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IJC Operational Update, Nov. 17: Joint Forces Kill, Detain Militants in Wardak, Ghazni, Kunduz and Kandahar provinces; ISAF Casualty

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An Afghan and international security force killed several enemy militants, including a sought-after Taliban district commander, and detained several suspected militants in northern Wardak province early this morning.
The joint force searched a compound near the village of Mayshin Kala in Sayed Abad district where intelligence indicated militant activity. Upon entering the compound courtyard, the force came under attack and returned fire, killing several enemy militants. During the engagement the building used by the enemy militants caught fire, causing grenades and ammunition to detonate. A local Afghan woman was inadvertently killed during the exchange of fire with enemy militants. Occupants of the compound confirmed that the Taliban district commander had arrived earlier in the night and joined the other militants. The force searched the compound and recovered multiple AK-47 rifles and hand grenades, and detained several other suspected militants. Joint force detains several suspected militants in Wardak province In a separate operation in Wardak province today, an Afghan-international security force killed two enemy militants and detained several suspected militants while pursuing a Taliban commander and facilitator responsible for numerous attacks on civilians and infrastructure in the area. The joint security force searched compounds near the village of Qal'ah-ye Padshah in Nerkh district after intelligence indicated militant activity. There were no incidents during the search and several suspected militants were detained. While departing from the last compound, the joint force killed two armed militants who moved aggressively against the force from a nearby orchard. No civilians were harmed during this operation. Afghan-international force detains sought-after Taliban district commander In another operation today, an Afghan-international security force killed one enemy militant and detained another militant who was identified as a sought-after Taliban district commander in Ghazni province. The joint security force searched a compound near the village of Malang Kheyl in the Qara Bagh district where an intelligence source reported the Taliban commander to be located. At one of the buildings, the joint force shot and killed one enemy militant after the person displayed hostile intent. The force searched the compound without further incident and detained the militant who surrendered quickly and identified himself as the Taliban commander. No civilians were harmed during this operation. Force detains several suspected militants in Kunduz An Afghan and international security force detained several suspected militants in Kunduz province today while pursuing a Taliban commander responsible for the facilitation of foreign fighters to other militant elements in the area. The joint security force searched a compound northwest of Kunduz City without incident and several suspected militants were detained. No shots were fired, and no one was injured. Another suspected militant detained in northern Kandahar Nov. 16 An Afghan-international security force also detained one suspected militant in Kandahar province Nov. 16 while pursuing a senior Taliban commander. The joint security force searched a vehicle near the village of Shad Khan Kalay in Kharkriz district after intelligence indicated militant activity. The force detained one individual for further questioning. No shots were fired, and no one was harmed during the operation.

ISAF Casualty

One ISAF service member from Great Britain died after his patrol struck an IED in southern Afghanistan yesterday.