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  • Combined Force Captures Taliban Commander

    02/02/2012 3:37:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2012 – An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader and detained an additional suspected insurgent during an operation in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province today, military officials reported. The leader directed roadside-bomb attacks against Afghan forces throughout the district, officials said. In Afghanistan operations yesterday: -- In the Darah-ye district of Kunar province, a combined patrol found and destroyed about 880 pounds of hashish. In Jan. 31 operations: -- An Afghan-led and coalition-supported force detained two suspects and seized and destroyed two anti-tank mines, heavy machine gun ammunition and bomb components...
  • Combined Force Captures Taliban Leader

    02/02/2012 3:33:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2012 – An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader today in the Kandahar district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, military officials reported. The leader executed attacks against coalition forces in the Tarnek wa Jaldak district of Zabul province, officials said. Multiple suspected insurgents were detained during the operation. In other Afghanistan operations today: -- An Afghan-led and coalition-supported force in Kandahar’s Maiwand district captured a Taliban leader who operated an attack cell in Helmand province and conducted attacks in the Nahr-e Saraj and Sangin districts. In operations yesterday: -- In the Shah Joy and Qalat...
  • Combined Force Captures Taliban Facilitator

    01/30/2012 3:49:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2012 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban facilitator and detained several suspected insurgents during an operation in the Lashkar Gah district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province today, military officials reported. The facilitator distributed weapons and explosives to insurgent fighters and coordinated roadside bomb attacks against Afghan forces throughout the area, officials said. In other Afghanistan operations today: -- A combined force in the Jalrayz district of Wardak province captured a Taliban facilitator who distributed homemade explosives and weapons to insurgent fighters throughout the Maidan Shahr district. -- In the Khost district of Khost...
  • Combined Force Captures al-Qaida Facilitator

    01/30/2012 3:42:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2012 – An Afghan and coalition security force captured an al-Qaida facilitator in the Gardez district of Afghanistan’s Paktia province today, military officials reported. The facilitator coordinated insurgent activity t and provided reports to senior al-Qaida leaders in Pakistan, officials said. No civilians were harmed. In other Afghanistan operations today: -- A combined patrol found about 5,559 pounds of marijuana in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province. -- In the Qalander district of Khost province, a combined force detained several suspects and seized grenades and assault rifles while searching for a Haqqani network leader who attacks Afghan...
  • Combined Force Kills Insurgents in Afghanistan

    01/25/2012 4:27:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2012 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents during a search for a Taliban leader in the Kot district of Afghanistan’s Faryab province today, military officials reported. The sought-after leader is an explosives expert and suicide-attack network facilitator who targets senior Afghan government officials throughout the Almar district, officials said. During the operation, two insurgents exited a building and fired at the security force, officials said. Several remaining insurgents barricaded themselves inside the building and also opened fire. The security force returned fire, killing the insurgents. The security force confiscated several assault rifles,...
  • Combined Forces Kill 5 Insurgents, Detain 8 Suspects

    01/24/2012 12:01:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2012 – Afghan and coalition forces killed five insurgents and detained eight suspects during operations in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, military officials reported. A coalition airstrike killed five insurgents in the Tagab district of Afghanistan’s Kapisa province. Afghan police detained four suspects in Laghman province’s Methar Lam district after a firefight. Afghan police detained four people wanted for questioning in the Sabari district of Khost province.
  • Combined Patrols Find Drugs in Afghanistan

    01/23/2012 10:44:08 AM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies
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    WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2012 – Combined Afghan and coalition forces found two large drug caches in Afghanistan yesterday, military officials reported. A combined patrol in the Panjwai district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province found about 660 pounds of marijuana, and a combined force in the Dand district of Kandahar province discovered about a ton of hashish. In Jan. 21 Afghanistan operations: -- A combined force killed Farid, a Taliban judge, and two other insurgents and seized rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles, grenades and chest racks in the Sayyidabad district of Wardak province. Farid was responsible for ambushes and for roadside-bomb and direct-fire...
  • Combined Force Kills Taliban Leader

    01/20/2012 10:03:58 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2012 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed a Taliban leader and two of his associates during an operation in the Achin district of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province today, military officials reported. The leader, Khetab Gul, was responsible for a recent suicide car bomb attack in Nangarhar, officials said. He also constructed roadside bombs, planned attacks and distributed bomb-making materials to insurgents throughout the province. During the operation, several armed insurgents barricaded themselves inside a building and fired at the security force, officials said. The force returned fire, killing Gul and two other insurgents. The security...
  • Coalition Force Captures Taliban Leader

    01/11/2012 3:15:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2012 – An Afghan-led and coalition-supported force captured a Taliban facilitator in the Ghazni district of Afghanistan’s Ghazni province today, military officials reported. The facilitator planned roadside-bomb attacks and distributed heavy weaponry throughout province. Multiple additional suspected insurgents were detained during the operation. In Afghanistan operations yesterday: -- A coalition patrol detained four suspects and discovered several drugs and weapons caches in the Reg-e Khan Neshin district of Helmand province. The caches totalled about 660 pounds of various compounds used to make homemade explosives, various bomb components and about 110 pounds of marijuana seeds. The security force...
  • Security Force Kills 7 Insurgents, Captures More than 30

    01/10/2012 2:36:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2012 – An Afghan-led and coalition-supported security force killed seven insurgents and captured more than 30 others during a search for a Taliban leader in the Charhar district of Afghanistan’s Balkh province today, military officials reported. The Taliban leader plans attacks against Afghan forces and directs the placement of bombs throughout the province. Insurgents used rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire to engage the security force. They also used Afghan civilians as human shields. The security force seized explosives, pressure-plate bombs, weapons and ammunition. The material was destroyed. In other Afghanistan operations today: -- A combined force captured...
  • Combined Forces Capture Taliban Leaders in Afghanistan

    01/09/2012 3:23:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2012 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured two Taliban facilitators and detained a suspected insurgent in the Khugyani district of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province today, military officials reported. The facilitators distributed weapons and supplies to insurgent fighters and coordinated attacks throughout the district. The security force confiscated multiple weapons during the operation. In other news in Afghanistan today: -- In Helmand province’s Nahr-e Saraj district, a combined force captured a Taliban leader who directed the placement of roadside bombs and coordinated attacks against coalition forces. The force also seized about 10 pounds of hashish. --...
  • Combined Force Kills Taliban Leader

    01/06/2012 7:54:07 AM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 1+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 5, 2012 – An Afghan and coalition security force killed a Taliban leader in the Mazar-e Sharif district of Afghanistan’s Balkh province today, military officials reported. The leader was responsible for logistical and financial support of insurgent fighters, led a recent ambush against Afghan forces and buried roadside bombs. In operations in Afghanistan yesterday: -- A combined force in Kandahar province’s Panjwai district found and destroyed about 5,500 pounds of marijuana. -- In Kandahar province’s Zharay district, a coalition security force confiscated seven mines, eight 82 mm recoilless rifle rounds, a heavy machine gun and several bomb...
  • Afghan, Coalition Forces Capture Insurgents, Weapons, Drugs

    01/03/2012 3:57:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2012 – Combined international and Afghan forces captured two Taliban leaders in Afghanistan today, military officials reported. A combined force in the northern province of Baghlan captured a Taliban leader in the Baghlan-e Jadid district, where he was known to operate a bomb-making cell and direct attacks against Afghan forces. In the south, a combined security force captured a Taliban leader and another insurgent in Helmand province’s Nahr-e Saraj district. The leader coordinated direct-fire attacks in the upper Gereshk Valley and planted roadside bombs. Afghan and coalition forces detained another suspected insurgent while searching for another Taliban...
  • Combined Force Captures Taliban Leader

    11/23/2011 1:22:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 23, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force today captured a Taliban leader and four associates in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province, military officials reported. Wali Mohammad and four companions were returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan, officials said. The security force received information that the Taliban leader was visiting southern Afghanistan after being in hiding in Pakistan for several years. Mohammad directed attacks that killed multiple civilians in southern Afghanistan. He also is linked to high-level Taliban leaders within the insurgents’ network. Some bomb-making materials were confiscated during the operation. Also, a...
  • Combined Force Detains Several Insurgents

    11/18/2011 1:54:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 18, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained multiple suspected insurgents during an operation in the Nawah-ye Barakzai district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province yesterday, military officials reported. The force conducted the operation after receiving a tip that insurgent leaders were meeting at a compound in the area. After calling for the men inside to come out peacefully, the insurgents emerged and were detained without incident. In other Afghanistan operations yesterday: -- In the Now Zad district of Helmand province, a combined force discovered a weapons cache containing three rocket-propelled grenades, multiple improvised explosive device...
  • Combined Force Captures Taliban Facilitator

    11/17/2011 5:43:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 17, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban facilitator in the Daman district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province yesterday, military officials reported. The facilitator coordinated with insurgent leaders to plan and conduct roadside bomb and suicide attacks in the province. The security force also detained two suspected insurgents. In other Afghanistan operations yesterday: -- A combined patrol burned a marijuana field containing about 500 pounds of the drug in the Reg-e Khan Neshin district of Helmand province. -- In the Arghandab district of Kandahar province, a combined force seized a weapons cache containing...
  • Combined Force Captures Haqqani Network Leader

    11/04/2011 2:48:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani network leader and detained a suspected insurgent during an operation in the Zarghun Shahr district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province yesterday, military officials reported. The Haqqani leader operated a fighter cell in the Zarghun Shahr district, officials said. He also directed attacks against Afghan forces in western Paktika province. The security force seized two assault rifles during the operation. In Afghanistan operations yesterday: -- In the Nawah-ye Barakzai district of Helmand province, a combined force detained multiple suspects while searching for a Taliban leader. The insurgent...
  • Combined Forces Kill 3 Insurgents, Detain Another

    11/03/2011 5:57:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Nov. 3, 2011 – Afghan and coalition forces killed three insurgents, detained one suspect and seized two weapons caches during operations in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, military officials reported. A coalition airstrike killed three insurgents, officials said, as they were planting device roadside bomb in the Khogyani district of Nangarhar province. Coalition troops detained a suspect in the Tirzaye district of Khost province. Elsewhere, insurgents killed four Afghan civilians when a roadside bomb detonated in the Sayidabad district of Wardak province. In Ghazni province, Afghan soldiers seized 62 82 mm rounds, 24 107 mm rocket igniters, 10 mortar...
  • Combined Force Kills 2 Insurgents, Detains Suspect

    11/02/2011 3:49:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2011 – An Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents and detained one suspect while searching for a Haqqani network leader in the Yahya Khel district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province yesterday, military officials reported. The Haqqani leader oversees insurgent fighting cells and is responsible for attacks against Afghan forces. Multiple weapons and bomb-making materials were seized by the security force during the operation. In other Afghanistan operations yesterday: -- A combined patrol killed several insurgents and detained two individuals in the Baghran district of Helmand province. The force seized 8,800 pounds of poppy seeds, 66 pounds...
  • Combined Forces Kill 10 Insurgents in Afghanistan

    10/31/2011 6:44:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2011 – Afghan and coalition forces killed 10 insurgents, detained one suspect and seized three weapons caches during operations across Afghanistan yesterday, military officials reported. Coalition forces killed three insurgents in Kunar province’s Bar Kunar district. Two others were killed in the Qarghaee district of Laghman province during an airstrike. In the Khost district of Khost province, two other insurgents were killed after engaging coalition forces in a mortar attack. In Kapisa province’s Tagab district, coalition forces killed one insurgent who was attempting to emplace an improvised explosive device. In the Mehtar Lam district of Laghman province,...
  • Combined Forces Kill 11 Insurgents, Detain 15 Suspects

    10/28/2011 3:21:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2011 – Afghan and coalition forces killed 11 insurgents, detained 15 suspected individuals and seized a weapons cache during operations across eastern Afghanistan yesterday, military officials reported. In Kunar province’s Nari district, three insurgents were killed after they were spotted before a rocket attack against a coalition base. Another three insurgents were killed by airstrikes after they attacked a coalition observation post in the Bar Kunar district. Three more insurgents were killed in the Khost district center of Khost province after they engaged Afghan forces with mortar rounds. Two other insurgents were killed during an airstrike in...
  • Combined Force Captures Haqqani Network Leader

    10/26/2011 4:32:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani network leader in the Sabari district of Afghanistan’s Khost province yesterday, military officials reported. The Haqqani leader distributed bombs and coordinated attacks against Afghan forces. Several suspects were detained during the operation. In other Afghanistan operations yesterday: -- In the Aliabad district of Kunduz province, a combined force detained two suspects while searching for a Taliban leader who coordinates attacks with other insurgents in Afghanistan and Pakistan. -- A combined force detained multiple suspects during a search for a Taliban leader in the Marja district...
  • Combined Force Captures Insurgent Facilitator

    10/25/2011 3:49:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a facilitator for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan terrorist organization, along with two other suspected insurgents, in the Bangi district of Afghanistan’s Takhar province yesterday, military officials reported. The facilitator had coordinated attacks against Afghan government officials in northern Afghanistan, officials said. In other Afghanistan operations yesterday: -- A combined force detained two suspects during a search for a Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin and Taliban leader in the Alingar district of Laghman province. The insurgent leader plans attacks against Afghan forces. Six rocket-propelled grenade boosters were confiscated. --...
  • ISAF Joint Command morning operational update Oct. 21, 2011

    10/21/2011 5:04:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    2011-10-S-042 ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan. For Immediate Release. ..KABUL, Afghanistan (Oct. 21, 2011) — In the Tarnek wa Jaldak district, Zabul province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force conducted a precision air strike, killing numerous insurgents. Following the strike, the security force recovered a significant amount of weapons to include multiple AK-47 assault rifles, several rocket-propelled grenades, an 82mm recoilless rifle, two PKM machine guns with 400 rounds of ammunition, multiple grenades and ammunition pouches. Two suspected insurgents were also detained in the operation targenting the group of taliban fighters. No civilians were harmed during the strike. In...
  • Combined Force Detains Multiple Insurgent Suspects

    10/20/2011 2:54:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force today detained multiple suspected insurgents during a search for a Taliban leader in the Wali Muhammad Shahid Khugyani district of Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, military officials reported. The leader coordinates and plans insurgent attacks in Ghazni province. Also today, a combined patrol confiscated a cache of explosives in Zabul province. The patrol was conducting a clearing operation in the village of Arel when it came upon the cache located near an improvised explosive device. The cache contained two containers with 88 pounds of explosive material, 26 pounds of ammonium...
  • Joint operation leads to multiple cache finds, enemy engagements

    10/19/2011 3:33:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RC-South Release 20111018-01 KANDAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Oct. 18, 2011) — Afghan National Security Forces and coalition troops conducted a four-day air assault operation Oct. 9-13 to disrupt insurgent networks in the area. Insurgents fired on the soldiers several times during the operaton. Return fire killed at least three insurgents. Troops found two large weapons caches. Upon reaching the objective near the village of Pa'in Kelay in Eastern Band-e-Timor in far western Maiwand district, Soldiers conducted thorough searches of several suspicious compounds. At approximately 4:20 p.m. the Soldiers received small-arms fire, which injured an Afghan civil order policeman....
  • Combined Force Kills, Detains Numerous Insurgents

    10/19/2011 3:28:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed numerous insurgents and detained several suspects during a search for a Taliban facilitator in the Kajaki district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province yesterday, military officials reported. The insurgent facilitator leads attacks against helicopters, and directs rocket-propelled grenade, machine gun and roadside-bomb attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. Multiple assault rifles were confiscated during the operation. In other Afghanistan operations yesterday: -- A combined force captured a Taliban leader in the Baghlan-e Jadid district of Baghlan province. The leader distributed funds and supplies for insurgent activity and conducted attacks...
  • Combined Force in Helmand Kills Insurgents

    10/17/2011 6:28:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents and detained several others during an operation in search of a Taliban facilitator yesterday in the Kajaki district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province, military officials reported. The facilitator coordinates shipments of explosives and weapons used to support Taliban operations in the area, officials said. An insurgent armed with an assault rifle was killed when he engaged the security force, and a second armed insurgent was killed after displaying hostile intent. In Zabul province’s Qalat district today, a coalition patrol found and destroyed 616 pounds of homemade...
  • U.N. Extends NATO Mandate in Afghanistan

    10/13/2011 5:39:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2011 – The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously yesterday to extend authorization of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan for another year while continuing to transfer key responsibilities to the Afghan government by the end of 2014. The resolution extends the mandate for ISAF’s 130,000-member force to Oct. 13, 2012. The Security Council urged U.N. members to continue contributing personnel, equipment and other resources to ISAF while working to support security and stability in Afghanistan. The 15-member body encouraged ISAF and other partners to accelerate progress already made by training, mentoring and empowering Afghan national security...
  • Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Insurgents

    10/13/2011 5:30:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 13, 2011 – A combined Afghan and International Security Assistance Force team detained multiple suspected insurgents during an operation in search of a Taliban leader in southern Afghanistan yesterday, military officials reported. The force was searching in the Musa Qalah district of Helmand province for the leader, who places mines throughout the region and uses military uniforms in ambush attacks against Afghan forces. Also yesterday, combined forces detained multiple insurgents in a separate operation in Helmand’s Kajaki district while searching for a Taliban leader who distributes explosives for insurgent attacks and oversees the taxation of illegal narcotic...
  • Afghan, Coalition Force Kills Taliban Leader

    10/07/2011 5:28:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition patrol killed a Taliban leader who opened fire on them in the Tagab district of Afghanistan’s Kapisa province yesterday, military officials reported. The leader is considered the main improvised explosive device facilitator in northern Tagab, officials said, and also is responsible for multiple attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout Kapisa province. An Afghan child was killed and another was wounded during the engagement. The children were hidden in the same room as the leader, officials said. In other news from Afghanistan yesterday: -- In Helmand province’s Nahr-e Saraj...
  • Forces Kill Insurgents in Eastern Afghanistan Firefight [taliban]

    10/06/2011 2:19:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 6, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed three insurgents in a firefight yesterday in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktika province, military officials reported. The Afghan soldiers and International Security Assistance Force members were searching in the Jani Khel district for a Haqqani network leader who distributes weapons, ammunition and roadside bombs to other insurgent leaders when they were engaged by rocket-propelled grenade, machine-gun and small-arms fire. The combined force returned fire, killing three insurgents and wounding one other. An Afghan woman was killed during the engagement, and another Afghan woman was wounded. Both were inside...
  • Forces Kill, Capture Senior Taliban Fighters

    10/04/2011 5:40:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 4, 2011 – Afghan and coalition forces killed a Taliban leader in a firefight yesterday and captured another in a separate operation, military officials reported. A combined force of Afghan and International Security Assistance Force members killed the man, later identified as Saifullah Rashid, during a security operation in Wardak province’s Maidan Shahr district. Rashid led numerous attacks against Afghan forces in the district, and fired on forces operating in the area. The security force returned fire, killing Rashid, officials said. The force also detained multiple suspected insurgents during the operation. In other operations yesterday in Afghanistan:...
  • Force Captures Senior Haqqani [Taliban al-qaeda] Leader in Afghanistan

    10/03/2011 4:09:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured the Haqqani network’s senior leader in Afghanistan during a security operation in the Jani Khel district of Afghanistan’s Paktia province, military officials reported. Security forces detained Haji Mali Khan, uncle of Siraj and Badruddin Haqqani and the senior Haqqani commander in Afghanistan, on Sept. 27, officials said. He was one of the highest-ranking members of the Haqqani network and a revered elder of the Haqqani clan, they added. Mali Khan reportedly worked directly under Siraj Haqqani. He managed bases, had oversight of operations in both Afghanistan and...
  • Combined Force Captures Two Taliban Leaders

    09/29/2011 4:47:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured two Taliban leaders, detained several suspects and seized hundreds of pounds of heroin in the Ghorak district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province yesterday, military officials reported. One captured Taliban leader planned and coordinated roadside-bomb attacks against Afghan security forces. The second insurgent leader was a Taliban-appointed judge in the Ghorak district. The combined force also seized 400 pounds of heroin. In other Afghanistan operations yesterday: -- A combined force captured a Taliban facilitator and one suspect in the Balkh district of Balkh province. The facilitator provided supplies to...
  • Forces Make Drug Sweep, Take Out Insurgents in Afghanistan

    09/28/2011 5:49:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2011 – Combined Afghan and coalition security forces made a major drug sweep and killed numerous insurgent fighters in separate operations yesterday in Afghanistan, military officials reported. In Helmand province’s Baghran district, Afghan and International Security Assistance Force members conducted what is believed to be the largest-ever narcotics seizure by combined forces in Afghanistan. The combined team, acting on intelligence, targeted an area believed to be manufacturing drugs used to finance lethal aid to be used against Afghan and coalition forces. The security force discovered three narcotics laboratories containing drugs with an estimated street value of more...
  • Combined Force Detains 7 Suspected Insurgents [Taliban]

    09/22/2011 3:17:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained seven suspected insurgents during a search for an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan suicide bomber in the Imam Sahib district of Afghanistan’s Kunduz province yesterday, military officials reported. The sought-after suicide bomber coordinates the purchase and movement of weapons, roadside bombs and suicide bombers from Takhar to Kunduz provinces. In other Afghanistan operations yesterday: -- A coalition force discovered 10 improvised explosive devices while patrolling near a village in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province. The force cordoned off the area and called in an explosive ordnance...
  • Force Kills Taliban Leader, Detains Insurgents

    09/21/2011 3:24:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 21, 2011 – Afghan and coalition forces killed a Taliban leader and several insurgents, detained others and seized weapons throughout Afghanistan in recent days, military officials reported. In Balkh province’s Chimtal district, a combined force killed a Taliban leader and detained two suspected insurgents yesterday. The leader, Mullah Yar Mohammed, was responsible for kidnappings, weapons facilitation and ambushes on Afghan forces. The force also confiscated rocket-propelled grenades and a launcher. Meanwhile, a coalition patrol in Ghazni province’s Andar district today discovered and safely destroyed 882 pounds of homemade explosives, two recoilless rifles and bomb-making materials. In Afghanistan...
  • Afghan, Coalition Troops Detain Insurgents Across Afghanistan

    09/20/2011 3:27:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 20, 2011 – Afghan and coalition forces have captured numerous insurgent fighters throughout Afghanistan in recent days, and have killed several others in fire fights, military officials reported. A combined Afghan and International Security Assistance Force team killed one insurgent and detained two suspects while searching for a Taliban communications liaison in the Now Zad district of Helmand province yesterday. During the operation, the security force discovered a weapons cache consisting of a Russian PKM machine gun with 400 rounds of ammunition, multiple mortar rounds, pressure plates and an array of bomb-making materials with homemade explosives. In...
  • Troops Kill, Detain Insurgents, Seize Cache

    09/19/2011 3:29:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2011 – Afghan and coalition forces killed one insurgent, detained one suspect and seized a weapons cache during separate operations across Regional Command East in Afghanistan yesterday, military officials reported. The cache contained two 82 mm mortars, two 81 mm mortars, one fuse, one large mortar and two munitions. In other Afghanistan operations yesterday: -- A combined force found five homemade bombs in the Zharay district of Kandahar province. -- In the Panjwai district of Kandahar province, a combined force discovered a weapons cache containing 47 mortar rounds. -- A combined force detained several suspects during a...
  • Combined Force Captures Suspects in Kabul Attacks

    09/15/2011 2:57:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2011 – Combined Force Captures Suspects in Kabul Attacks Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force today captured a Taliban leader in Afghanistan’s Paktiya province, military officials reported. The man and his associates are linked to multiple attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, including the Sept. 13 attacks on the NATO headquarters and the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. The man, who also planned vehicle-bomb attacks, was captured in Paktiya’s Zurmat district. In other Afghanistan operations yesterday: -- A combined force captured a...
  • Forces Detain 3 Suspects, Find Cache

    09/12/2011 3:43:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2011 – Afghan and coalition forces detained three suspects and seized a weapons cache yesterday during operations in the Regional Command East region of Afghanistan, military officials reported. The cache contained two assault rifles, 10 full magazines, one chest rack, one pistol holster and one full pistol magazine. In Sept. 10 Afghanistan operations: -- A combined Afghan and International Security Assistance Force patrol detained numerous suspected insurgents and found a cache containing narcotics during an operation in the Registan district of Kandahar province. The cache contained 2,205 pounds of dry opium, 55 pounds of wet opium, and...
  • Combined Forces Detain Multiple Insurgents

    09/08/2011 3:14:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents and wounded one yesterday while searching for a Taliban leader in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. The wanted man is suspected of supplying weapons and planning attacks against Afghan forces in the Jalalabad district. One of the suspected insurgents was shot during the operation. After receiving medical treatment for his wounds, which were not life threatening, he was detained by security forces for further questioning. In other International Security Assistance Force news from Afghanistan yesterday: - A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected...
  • Combined Patrol Kills Insurgents, Seizes Weapons

    09/07/2011 3:42:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2011 – An Afghan and coalition patrol killed two insurgents, detained numerous suspects and seized enemy weapons yesterday while searching for a Taliban leader in the Sayyidabad Abad district of Afghanistan’s Wardak province, military officials reported. The leader is responsible for attack planning and providing supplies to fellow insurgent leaders. The patrol encountered two armed insurgents during the search operation. Responding to the threat, the security force engaged both individuals, killing them. One individual was armed with a pistol and the other with an assault rifle. The patrol seized a machine gun, grenades and ammunition. In other...
  • Combined Forces Kill, Detain Several Insurgents

    09/06/2011 3:13:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2011 – Afghan and coalition forces killed four insurgents, detained six suspects and seized a weapons cache yesterday during separate operations in Regional Command East in Afghanistan, military officials reported. The weapons cache contained a pistol, a remote-control device, and two grenades. In Sept. 4 Afghanistan operations: -- A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban facilitator and numerous associates during an operation in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province. The man constructed bombs for attacks in the district in support of the Taliban and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. -- A combined force...
  • Combined Force Kills Taliban Insurgent

    08/29/2011 3:26:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force yesterday killed a Taliban insurgent and detained another during an operation in the Kunduz district of Afghanistan’s Kunduz province, military officials reported. During a search of the area, the security force observed an armed insurgent operating in a field. After ensuring no women or children were in the area, an air-weapons team engaged the individual, killing him. Following the engagement, the security force confiscated roadside-bomb-making materials, multiple assault rifles and a chest rack. The force then moved to search a nearby compound and discovered more bomb-making materials, including...
  • Combined Force in Khost Province Kills Insurgents

    08/22/2011 3:49:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents and detained a Haqqani terrorist network facilitator in the Nadir Shah district of Afghanistan’s Khost province yesterday, military officials reported. The facilitator, who was responsible for coordinating small-arms and indirect-fire attacks, also purchased equipment and supplies for insurgents in the area. While searching the area, the security force killed several insurgents and wounded another during an engagement and later confiscated several assault rifles, bomb-making materials and chest racks following the engagement. Completing the operation, the security force located and detained the targeted facilitator and multiple...
  • Afghan, Coalition Force Kills Insurgents

    08/12/2011 3:40:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 12, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition force killed two insurgents and detained several more yesterday during a security operation targeting a Taliban facilitator and his suicide-attack network in the Baghlan-e Jadid district of Afghanistan’s Baghlan province, military officials reported. The facilitator is responsible for harboring suicide bombers in preparation for an attack on provincial government officials. While searching for the leader, the security force came across two armed insurgents who threatened the force. Responding to the threat, the security force engaged the two men, killing them. The security force also detained multiple other suspected insurgents,...
  • Afghan, Coalition Forces Capture Insurgents

    08/11/2011 3:19:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 11, 2011 – Afghan and coalition forces detained multiple insurgent fighters in security operations throughout Afghanistan yesterday, military officials reported. In the Maiwand district of Kandahar province, a combined force detained a Taliban leader and two of his associates. The leader coordinated attacks and distributed lethal aid to insurgents in the province’s Panjwai district. In other recent operations: -- A combined force in Kandahar province’s provincial capital yesterday detained a Taliban operator responsible for acquiring and distributing lethal weapons to insurgents in the Zhari and Panjwai districts, along with one of his associates. -- In Helmand province’s...
  • SAF Forces Conduct Airstrike Against Insurgents Responsible for Downing CH-47

    08/10/2011 2:52:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 10, 2011) – Coalition forces killed the Taliban insurgents involved with the recent downing of the CH-47 helicopter, with a precision airstrike in Chak district, Wardak province, yesterday. The strike killed Taliban leader Mullah Mohibullah and the insurgent who fired the shot associated with the Aug. 6 downing of the CH-47 helicopter, which resulted in the deaths of 38 Afghan and coalition service members. Mullah Mohibullah was a key facilitator in an insurgent attack cell led by Din Mohammad, a Taliban leader killed in a previous Special Operations mission. As a leader in Mohammad’s network in Tangi...