UPDATE Afghan-Led Force Detains Haqqani Facilitator in Paktiya

KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 12) — Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force con­firmed the cap­ture of a Haqqani Net­work facil­i­ta­tor dur­ing an Afghan-led secu­ri­ty force oper­a­tion in Pak­tiya province Sat­ur­day.

The facil­i­ta­tor is one of sev­er­al sus­pect­ed Haqqani insur­gents detained. Dur­ing the oper­a­tions, the secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a series of com­pounds north­west of Dara­bal Kala in Gardez dis­trict to search for the facil­i­ta­tor. Afghan forces called for all res­i­dents to exit the com­pound peace­ful­ly and then secured the area. The assault force then detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents at the com­pound. Mul­ti­ple auto­mat­ic weapons and assort­ed mil­i­tary gear, includ­ing a GPS sys­tem with pre-loaded IED posi­tions were found at the scene. The secu­ri­ty force then moved to a gas sta­tion in the area after intel­li­gence indi­cat­ed the tar­get indi­vid­ual might be locat­ed there. Afghan forces called for all occu­pants to exit the build­ings peace­ful­ly and then secured the area. They detained facil­i­ta­tor from that loca­tion.

“We con­tin­ue tar­get­ing Haqqani Net­work lead­er­ship as long as they con­tin­ue attacks against the Afghan peo­ple,” said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Tor­res, Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand Com­bined Joint Oper­a­tions Cen­ter direc­tor.

“Since July 1, Afghan and coali­tion forces have detained almost 20 Haqqani Net­work lead­ers and near­ly 100 sus­pect­ed Haqqani insur­gents.”

The secu­ri­ty force did not fire their weapons and they pro­tect­ed the women and chil­dren through­out the search­es.

Edi­tors Note: This update is to IJC News Release 1010–08-CA-070

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