, ammu­ni­tion and equip­ment to insur­gents in Kan­da­har City and the Kan­da­har dis­trict for attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces.

In April 19 Afghanistan oper­a­tions:

— In the Lash‑e Joveyn dis­trict of Farah province, a com­bined force dis­cov­ered a weapons cache con­tain­ing 36 120 mm mor­tar rounds, 96 81 mm mor­tar rounds, four rock­et-pro­pelled grenade launch­ers, and 200 12.7 mm rounds. The cache was destroyed.

In April 18 Afghanistan oper­a­tions:

— A com­bined force detained one sus­pect and destroyed a RPG launch­er and mul­ti­ple rock­ets while search­ing for a senior Islam­ic Move­ment of Uzbek­istan facil­i­ta­tor and explo­sives expert in the Baghlan‑e Jadid dis­trict of Bagh­lan province. The facil­i­ta­tor is respon­si­ble for mul­ti­ple attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces in north­ern Afghanistan. He is also sus­pect­ed in plot­ting bomb­ings and sui­cide attacks in Kab­ul.

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releas­es