Partnered Forces Kill Insurgents in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2010 — A part­nered Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ing the head of a Tal­iban dis­trict com­mis­sion in Afghanistan’s Bagh­lan province killed mul­ti­ple insur­gents dur­ing an intel­li­gence-dri­ven overnight oper­a­tion, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The tar­get­ed man reg­u­lar­ly meets with Tal­iban lead­er­ship in the area to plan upcom­ing attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces, offi­cials said. 

As the assault force approached a com­pound in Baghlan’s Dahanah-ye Ghori dis­trict, insur­gents fired from mul­ti­ple direc­tions. The secu­ri­ty force returned fire from the ground and air, killing sev­er­al insur­gents. The secu­ri­ty force then cleared and secured the tar­get­ed com­pound before ques­tion­ing res­i­dents and detain­ing a sus­pect­ed insur­gent for fur­ther questioning. 

Con­tin­u­ous ene­my con­tact pre­vent­ed the secu­ri­ty force from con­duct­ing a full assess­ment after the oper­a­tion, offi­cials said. 

In oth­er news from Afghanistan: 

— An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force yes­ter­day cap­tured a Haqqani ter­ror­ist net­work facil­i­ta­tor respon­si­ble for mov­ing sup­plies and bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als into Kab­ul province for dis­tri­b­u­tion to for­eign fight­ers and sev­er­al Haqqani-affil­i­at­ed net­works in Khost province. Based on intel­li­gence reports, the secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a com­pound in the Shamul dis­trict to search for the facil­i­ta­tor and detained him, along with sev­er­al of his associates. 

— In an overnight intel­li­gence-dri­ven oper­a­tion in Zab­ul province’s Shah Joy dis­trict, a part­nered force detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents while pur­su­ing a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor who builds, plants and det­o­nates road­side bombs in Zab­ul province’s Qalat district. 

— Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force offi­cials con­firmed the Oct. 25 cap­ture in Kan­da­har province of a Tal­iban leader known to build sui­cide-bomber vests. Intel­li­gence reports led a secu­ri­ty force to a com­pound in the province’s Kan­da­har dis­trict, where they detained the want­ed man and an associate. 

ISAF offi­cials con­firmed the death of Faruk, a Tal­iban leader Afghan and coali­tion forces had attempt­ed to detain dur­ing an Oct. 24 oper­a­tion to inter­dict nar­cot­ic smug­gling in Hel­mand province’s Reg‑e Khan Neshin dis­trict. Faruk was respon­si­ble for plan­ning and exe­cut­ing numer­ous attacks against Afghan and ISAF forces, offi­cials said. His prox­im­i­ty to Pak­istan and ties to Tal­iban lead­ers there enabled him to move weapons and explo­sives into the area from Pak­istan using nar­cotics as pay­ment, they added. Mul­ti­ple intel­li­gence sources and tips from local res­i­dents led a com­bined force to a nar­cotics infil­tra­tion route where Faruk was known to oper­ate. The part­nered force spot­ted two armed insur­gents on a motor­cy­cle and tried to detain them, but they ditched their motor­cy­cle and fled into dense under­growth. The secu­ri­ty force searched the area and killed an armed insur­gent who fired on them. More than 60 pounds of chem­i­cals used to process opi­um were found on the motorcycle. 

— An Afghan and coali­tion patrol dis­cov­ered more than a half ton of home­made explo­sives in the Zharay dis­trict of Kan­da­har province yes­ter­day. The patrol found 11 road­side bombs, each con­tain­ing more than 100 pounds of explo­sives, which an explo­sive ord­nance dis­pos­al team destroyed. 

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

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