ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

ISAF Joint Command
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Date: 05.12.2011
Posted: 05.12.2011 03:28
News ID: 70246

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan national security and International Security Assistance Forces killed one insurgent and captured a Haqqani network facilitator during a security operation in Shamul District, Khost province yesterday.

The Haqqani facilitator operated in Star Kats village and was responsible for procuring, storing, and distributing weapons and improvised explosive devices materials from Pakistan. Multiple leads directed the combined security force to a compound suspected to house the facilitator. The combined force secured and cleared several buildings. While attempting to clear one of the buildings, the force was attacked by an armed insurgent. The force returned fire, killing the insurgent. The force continued searching for the leader, clearing several buildings. After conducting interviews with local residents, the force identified and detained the facilitator. Several of his associates were also taken into custody for further questioning.

No civilians were harmed during the operation.

In other ISAF news throughout Afghanistan:

South

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban leader in Panjwa’i District, Kandahar province yesterday.

The Taliban leader directs insurgents in Nakhonay village and conducts operations throughout Panjwa’i. He also works with IED experts in the district. The combined security force targeted two compounds in the district after intelligence reports indicated Taliban activity in the area. The force cleared and searched several buildings and a tent, conducting interviews with local residents along the way.

After completing their search and conducting interviews, the force identified several individuals with suspected ties to the insurgent leader. All were detained for further questioning. During the search, the force also found and safely destroyed 14 pounds (6 kilograms) of black tar heroin.

East

Afghan and coalition forces detained a Haqqani network facilitator and several of his associates during a security operation in Sabari District, Khost province yesterday.

The facilitator coordinates IED strikes targeting Afghan national army and coalition forces. Multiple intelligence reports and tips from local citizens led the security force to the facilitator’s suspected compound in the district. After isolating the area, the force called for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully. All occupants complied, allowing the force to ensure the safety of all women and children.

After initial questioning, the insurgent facilitator was identified and detained along with several individuals who had suspected involvement with the facilitator. No shots were fired during the operation and no civilians were harmed.

In Shamal District, Khost province yesterday, Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Haqqani Network leader during a security operation.

The leader coordinates the procurement of weapons to include mines, remotes, and blasting caps. Based on numerous intelligence sources, the combined security force searched for the leader at a compound in Shamal District. The search began as the force isolated the compound and called for all occupants to exit the premises peacefully. After ensuring the safety of all women and children, the force interviewed local residents about suspected Haqqani activity in the area. Several suspected Haqqani insurgents were detained for further questioning.

No shots were fired during the operation, and no civilians were harmed.

In Charkh District, Logar province yesterday, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban leader during a security operation.

The leader is responsible for coordination and execution of attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. Multiple intelligence reports of insurgent activity in the district led the combined security force to target a compound in search of the leader. The force searched the compound without using deadly force. While searching the compound they identified several individuals with ties to the insurgent leader. All were detained for further questioning.

Throughout the operation, the force was careful to ensure the safety of all women and children.

In Chak District, Wardak province yesterday, Afghan and coalition forces detained several insurgents while searching for a senior Taliban leader.

The senior leader is responsible for coordinating attacks and kidnapping operations in the district. The combined force searched for the senior leader at a compound in the district based on numerous reports of Taliban activity in the area. After isolating the area, the force called for all occupants to exit the building peacefully. After all occupants were safely out of the building, the force conducted interviews with them about insurgent activity in the area. Several suspected insurgents were detained for further questioning.

There were no shots fired and no civilians harmed.

West

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban leader in Murghab District, Badghis province yesterday.

The leader is the provincial commissioner for Taliban operations in Badghis province. He provides fighters to Taliban leaders in the province, and commands 10-15 fighters in the Bala Murghab area.

The combined security force targeted a compound in the district based on intelligence reports. The force secured and cleared several buildings without the use of force. While searching the area, they interviewed local residents about the whereabouts of the insurgent leader. Several individuals suspected of involvement with insurgent activity were detained for further questioning.

No civilians were harmed during the operation.