Forces Kill, Capture Senior Taliban Fighters

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 4, 2011 — Afghan and coali­tion forces killed a Tal­iban leader in a fire­fight yes­ter­day and cap­tured anoth­er in a sep­a­rate oper­a­tion, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

A com­bined force of Afghan and Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force mem­bers killed the man, lat­er iden­ti­fied as Sai­ful­lah Rashid, dur­ing a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in War­dak province’s Maid­an Shahr dis­trict. Rashid led numer­ous attacks against Afghan forces in the dis­trict, and fired on forces oper­at­ing in the area. The secu­ri­ty force returned fire, killing Rashid, offi­cials said.

The force also detained mul­ti­ple sus­pect­ed insur­gents dur­ing the oper­a­tion.

In oth­er oper­a­tions yes­ter­day in Afghanistan:

— A coali­tion force in the Qalat dis­trict of Zab­ul province yes­ter­day seized two assault rifles, sev­en rock­et-pro­pelled grenade rounds and more than 3,000 rounds of ammu­ni­tion.

— In Zabul’s Tarnek wa Jal­dak dis­trict, a com­bined force cap­tured a Tal­iban oper­a­tive who report­ed to senior Tal­iban lead­ers on the move­ments of Afghan forces and pro­vid­ed reports on attacks against forces in the region.

— A com­bined force detained mul­ti­ple sus­pect­ed insur­gents dur­ing an oper­a­tion in search of a Tal­iban leader in the Mehtar Lam dis­trict of Lagh­man province. The leader is involved in exe­cu­tions and ambush­es, as well as the intim­i­da­tion of local peo­ple.

— In the Sabari dis­trict of Khost province, a com­bined force detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents dur­ing an oper­a­tion in search of a Haqqani net­work leader who orders remote-con­trolled bomb and assas­si­na­tion attacks against Afghan forces.

In oth­er news, ISAF offi­cials today cor­rect­ed infor­ma­tion about the cap­ture of Haji Mali Khan yes­ter­day. He was cap­tured in Khost’s Musa Khel dis­trict, not Pak­tia province’s Jani Khel dis­trict, as was first report­ed.

From an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Release