Insurgent Commander captured in Shah Wali Kot operation

The Afghan Police Provin­cial Response Com­pa­ny — Uruz­gan and Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Task Group have con­tin­ued their recent oper­a­tional suc­cess­es, detain­ing anoth­er key insur­gent com­man­der.

The insur­gent com­man­der was detained dur­ing a part­nered oper­a­tion in the Shah Wali Kot area of North­ern Kan­da­har on the 29th of July.

A high­ly skilled bomb mak­er and dis­trib­u­tor of impro­vised explo­sive device com­po­nents, it is believed the insur­gent com­man­der was also involved in the illic­it drugs trade in the region.

The com­man­der of Aus­tralian Defence Force per­son­nel deployed in the Mid­dle East, Major Gen­er­al Angus Camp­bell said the con­tin­ued pres­sure against the insur­gency and con­stant removal of insur­gent lead­ers was degrad­ing the insurgency’s oper­a­tions in and around Uruz­gan.

“These tar­get­ed oper­a­tions are open­ing a notice­able void in the insur­gent com­mand struc­ture and con­tin­ue to deny insurgent’s sanc­tu­ary in south­ern Afghanistan,” Major Gen­er­al Camp­bell said.

Thir­teen insur­gent com­man­ders have been detained or killed dur­ing delib­er­ate oper­a­tions over the past three months.

The insur­gent com­man­der, who posed a seri­ous threat to coali­tion forces and the secu­ri­ty of the local pop­u­la­tion, has been trans­ferred to the Deten­tion Facil­i­ty in Par­wan in accor­dance with Australia’s detainee man­age­ment frame­work.

Media con­tact: Defence Media Oper­a­tions 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia

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