Forces Kill Insurgents, Capture Terrorist in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, March 9, 2011 — Afghan and coali­tion forces killed two ene­my fight­ers and detained sev­er­al oth­ers, includ­ing a Haqqani net­work ter­ror­ist leader, in the Sabari dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Khost province yes­ter­day.
The Haqqani leader is linked to sev­er­al bomb­ing attacks on secu­ri­ty forces and to weapons smug­gling through­out the province. Troops cap­tured him and the oth­er sus­pect­ed insur­gents after receiv­ing tips about his where­abouts from local res­i­dents. Forces killed two armed insur­gents in a shootout as they were depart­ing the area.

In oth­er oper­a­tions yes­ter­day through­out Afghanistan: 

— Secu­ri­ty forces search­ing for a Tal­iban leader with 80 for­eign fight­ers under his com­mand killed sev­er­al mil­i­tants and detained a sus­pect in a gun bat­tle in Bagh­lan province’s Burkah dis­trict. The mil­i­tant group is respon­si­ble for car­ry­ing out bomb­ing and small-arms attacks, as well as for recruit­ing and train­ing sui­cide bombers. 

— Afghan and coali­tion forces search­ing for a Tal­iban bomb­ing cell that also is asso­ci­at­ed with nar­cotics and weapons smug­gling detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Hel­mand province’s Musa Qalah dis­trict. Troops con­fis­cat­ed bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als, includ­ing blast­ing caps, a mor­tar round and elec­tron­ic mul­ti­fre­quen­cy boards used to test radio sig­nal strengths for remote­ly det­o­nat­ed bombs. 

— Forces cap­tured a Haqqani net­work ter­ror­ist leader with at least 40 Tal­iban fight­ers under his com­mand in Nan­ga­har province’s Cha­parhar dis­trict. The group reg­u­lar­ly launch­es attacks on secu­ri­ty forces. 

— Secu­ri­ty forces found sev­er­al weapon and drug stock­piles through­out Afghanistan. Oper­a­tions result­ed in seizure of 200 pounds of met­al shrap­nel, 100 assault rifle rounds, 44 var­i­ous rock­ets and mor­tars, 40 large-cal­iber machine-gun rounds, six anti-tank mines, three anti-air­craft rounds, two assault rifles, a rock­et-pro­pelled grenade, a vehi­cle-mount­ed, large-cal­iber machine gun and a 105 mm artillery shell rigged with explosives. 

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

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