News: ISAF Joint Command operational update
KABUL, Afghanistan (May 25) – An Afghan and coalition security force killed eight insurgents during an operation in search of a senior Taliban leader in Achin district, Nangarhar province, today.
The leader has planned, coordinated and executed multiple attacks against Afghan government facilities, in addition to Afghan and coalition forces. He maintains operational control over numerous insurgent groups in the local area, and relays operational guidance from senior Taliban leadership to his fighters.
In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:
Afghan Local Police killed one Taliban insurgent and wounded two others while defending the Haji Safraz checkpoint in Archi district, Kunduz province, yesterday. The ALP returned fire after an unknown number of Taliban fighters attacked the checkpoint with small arms fire. Following the engagement ALP transferred custody of the dead and wounded insurgents into the custody of the Afghan Uniformed Police.
An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban facilitator and two other insurgents during an operation in Arghandab district, Kandahar province, today. The facilitator is responsible for procuring improvised explosive devices and distributing them to multiple insurgent groups throughout Arghandab and Dand districts. He is also involved in indirect fire attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. The security force also seized a handgun as a result of the operation.
Afghan and coalition security forces confirmed today the arrest of a Taliban leader during an operation in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, Thursday. The leader is responsible for directing and executing improvised explosive device and small arms attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the local area. He also procures and distributes IED-making material to other insurgents and serves as an intelligence operative for senior Taliban leadership.
Afghan National Army Special Forces of the 8th Special Operations Kandak, Afghan Local Police, and Afghan Uniformed Police killed one insurgent while responding to an ambush targeting the Mya Neshin district Chief of Police, Abdul Satar, in Mya Neshin district, Kandahar province, yesterday. The security force, which was providing over-watch for a local shura, reacted when an unknown number of insurgents began to attack the DCoP as he was departing Kushany Karez Kalay village.
An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani high-profile attack facilitator and one other insurgent during an operation in Gardez district, Paktiya province, today. The facilitator has been involved in multiple attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Gardez district and Kabul. He acquires weapons and military equipment and distributes them to local insurgent groups. At the time of this arrest, he was actively planning an attack involving multiple suicide bombers.
An Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents and wounded two others during an operation in search of a Haqqani affiliated Taliban leader in Muhammad Aghah district, Logar province, yesterday. The leader is involved in planning, facilitating and executing attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He purchases and transfers explosives, weapons and military equipment to Taliban and Haqqani cells for use in insurgent operations.
Provincial Response Company Ghazni, enabled by coalition forces, discovered a large cache of Potassium Chlorate, while conducting a cordon and search operation in Dey Yak district, Ghazni province, yesterday. The cache consisted of twenty 50 kg bags of Potassium Chlorate totaling 1000 kilograms. All seized items were destroyed on location.