WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2011 – A precision airstrike killed numerous insurgents today during a combined Afghan and coalition operation in the Tarnek wa Jaldak district of Afghanistan’s Zabul province, military officials reported.
Following the airstrike, the security force recovered several assault rifles, some rocket-propelled grenades, two machine guns with 400 rounds of ammunition, several grenades, ammunition pouches, and one 82mm recoilless rifle.
Two suspected insurgents were detained during the operation, which targeted a group of Taliban fighters. No civilians were harmed during the operation.
In other Afghanistan operations today:
— Several suspects were detained by a combined force during a search for a Taliban leader in the Musa Qal’ah district of Helmand province. The leader coordinates shipments of explosives and weapons in support of insurgent operations.
— A combined force captured a Haqqani network facilitator and two suspects during a search in the Sabari district of Khost province. The facilitator planned and coordinated attacks against Afghan forces, and distributed roadside bombs and other weapons throughout the Sabari district.
— In a separate operation also in the Sabari district of Khost province, a combined force captured another Haqqani network facilitator and one suspect. The facilitator distributed weapons, supplies and equipment to other insurgents, and planned attacks against Afghan forces.
In Afghanistan operations yesterday:
— Combined forces detained two suspects and seized two weapons caches during separate operations throughout eastern Afghanistan. Two suspects were detained in the Pul-e Alam district of Logar province after they’d fired at coalition forces. In the Dehyak district of Ghazni province, combined forces found a cache containing two 60mm mortar rounds, one 12-gauge shotgun and 90 rounds of assorted ammunition. In the Qalander district of Khowst province, forces found a cache containing eight 82mm recoilless rifle rounds, three landmines, 250 other rifle rounds and nine rocket-propelled grenades. And in the Sayyidabad district of Wardak province, forces found a video camera that was observing local road traffic.
— A combined force detained an insurgent leader in the Khoshi district of Logar province. The detainee is a known insurgent commander and facilitator responsible for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
— In the Qalandar district of Khost province, a combined patrol discovered a weapons cache containing eight 82mm recoilless rifle rounds, nine rocket-propelled grenades, three landmines, and 250 12.7mm rounds.
In Oct. 19 Afghanistan operations:
— A combined patrol discovered a damaged coalition vehicle and a storage container in a civilian compound in the Kandahar district of Kandahar province. The patrol also found a weapons cache containing three assault rifles, one shotgun, one hand grenade, 15 assault rifle magazines, and 450 7.62mm rounds.
— A combined patrol detained an insurgent leader in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand province. The leader is responsible for planning attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases