Combined Force Kills Several Insurgents

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 16, 2012 — An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force killed sev­er­al insur­gents dur­ing a search for a Tal­iban leader in the Shirin Tagab dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Faryab province today, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The insur­gent leader is the deputy mil­i­tary coor­di­na­tor for Faryab province, offi­cials said. He pro­vides explo­sives to insur­gent lead­ers and plans attacks.

Offi­cials said the secu­ri­ty force engaged numer­ous insur­gents who came out of their com­pound armed with heavy machine guns, assault rifles and rock­et-pro­pelled grenades. Respond­ing to the threat, the secu­ri­ty force killed the insur­gents.

No civil­ians were harmed dur­ing the oper­a­tion.

In oth­er Afghanistan oper­a­tions today:

— A com­bined force detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents and found and destroyed bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als while search­ing for an Islam­ic Move­ment of Uzbek­istan leader in the Dasht‑e Qalah dis­trict of Takhar province. The leader was respon­si­ble for a Dec. 25 sui­cide attack that killed an Afghan gov­ern­ment offi­cial in Takhar, as well as the move­ment of weapons, explo­sives and sui­cide bombers through­out the area.

— In the Shah Wali Kot dis­trict of Kan­da­har province, a com­bined force detained sev­er­al sus­pects while search­ing for a Tal­iban explo­sives facil­i­ta­tor who dis­trib­utes explo­sives and weapons to insur­gents in Kan­da­har city.

— A com­bined force cap­tured a Haqqani net­work facil­i­ta­tor, detained sev­er­al sus­pects, and found bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als in the Sabari dis­trict of Khost province. The facil­i­ta­tor dis­trib­uted weapons and explo­sives to insur­gents and planned attacks against Afghan forces.

— In the Mota Khan dis­trict of Pak­ti­ka province, a com­bined force detained two sus­pects and seized weapons while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader who directs insur­gents in attacks through­out the province.

— A com­bined force in the Charkh dis­trict of Log­ar province cap­tured a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor and detained anoth­er sus­pect. The facil­i­ta­tor direct­ed attacks against Afghan forces.

— In the Rodat dis­trict of Nan­garhar province, a com­bined force killed an insur­gent armed with a grenade and detained a sus­pect­ed insur­gent while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader who directs attacks, recruits fight­ers and acquires weapons for Tal­iban insur­gents.

In oper­a­tions yes­ter­day:

— An Afghan-led and coali­tion-sup­port­ed force found and destroyed about 352 pounds of home­made explo­sives suit­able for mak­ing bombs in the Muquer dis­trict of Ghazni province.

— A com­bined force detained a sus­pect­ed insur­gent, seized firearms and found about 233 pounds of opi­um in the Farah-Rud dis­trict of Farah province.

From an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Release