Forces Kill Insurgents in Baghlan Province

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2011 — A com­bined force killed numer­ous armed fight­ers in a gun bat­tle yes­ter­day in the Doshi dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Bagh­lan province, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.
Secu­ri­ty forces were search­ing for a Tal­iban leader and bomb expert who report­ed­ly com­mands 30 insur­gent fight­ers.

The troops came under fire at what intel­li­gence reports indi­cat­ed was the leader’s com­pound, but were able to repel the attack­ers with small-arms fire, offi­cials said.

In oth­er oper­a­tions yes­ter­day through­out Afghanistan:

— Afghan and coali­tion forces killed an armed com­bat­ant and detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents while search­ing for a senior Tal­iban leader in Badghis province’s Murghab dis­trict.

— In Hel­mand province’s Now Zad dis­trict, troops cap­tured numer­ous sus­pect­ed insur­gents, includ­ing a Tal­iban weapons traf­fick­er.

— Secu­ri­ty forces detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Ghazni province’s Gelan dis­trict in an oper­a­tion to dis­rupt Tal­iban safe havens. A Tal­iban leader respon­si­ble for sev­er­al bomb­ing cells is con­nect­ed to the area’s safe havens.

— Forces detained a sus­pect­ed insur­gent while search­ing for a Haqqani ter­ror­ist net­work weapons smug­gler in Khost province’s Khost dis­trict.

— In Log­ar province’s Pul-e Alam dis­trict, forces detained a sus­pect­ed Tal­iban leader alleged­ly respon­si­ble for plant­i­ng road­side bombs and for launch­ing indi­rect-fire attacks on secu­ri­ty forces.

— Com­bined forces found sev­er­al weapons and drug stock­piles through­out Afghanistan. Oper­a­tions result­ed in seizure of 600 assault rifle rounds, 441 pounds of dry opi­um, 330 pounds of mor­phine, 30 pounds of black tar hero­in and 18 quarts of liq­uid opi­um.

In oper­a­tions April 30:

— Secu­ri­ty forces killed sev­er­al ene­my fight­ers and detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents after their out­post in Pak­ti­ka province’s Giyan dis­trict was attacked.

— Forces killed an insur­gent leader respon­si­ble for kid­nap­pings and weapons traf­fick­ing after he attempt­ed to evade secu­ri­ty forces in Hel­mand province’s Nad-e Ali dis­trict.

— Afghan and coali­tion forces cap­tured three sus­pect­ed Tal­iban, includ­ing a Tal­iban leader and recent Sar­poza prison escapee in Kan­da­har province’s Zharay dis­trict. The leader is respon­si­ble for direct­ing bomb­ings and oth­er attacks on secu­ri­ty forces.

— Com­bined oper­a­tions result­ed in seizure of 1,100 pounds of ammo­ni­um nitrate — a banned fer­til­iz­er used in explo­sive devices –- as well as 900 assault rifle rounds, 535 pounds of dry opi­um, 300 rock­ets, 225 blast­ing caps, 125 land mines, 100 mor­tar rounds and 15 anti-tank mines.

In oper­a­tions April 29:

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

— Com­bined forces cap­tured sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Faryab province’s Shirin Tagab dis­trict while search­ing for a Tal­iban safe haven used to plan bomb­ing attacks in the area.

— Afghan and coali­tion forces in War­dak province’s Sayyid­abad dis­trict cap­tured two sus­pect­ed insur­gents, includ­ing a Tal­iban fight­er who report­ed­ly has par­tic­i­pat­ed in sev­er­al attacks on secu­ri­ty forces.

— Forces in Log­ar province’s Bara­ki Barak dis­trict detained a Tal­iban financier and weapons sup­pli­er.

— In Ghazni province’s Khwa­jah Omari dis­trict, troops cap­tured a Tal­iban weapons traf­fick­er.

— Secu­ri­ty forces found sev­er­al weapons and drug caches through­out the coun­try, which includ­ed 900 pounds of dry opi­um, 110 pounds of mar­i­jua­na, 58 elec­tri­cal det­o­na­tors, det­o­na­tion cord and assort­ed bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als.

Source:
Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releas­es

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