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combined Afghan and coalition security force killed a senior Taliban leader and one other insurgent during a security operation in Ghormach District, Faryab province, yesterday.

Mullah Bahuddin was a senior Taliban leader responsible for directing multiple attacks on Afghan National Security Forces, and facilitating weapons distribution and suicide bomb attacks in the area.

He was a key insurgent leadership figure, connecting the greater Badghis and Ghormach Taliban groups.

The security force located Bahuddin and one of his subordinates earlier in the day, using information received through reports from locals. As the force conducted a search to detain the two insurgents, it observed the two men were armed. A firefight ensued, and Bahuddin and his subordinate were both killed. Following the engagement the security force confiscated a machine gun, rocket propelled grenade rocket motors, and a pistol from the insurgent location.

Bahuddin is one of more than 50 Taliban insurgents killed since the beginning of the year during security force operations in Faryab province.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

South

An Afghan and coalition combined security force discovered 2,200 pounds (1,000 kgs) of marijuana seeds and 3,300 pounds (1,500 kgs) of hashish while on a dismounted patrol in Zharay District, Kandahar province, yesterday. The drugs were seized and safely destroyed by coalition forces.

In Nahr-e Saraj District, Helmand province, an Afghan and coalition combined security force detained several suspected insurgents during a security operation targeting a Taliban facilitator, yesterday. The facilitator is responsible for coordinating the movement of fighters, roadside bomb materials and ammunition to aid Taliban leaders in the region.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents during a security operation in Panjwa’i District, Kandahar province, yesterday. The target of the operation was a Taliban leader who directs a team of sub-leaders and fighters in the area.

East

In Maiden Shahr District, Wardak province, a combined Afghan and coalition patrol detained numerous insurgents during an operation targeting a criminal leader, yesterday. The target is responsible for numerous improvised explosive device and complex attacks against ANSF and coalition forces. The detainees were taken by Afghan Security Forces for further questioning.

Also in the east, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents, yesterday, during a security search for a Taliban facilitator in Khugyani District, Nangarhar province. The facilitator is responsible for direct fire attacks against Afghan National Security Forces, and also assists with the movement of fighters and weapons within the district.

Finally, in Jani Khel District, Paktika province, a coalition patrol discovered a weapons cache yesterday. The cache, discovered while on a routine patrol, included two recoilless rifles, four recoilless rifle rounds, detonation cord and 51 pounds (23 kgs) of bulk explosives. Coalition forces seized and safely destroyed all items.

Article by ISAF Joint Command