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An Afghan and coalition force killed several Taliban insurgents and detained several suspected insurgents in Sayad district, Sar-e Pul province, yesterday.

The target of the operation was a Taliban insurgent who is the shadow governor for Sar-e Pul province and key power broker in the north. He has ties to foreign fighter facilitation and suicide training camps operating in the province.

The joint security force targeted a compound in the district based on multiple intelligence sources. While moving into position to secure the compound, the security force was engaged by one Taliban insurgent. The force suppressed enemy fire, killing an insurgent. Several other insurgents from the same area were taken into custody by the joint security force.

The security force then secured and cleared the compound; detaining one additional insurgent for further questioning.

While preparing to exit the area, the force observed several Taliban members take cover in a ditch just outside of town. The security force isolated the ditch, calling for all insurgents to exit peacefully. The insurgents, armed with AK-47’s, engaged the security force. The force returned fire, resulting in several insurgents killed.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North

A combined Afghan and coalition force detained numerous suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban facilitator in Baghlan-e Jadid district, Baghlan province, yesterday. The facilitator is a facilitator who provides logistics for the Taliban. He works with his brother to transfer suicide vests, improvised explosive device supplies and ammunition.

Intelligence reports led the security forces to two compounds suspected of insurgent activity. At the first location, the force called all occupants to exit the premises peacefully. Security forces were careful to ensure the safety of all women and children before their search. After initial questioning, several suspected insurgents were detained. At a separate location, the security force secured and cleared the compound and after ensuring the safety of all women and children, the security force detained several additional suspected insurgents for further questioning.

South

An Afghan and coalition force captured a Taliban leader during a security operation in Kandahar city, Kandahar province, yesterday. The cell leader was responsible for planning, preparing and executing attacks against Afghan National Army and coalition security forces.

The security force was led to the leader’s location by multiple intelligence sources. The force cleared and secured the compound and detained the Taliban leader after interviewing residents. Two additional suspected insurgents were also detained. An initiator for an improvised explosive device was also discovered during the search.

East

A combined Afghan and coalition force killed several insurgents during a security operation in Nawah district, Ghanzi province, yesterday. Afghan and joint security forces conducted a raid in order to disrupt Taliban network cells in the district. The target was a Taliban leader who coordinates IED and weapons attacks.

The security force was led to the targeted location based on numerous intelligence sources. While moving into position, the security force was engaged by several insurgents. The force returned fire, killing several insurgents. The insurgents were armed with AK-47’s, a machine gun, two chest racks, and a grenade. The security force also found an IED and IED materials during the operation.

During the operation, an Afghan male was shot in the arm after he displayed what appeared to be a hostile intent. He was treated on-site and transported to a medical treatment facility.

In Khost province, a combined Afghan and coalition force captured a Hezb-E Islami Gulbuddin facilitator in Sabari district, yesterday. The facilitator who is responsible for assisting in the emplacement of IEDs as well as assisting Hezb-E Islami Gulbuddin insurgents through reconnaissance.

Based on multiple intelligence sources and tips from local citizens, the security force tracked the facilitator’s location to a compound in the district. They isolated the compound and called for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully. After interviewing residents the security force identified and detained the facilitator. The operation was conducted with no shots fired.

An Afghan and coalition force captured a Taliban leader, and detained one suspected insurgent during a security operation in Pul-E Alam district, Logar province, yesterday. The targeted leaser was the leader of an attack cell, who plans and coordinates attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

Based on multiple intelligence sources, the security force tracked the leader to a compound in the district. The force isolated the compound and called for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully. The security force commenced their search after ensuring the safety of all women and children. Based on interviews with residents, the security force identified and detained the Taliban leader along with one suspected insurgent. An AK-47 with magazines and explosive-making materials were also found. The operation was completed without shots fired.

ISAF today confirmed the capture of a Taliban facilitator during a security operation in Khugyani district, Nangarhar province, April 2. The Taliban facilitator is involved in coordinating attacks throughout Jalalabad district, to include high profile attacks, and he maintains close connections with multiple Taliban leaders.

Also confirmed today was the capture of a Haqqani senior leader during a raid in Gardez district, Paktiya province, April 2. The Haqqani senior leader was responsible for planning attacks against coalition forces and transporting IED materials and fighters from Pakistan.

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