Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents in Baghlan Province

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2011 — Com­bined forces killed sev­er­al Tal­iban fight­ers and detained numer­ous oth­er sus­pect­ed insur­gents in an oper­a­tion yes­ter­day in the Dahanah-ye Ghori dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Bagh­lan province, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

Troops were work­ing to clear an alleged Tal­iban safe haven. They detained two sus­pect­ed Tal­iban fight­ers and were prepar­ing to search anoth­er com­pound in the area when they came under ene­my fire. Troops returned fire, killing their attack­ers, and then con­tin­ued search­ing sev­er­al oth­er com­pounds, offi­cials said. 

In oth­er oper­a­tions yes­ter­day in Afghanistan: 

— Afghan and coali­tion forces detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader respon­si­ble for coor­di­nat­ing insur­gent attacks in Zab­ul province’s Shah Joy district. 

— Secu­ri­ty forces in Khost province’s Sabari dis­trict cap­tured sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents while search­ing for a Haqqani net­work ter­ror­ist weapons trafficker. 

— Also, in Khost province’s Sabari dis­trict, troops cap­tured a Haqqani net­work ter­ror­ist linked to sev­er­al attacks on secu­ri­ty forces. 

— Forces detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader respon­si­ble for facil­i­tat­ing insur­gent attacks with weapons and equip­ment in War­dak province’s Sayyid­abad district. 

— In Nan­garhar province’s Cha­parhar dis­trict, forces cap­tured sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents, includ­ing a Tal­iban leader tied to recent attacks and ter­ror­ist financing. 

— Secu­ri­ty forces detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Log­ar province’s Pul‑e Alam dis­trict, while clear­ing a report­ed Tal­iban safe haven used to build bombs and stage insur­gent attacks. 

In oper­a­tions May 1: 

— Forces cap­tured sev­er­al sus­pect­ed ter­ror­ists, includ­ing a senior Tal­iban leader respon­si­ble for lead­ing 60 fight­ers in Bagh­lan province’s Baghlan‑e Jadid district. 

— Com­bined forces in Kan­da­har province found stock­piles of weapons and drugs, includ­ing 3,000 pounds of mar­i­jua­na, 11 hand grenades, liq­uid opi­um and an assault rifle. A man sus­pect­ed of being asso­ci­at­ed with the stock­piles was detained. 

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

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