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    Afghan and coalition forces disrupt Haqqani operations in K-G Pass



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    ISAF Joint Command

    KABUL- Afghan and coalition forces have captured several Haqqani Network commanders and facilitators and killed or detained more than 50 suspected Haqqani insurgents during offensive security operations since Aug. 1.

    During a multi-day deliberate clearing operation against Haqqani Network foreign fighter camps and safe havens in Dzadran District of Paktiya province this week, an Afghan and coalition security force killed more than 20 armed insurgents, including Arab, Chechen and Pakistani fighters.

    The combined security forces also discovered and destroyed multiple improvised explosive devices and IED components, including trip wire and blasting caps. Additionally, they found two 82 mm mortar systems with dozens of mortar rounds, a recoilless rifle, a heavy machine gun and multiple grenades. Coalition forces also conducted a precision air strike against and enemy ammunitions bunker, preventing it from being used in the future.

    "The Haqqani Network continually seeks to establish strongholds in the Khost-Gardez Pass, disrupting the local government and facilitating the movement of foreign fighters, explosives and weapons into Afghanistan," said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Torres, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center director. "This joint force operation is another successful blow against the Haqqani Network as coalition forces continue to dismantle this terrorist organization and bring peace to the area."

    The assault forces also focused their attention on capturing Haqqani Network leadership in Khost and Paktiya provinces in August. In Khost, the combined force captured several Haqqani Network facilitators and two sub-commanders. In neighboring Paktiya, a commander and facilitator were captured. Most were heavily involved in IED emplacement and foreign fighter facilitation throughout the K-G Pass.

    "IED attacks are one of the largest threats facing Afghan civilians today," said Torres. "The coalition's number one priority is protecting innocent civilians. We're focused on capturing these criminals and thwarting their attacks."



    Date Taken: 08.15.2010
    Date Posted: 08.15.2010 04:49
    Story ID: 54600
    Location: KABUL, AF

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