Forces capture key attack planner, continue pressure in Kandahar
Afghan and coalition forces detained a Taliban improvised explosive device facilitator during a joint security operation in Kandahar province Dec. 29.
Forces conducted the operation targeting a Taliban IED and narcotics facilitator operating out of the Panjwa’i district province detaining the Taliban facilitator and two suspected associates.
He coordinated and transported money and narcotics across the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in exchange for explosive components. He has extensive contact in planning, delivery and attacks with senior IED facilitators.
Forces followed leads to a series of buildings in the Zharay district. The joint forces questioned the occupants at the location and conducted a search. The suspects were detained based on initial questioning.
This was one of nearly 20 operations in December resulting in more than 60 detainees in the Kandahar province.
The joint security team conducted the operation in the hours of darkness to minimize the risk to local citizens. No women or children were injured or detained during this operation.
The security forces conducted the operation without firing their weapons.
Article by ISAF Joint Command