WASHINGTON, April 19, 2011 — Coalition forces killed an insurgent commander in a precision airstrike yesterday in the Burkah district of Afghanistan’s Baghlan province.
Mullah Abdul Fatah Haqqani commanded and trained foreign fighters in support of Taliban and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan terrorist operations. He also purchased weapons and explosive devices for the terrorist groups, officials said.
In other operations yesterday throughout Afghanistan:
— Forces detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban leader responsible for carrying out attacks and training recruits in Logar province’s Charkh district.
— Afghan and coalition forces detained two Taliban leaders in Kandahar province’s Zharay district. One is responsible for trafficking homemade bombs for attacks on security forces, and the other is connected to an insurgent fighting cell in the province’s Maiwand district.
— Security forces captured a Haqqani terrorist network weapons trafficker and another suspected insurgent in Khost province’s Bak district.
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases