Forces in Afghanistan Detain Suspected Insurgents

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2010 — Part­nered Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty forces detained numer­ous sus­pect­ed insur­gents in recent oper­a­tions, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

Afghan and coali­tion forces detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Pak­tia province’s Zur­mat dis­trict yes­ter­day while in pur­suit of an insur­gent com­man­der with ties to both Tal­iban and Haqqani ter­ror­ist net­work senior lead­ers in Pak­istan.

The commander’s cell plants road­side bombs and con­ducts attacks on Afghan gov­ern­ment offi­cials and coali­tion forces.

Sev­er­al weapons, a rock­et-pro­pelled grenade, a pis­tol belt and mil­i­tary equip­ment were found at the scene. The secu­ri­ty force did not fire their weapons, and they pro­tect­ed women and chil­dren through­out the search.

In War­dak province’s Nerkh dis­trict yes­ter­day, Afghan and coali­tion forces detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents while in pur­suit of a Tal­iban com­man­der who oper­ates main­ly in the north­ern part of the province. The secu­ri­ty force did not fire their weapons, and they pro­tect­ed women and chil­dren through­out the search.

Also yes­ter­day, an Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a road­side-bomb cell leader oper­at­ing in Zab­ul province’s Qalat dis­trict, facil­i­tat­ing the move­ment of weapons and sup­plies, and direct­ing attacks on High­way 1, a major route used by civil­ians. Afghan and coali­tion forces did not fire their weapons dur­ing the oper­a­tion.

In Kun­duz province’s Kun­duz dis­trict yes­ter­day, Afghan and coali­tion forces detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents while in pur­suit of a Tal­iban sub­com­man­der who recent­ly returned from Pak­istan and still main­tains con­nec­tions to his Pak­istani-based lead­er­ship. The sub­com­man­der also is involved in orga­niz­ing sui­cide attacks using for­eign fight­ers. The secu­ri­ty force did not fire their weapons, and they pro­tect­ed women and chil­dren through­out the search.

Afghan and coali­tion forces detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Khost province’s Sabari dis­trict yes­ter­day while in pur­suit of a facil­i­ta­tor respon­si­ble for coor­di­nat­ing the move­ment of Haqqani oper­a­tives and sup­plies. The facil­i­ta­tor is in direct con­tact with senior Haqqani lead­er­ship in Pak­istan. The secu­ri­ty force found mul­ti­ple weapons, mag­a­zines and a grenade at the scene. They did not fire their weapons, and they pro­tect­ed women and chil­dren through­out the search.

Afghan and coali­tion forces detained sev­er­al insur­gents in Hel­mand province’s Nad-e Ali dis­trict last night while in pur­suit of a Tal­iban com­man­der who is a key facil­i­ta­tor of weapons and sup­plies for oth­er Tal­iban com­man­ders oper­at­ing in north­ern Hel­mand. The secu­ri­ty force did not fire their weapons, and they pro­tect­ed women and chil­dren through­out the search.

Also in Hel­mand, mul­ti­ple intel­li­gence reports and local tips led to a com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force oper­a­tion result­ing in the deten­tion of two insur­gents yes­ter­day.

The com­bined force tar­get­ed a com­pound linked to two Tal­iban com­man­ders promi­nent in an insur­gent facil­i­ta­tion-and-finance net­work based in Band-e-Tim­or in Mai­wand, but who have links through­out Hel­mand and Kan­da­har provinces.

A search of the tar­get­ed com­pound yield­ed more than 13 pounds of wet opi­um and an assault rifle.

In anoth­er oper­a­tion dri­ven by intel­li­gence reports and local tips, a com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force oper­a­tion in War­dak province yes­ter­day result­ed in the deten­tion of two insur­gents.

The ini­tial tar­get was the Tal­iban shad­ow provin­cial police chief, who facil­i­tates sui­cide bombers in the area and is respon­si­ble for the major­i­ty of road­side-bomb attacks in the north­ern part of the province.

In oth­er news, Afghan and coali­tion forces are search­ing for an Afghan Pub­lic Pro­tec­tion Pro­gram com­man­der who report­ed­ly was kid­napped by unknown gun­men in Wardak’s Maid­an Shahr dis­trict yes­ter­day. The Pub­lic Pro­tec­tion Pro­gram, led by the nation­al gov­ern­ment, is designed to have Afghan cit­i­zens take charge of secur­ing their vil­lages against mil­i­tants who use them as safe havens.

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

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