Security Force Kills 7 Insurgents, Captures More than 30

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2012 — An Afghan-led and coali­tion-sup­port­ed secu­ri­ty force killed sev­en insur­gents and cap­tured more than 30 oth­ers dur­ing a search for a Tal­iban leader in the Charhar dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Balkh province today, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The Tal­iban leader plans attacks against Afghan forces and directs the place­ment of bombs through­out the province.

Insur­gents used rock­et-pro­pelled grenades and small-arms fire to engage the secu­ri­ty force. They also used Afghan civil­ians as human shields. The secu­ri­ty force seized explo­sives, pres­sure-plate bombs, weapons and ammu­ni­tion. The mate­r­i­al was destroyed.

In oth­er Afghanistan oper­a­tions today:

— A com­bined force cap­tured a Tal­iban com­man­der in the Musa Qalah dis­trict of Hel­mand province. The leader orga­nized insur­gent cells and direct­ed attacks against Afghan forces through­out the Musa Qalah and Nahr‑e Saraj dis­tricts. The secu­ri­ty force also con­fis­cat­ed bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als and detained two sus­pect­ed insurgents.

— A com­bined force cap­tured a Tal­iban leader in the Pan­jwai dis­trict of Kan­da­har province. The leader was respon­si­ble for mul­ti­ple attacks in the Zharay dis­trict. Sev­er­al sus­pects were detained dur­ing the operation.

— A com­bined force detained a sus­pect dur­ing a search for a Tal­iban leader in the Bara­ki Barak dis­trict of Log­ar province. The insur­gent leader coor­di­nates attacks against Afghan gov­ern­ment officials.

— A com­bined force cap­tured a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor and seized weapons and bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als in the Behsud dis­trict of Nan­garhar province. The facil­i­ta­tor dis­trib­uted weapons and coor­di­nat­ed attacks through­out the province.

— A com­bined force seized firearms and detained two sus­pects dur­ing a search for a Haqqani net­work leader in the Sabari dis­trict of Khost province. The leader pro­cures weapons and coor­di­nates attacks in the province.

Also, a com­bined patrol seized and destroyed 1,100 pounds of mar­i­jua­na yes­ter­day in Kandahar’s Pan­jwai district.

In oth­er news, Afghan offi­cials signed a nation­al secu­ri­ty oper­a­tions plan today. The plan includes secur­ing of the country’s bor­ders, cre­at­ing an envi­ron­ment for the expan­sion of good gov­er­nance, enabling nation­wide com­merce and cul­tur­al expres­sion, and pro­vid­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty for peace and sta­bil­i­ty. The defense and inte­ri­or min­istries and the Nation­al Direc­torate of Secu­ri­ty col­lab­o­rat­ed over three months and 33 meet­ings to pro­duce the plan, which calls for a part­ner­ship among the Afghan army, the nation­al police, the Nation­al Direc­torate of Secu­ri­ty, oth­er Afghan secu­ri­ty forces and the Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force. 

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

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