Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2011 — Afghan and coali­tion forces killed sev­er­al insur­gents yes­ter­day with a pre­ci­sion airstrike and mor­tar fire in Kunar province’s Darah-ye Pech dis­trict, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.
An unknown num­ber of insur­gents ambushed a com­bined patrol with small-arms fire. After troops gained pos­i­tive iden­ti­fi­ca­tion on the ene­my fight­ers’ loca­tion, they launched mor­tar fire and request­ed sup­port from an air weapons team, which killed the insur­gents.

In oth­er oper­a­tions yes­ter­day through­out Afghanistan: 

— Afghan and coali­tion forces detained a Haqqani ter­ror­ist net­work weapons traf­fick­er and sev­er­al oth­er sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Khost province’s Ter­ayzai dis­trict. The Haqqani ter­ror­ist is respon­si­ble for traf­fick­ing home­made bombs and oth­er weapons to insur­gents oper­at­ing in Terayzai. 

— Secu­ri­ty forces detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Hel­mand province’s Garm Ser dis­trict while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader. 

— In Pak­ti­ka province’s Yahya Khel dis­trict, Afghan and coali­tion forces detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader. The Tal­iban leader is respon­si­ble for gath­er­ing intel­li­gence infor­ma­tion on local secu­ri­ty forces to plan future attacks on them. 

— Afghan and coali­tion forces detained a Tal­iban leader in War­dak province. He is a known bomb mak­er who oper­at­ed in the province’s Sayyid­abad dis­trict and tar­get­ed local secu­ri­ty forces. He was detained with­out incident. 

In Feb. 7 operations: 

— Secu­ri­ty forces killed sev­er­al insur­gents, includ­ing a ter­ror­ist leader, in Hel­mand province’s Nad‑e Ali dis­trict. Troops were search­ing for Haji Bahaar, an insur­gent respon­si­ble for lead­ing numer­ous attacks against secu­ri­ty forces. Tips from local res­i­dents led secu­ri­ty forces to a loca­tion where Bahaar was believed to be, where troops were imme­di­ate­ly met by ene­my small-arms fire. Troops returned fire, killing the insurgents. 

— In Helmand’s Kaja­ki dis­trict, secu­ri­ty forces killed two Tal­iban lead­ers. Tips from local res­i­dents led secu­ri­ty forces to their loca­tion. As sev­er­al peo­ple came out of the tar­get­ed build­ing peace­ful­ly at the request of Afghan sol­diers, troops spot­ted an ene­my fight­er aim­ing a rifle at them from the build­ing and killed him. The oth­er Tal­iban leader was killed after charg­ing at the troops with a loaded rifle. 

— Secu­ri­ty forces found a weapons cache in Helmand’s Nad‑e Ali dis­trict and seized more than 40 assort­ed artillery rounds, sev­en anti-tank mines and var­i­ous bomb-mak­ing materials. 

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

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