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A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed numerous insurgents and detained two more during a security operation in Khugyani District, Nangarhar province, yesterday.

The force was in the area searching for a Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin leader when they observed several groups of heavily armed insurgents maneuvering in the immediate area.

A firefight ensued when the insurgents, armed with rocket propelled grenades, machine guns and AK-47s, attacked the security force. The exchange resulted in the deaths of the insurgent attackers.

The original target of this operation was an insurgent leader who directs a group of Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin and Taliban fighters in the district. He also plans and conducts ambush and roadside bomb attacks against the Afghan National Security Force.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North

In Ghormach District, Faryab province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents while conducting a search for a senior Taliban leader, yesterday.

The leader is the Taliban-appointed deputy governing official for insurgent operations in Shirin Tagab District, and is responsible for roadside bomb and rocket attacks against Afghan National Security Forces. One suspected insurgent was also detained during the operation.

South

An Afghan and coalition combined security force detained a Taliban leader and one suspected insurgent in Qalat District, Zabul province, yesterday. The leader was responsible for roadside bomb attacks against Afghan National Security Forces along Highway 1 in the Tarnak Wa Jaldak and Qalat Districts.

In Arghandab District, Kandahar province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained one suspected insurgent during a security operation targeting a Taliban leader, yesterday. The leader conducts intimidation operations against Afghan civilians and coordinates attacks against Afghan National Security Forces.

Also in Kandahar province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained numerous individuals with suspected ties to the Taliban during a security operation in Panjwa’i District, yesterday. The target of this operation is a Taliban leader who directs several sub-leaders and fighters in the area.

An Afghan and coalition combined security force detained several suspected insurgents during a security clearance in Nahr-e Saraj District, Helmand province, yesterday. The force conducted the clearance operations to disrupt a Taliban cell responsible for running a prison operation in the area.

East

In Pul-e Alam District, Logar province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents and detained several suspected insurgents during a security operation, yesterday. The force was conducting a search for a Taliban leader who coordinates and plans attacks against Afghan National Security Forces.

During the search, several armed insurgents fired at the force. The force returned fire, killing two insurgents. In addition, the force confiscated rocket propelled grenades, AK-47 assault rifles, several other grenades and chest racks.

Finally, an Afghan and coalition combined security force detained several suspected insurgents during a search for a Taliban leader in Ghazni city, Ghazni province, yesterday.

The leader manages fighters, facilitates roadside bomb operations and coordinates attacks with other Taliban leaders and facilitators.

Article by ISAF Joint Command