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IJC Operational Update, Feb. 18

Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly VersionSend to a FriendSend to a FriendAn Afghan-international security force searched a compound outside the town of Waser, in the Washer District of Helmand province after intelligence information indicated militant activity. The security force detained two insurgents during the search. As the joint force was leaving, a small team of militants attempted to set up a small-arms ambush. The security force engaged them and killed one insurgent. The joint force later captured two others near the same compound. In Kandahar last night, an Afghan-international security force searched a compound in eastern Kandahar City when intelligence information indicated militant activity. During the search the joint force captured a Taliban commander connected to suicide bombings, foreign fighters and vehicle borne IED attacks. In Khowst last night, a joint force searched a series of buildings in the village of Chini Kala, in the Khowst District after intelligence information indicated militant activity. During the search the joint force captured a Haqqani sub-commander known as an experienced IED manufacturer, tester and attack planner. Several other insurgents were also detained. In another Khowst operation last night, an Afghan-international security force searched a compound outside the village of Kekar Baba, in the Sabari District after intelligence information confirmed militant activity. During the search the joint force captured a Haqqani sub-commander responsible for managing weapons caches, acquiring weapons for militant cells and obtaining illegal passports. When confronted the Haqqani commander identified himself. The joint force also detained another insurgent. The search uncovered multiple weapons, including rifles, a shotgun, automatic rifles and grenades. In other operations, an ISAF patrol found a weapons cache in the Nahr-e Shahi District of Balkh province yesterday. The cache contained 15 Russian 122mm projectiles. In the Zharay District of Kandahar last night, an ISAF patrol found a cache containing two artillery rounds, two grenades, an anti-tank mine, 400 12.7mm rounds and a radio. Both caches will be destroyed. No Afghan civilians were harmed during these operations.