Afghan-led security force pursues senior Taliban commander, detains several insurgents, kills one in Kandahar
An Afghan and coalition security force killed one insurgent and detained several suspected Taliban insurgents in Kandahar province last night while in pursuit of the Taliban district commander for Arghandab, who leads violent kidnapping and assassination operations that have involved explosives.
The security force targeted a compound south of the village of Kudeza’i in Zharay district to search for the commander. Afghan forces called for all residents to exit the compound peacefully and then secured the area. After questioning the residents, the assault force detained the suspected insurgents. The security force protected the women and children throughout the search.
As the assault force departed the area, their aircraft took fire from insurgents on the ground. The air weapons team returned fire, killing one insurgent.
“We continuously pursue those who bring indiscriminate violence to Afghan people,” said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Torres, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center director. “Their ruthless tactics do not go unnoticed, and in partnership with Afghan National Security Forces, we will continue removing those upper-tier insurgent shadow governors, commanders, sub-commanders and facilitators from the battle space.”
Article by ISAF Joint Command