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Afghan and coalition forces killed more than 10 Taliban insurgents and detained numerous others during a clearing of a Taliban safe haven in Ghormach district, Faryab province, April 11 and yesterday.

The operation was a deliberate clearance of a suspected Taliban safe haven in Tez Nawa village, which is associated with improvised explosive device activity and is a cache location. This area has historically been associated with the senior Taliban leader and Head of the Taliban Shura council for Ghormach.

Multiple weapons were discovered and destroyed during the operation to include AK-47s, chest racks, rocket-propelled grenade boosters with warheads, RPG launchers, a machine gun, and an IED.

Over the course of the two-day operation, security forces cleared multiple objectives and were engaged by armed insurgents on multiple occasions. While preparing to leave, security forces were engaged by additional armed insurgents, resulting in one insurgent killed. The two-day operation concluded with more than 10 insurgents killed and numerous suspected insurgents detained. Initial reports indicate no civilians were harmed during the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North

ISAF today confirmed Mullah Alem was killed during a security operation in Bal Chiragh district, Faryab province, yesterday. Alem, the former head of the Taliban Commission for Faryab province, was the insurgent whose grenade killed three Afghan children and wounded several others during the operation.

South

A combined Afghan and coalition force detained one insurgent while searching for a Taliban IED facilitator during a security operation in Zharay district, Kandahar province, yesterday. The facilitator is responsible for building, supplying and distribution of IEDs and IED components.

The combined security force targeted a compound suspected of insurgent activity in the district, based on intelligence tips. Security forces isolated the compound and secured the area. After ensuring the safety of the women and children, the force interviewed local residents about the location of the facilitator. Security forces identified and detained one suspected insurgent for further questioning. There were no shots fired during the operation.

In Helmand province, an Afghan and coalition force detained numerous suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban facilitator during a security operation in Sangin district, yesterday. The facilitator assists Taliban leaders in districts throughout Helmand.

Intelligence reports led the combined force to a compound in search of the targeted facilitator. The security force isolated the compound and called for all occupants to exit the premises peacefully, ensuring the safety of all women and children. Residents were interviewed about the whereabouts of the Taliban facilitator. Numerous suspected insurgents were detained for further questioning. No shots were fired during the operation.

East

A combined Afghan and coalition force captured two Hezb-E Islami Gulbuddin leaders during a security operation in Sabari district, Khost province, yesterday. One leader is the overall Hezb-E Islami Gulbuddin commander in the Sabari district while the second is his second-in-command.

The security force targeted a compound in the district based on multiple intelligence tips of insurgent activity in the area. The security force secured the compound and Afghan soldiers called for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully, allowing the them to ensure the safety of all civilians. After initial questioning on the scene, the security force identified and detained both leaders along with several of their associates for further questioning. They also found multiple automatic weapons, a pistol, a chest rack and multiple grenades during their search. The entire operation was conducted with no shots fired.

In Logar province, a combined Afghan and coalition force detained one suspected insurgent while searching for a Taliban leader during a security operation in Chark district, yesterday. The leader is responsible for IED attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Charkh and Baraki Barak districts, Logar province.

The combined security force targeted a compound suspected of insurgent activity in the district. Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully before the force commenced their search. After questioning all the residents, one suspected insurgent was detained for further questioning. The operation was conducted with no shots fired.

An Afghan and coalition security force detained one suspected Haqqani Network insurgent while searching for a Haqqani facilitator during a security operation in Orgun district, Paktika province, yesterday. The facilitator operates for both the Haqqani Network and Islamic movement of Uzbekistan as a facilitator in the district. He assists the networks with the acquisition, movement and employment foreign fighters, including Iranians, and supplies to support Haqqani operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The combined security force was led to a compound in the district based on multiple intelligence sources and tips from citizens. While ensuring the safety of the women and children, the force secured and cleared the compound. After conducting interviews with residents, the security force detained one suspected insurgent for further questioning. Two shotguns were also found. The operation was conducted with no shots fired.

In Wardak, an Afghan and coalition force detained several suspected Taliban insurgents while searching for a Taliban leader during a security operation in Sayyidabad district, yesterday. The leader is associated with the Kabul Attack Network operating between Kabul City, Sayyidabad and Wardak province.

Based on multiple intelligence sources and tips from citizens, the security force targeted the leader’s suspected compound in the district. After securing the compound and interviewing residents, security forces identified and detained the suspected insurgents.
No shots were fired during the operation.

ISAF today confirmed the capture of a Taliban leader during a security operation in Behsud district, Nangarhar province, April 11. The leader operated for al-Qaida and the Taliban, primarily in eastern Afghanistan and Pakistan. He assisted the insurgent networks with the acquisition, movement and employment of weapons and fighters in the Kunar region.

Also confirmed today was the death of Khan Mohammad, a Taliban weapons and ammunition distributor, during a security operation in Chak-e Wardak district, Wardak province yesterday.

Article by ISAF Joint Command