Fifth Haqqani Network leader confirmed killed during Paktiya operation
The International Security Assistance Force confirmed another Haqqani Network senior leader, Hibati, was killed during an overnight operation in Paktiya province Saturday.
Former ISAF releases confirmed Zubair and Qari Amil, both Haqqani Network facilitators responsible for the movement of weapons and improvised explosive device materials, along with Shabudin and Ibrahim, both Haqqani Network senior leaders in the area, were also killed during the operation. Hibati was Zubair’s deputy, who was the targeted individual in the operation.
Intelligence tips led the security force to a remote compound in Dzadran District. As the security force approached the area, they encountered several armed insurgents in established fighting positions. The security force could not assess all the engagement areas, but rocket-propelled grenades were among the weapons used by the insurgents.
Intelligence reports later confirmed the death of the five Haqqani leaders as well as several additional Haqqani fighters. It is assessed the security force had broken up a Haqqani leadership meeting.
Once the area was secure, Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully, and then the security force cleared the compound. After initial questioning at the scene, the security force detained three suspected insurgents.
The assault protected the women and children for the duration of the search.
Article by ISAF Joint Command