Combined Force Kills Taliban Insurgent

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2011 — A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force yes­ter­day killed a Tal­iban insur­gent and detained anoth­er dur­ing an oper­a­tion in the Kun­duz dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Kun­duz province, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

Dur­ing a search of the area, the secu­ri­ty force observed an armed insur­gent oper­at­ing in a field. After ensur­ing no women or chil­dren were in the area, an air-weapons team engaged the indi­vid­ual, killing him.

Fol­low­ing the engage­ment, the secu­ri­ty force con­fis­cat­ed road­side-bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als, mul­ti­ple assault rifles and a chest rack.

The force then moved to search a near­by com­pound and dis­cov­ered more bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als, includ­ing 15 pounds of home­made explo­sives, blast­ing caps and det­o­na­tion cord. The force safe­ly removed the mate­ri­als and detained a sus­pect­ed insur­gent before leav­ing the area.

In oth­er Afghanistan news yes­ter­day:

— A com­bined force detained one sus­pect in the Almar dis­trict of Faryab province. The force detained the indi­vid­ual after observ­ing him con­duct­ing insur­gent activ­i­ties in the area.

— In the Ghazni dis­trict of Ghazni province, a com­bined force detained two sus­pects while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader. The tar­get­ed leader par­tic­i­pates in kid­nap­pings, hijack­ings and attacks against Afghan secu­ri­ty forces.

— Four com­bined force oper­a­tions in Region­al Com­mand East result­ed in the deaths of four insur­gents, the deten­tion of three sus­pects and one escaped pris­on­er. Forces also dis­cov­ered an ene­my weapons cache con­tain­ing trans­mit­ters, 100 kilo­grams of home­made explo­sive, 4 kilo­grams of ammo­ni­um nitrate used in the con­struc­tion of home­made bombs, alu­minum pow­der and a rock­et-pro­pelled grenade round.

In Aug. 27 Afghanistan news:

— Afghan Pres­i­dent Hamid Karzai and Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, com­man­der of Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force, joint­ly con­demned the ter­ror­ist attacks on inno­cent civil­ians in Lashkar Gah City and Kan­da­har City. Accord­ing to reports, the attack in Lashkar Gah City killed four peo­ple and wound­ed sev­er­al oth­ers, while two attacks in Kan­da­har City wound­ed more than 20 peo­ple — the major­i­ty being chil­dren. “This is anoth­er exam­ple of the insur­gents hav­ing no regard for the Afghan peo­ple,” Allen said. “Attack­ing inno­cent civil­ians to include such a large num­ber of chil­dren is an inex­cus­able and a cow­ard­ly act.”

— In Kan­da­har city in Kan­da­har province, a com­bined force detained mul­ti­ple sus­pects while search­ing for a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor who moves ammu­ni­tion and mon­ey for insur­gents and mon­i­tors Afghan secu­ri­ty force oper­a­tions.

In Aug. 26 Afghanistan news:

— A com­bined patrol killed mul­ti­ple insur­gents and detained sev­er­al sus­pects dur­ing an oper­a­tion in the Khas Uruz­gan dis­trict of Uruz­gan province. The insur­gents were respon­si­ble for the pro­duc­tion of impro­vised explo­sive devices used in attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces. The patrol also seized and destroyed a quan­ti­ty of small arms.

— In the Ghazni dis­trict of Ghazni province, a com­bined force detained sev­er­al sus­pects while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader. The leader directs tac­ti­cal oper­a­tions, sur­veil­lance and recon­nais­sance against Afghan secu­ri­ty forces.

In Aug. 25 Afghanistan news:

— A com­bined patrol killed two insur­gents dur­ing an oper­a­tion to dis­rupt a nar­cotics net­work in the Now Zad dis­trict of Hel­mand province. The two insur­gents were killed after they engaged the patrol with small-arms fire. The patrol also seized and destroyed a quan­ti­ty of small arms and ammu­ni­tion.

— In the Kan­da­har dis­trict of Kan­da­har province, a com­bined patrol dis­cov­ered and destroyed a cache con­tain­ing 1,500 pounds of urea nitrate, which can be used to con­struct IEDs.

— Also in Kan­da­har province, a coali­tion force patrolling the Dand dis­trict dis­cov­ered and destroyed a cache con­tain­ing 38 bags of home­made explo­sives, three sui­cide vests, a 500-foot timed fuse, 20 blast­ing caps, a pres­sure cook­er and assort­ed elec­tron­ics.

— A com­bined patrol con­fis­cat­ed a vehi­cle con­tain­ing 660 pounds of explo­sives dur­ing an oper­a­tion in the Andar dis­trict of Ghazni province. The explo­sives were safe­ly destroyed on site.

Source:
Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releas­es