News: Haqqani Network facilitator captured in Khost province overnight
KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani Network facilitator responsible for moving supplies and improvised explosive device materials into Kabul for distribution to foreign fighters and several Haqqani-affiliated networks in Khost province Tuesday.
Based on intelligence reports, the security force targeted a compound in Haram Kowtah in Shamul district to search for the facilitator. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully, and then the joint security force cleared and secured the compound.
After initial questioning at the scene, the security force identified and detained the facilitator along with several of his associates.
A separate security force targeting a Taliban IED facilitator who builds, emplaces and detonates IED's in Qalat district, detained two suspected insurgents during an overnight operation in Zabul province.
Intelligence reports led the security force to a remote compound east of Musa Zay in Shah Joy district to search for the facilitator. As the assault force approached, one suspected insurgent ran from the targeted compound. The force pursued and detained him peacefully.
The security force then cleared and secured the compound before questioning the residents at the scene. The joint force detained one additional suspected insurgent for further questioning.
The assault force did not fire their weapons during either operation and they protected the women and children for the duration of the searches.