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  • 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...