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ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

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A combined Afghan and coalition force killed several insurgents, including the Taliban’s central appointed leader for Jowzjan province, Maulawi Qudus, and detained several suspected insurgents during a security operation in Darzab District, Jowzjan province, yesterday.

The targeted leader governed Taliban operations for the Qush Tepah District, Jowzjan province and was a strategic planner directing funding for operations and improvised explosive device emplacement.

Based on multiple intelligence sources and tips from citizens, the security force targeted the leader’s suspected compound. While moving into position, the combined force was engaged by several armed individuals. The security force responded to enemy fire, killing the individuals. As the security force moved to isolate the targeted building, they came in contact with another armed individual. The individual was engaged and killed by the security force.

Security forces secured and cleared the targeted compound, taking several suspected insurgents for further questioning. The security force ensured the safety of the women and children throughout the search.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North

An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban IED and weapons facilitator during a security operation in Pul-e Khumri District, Baghlan province, yesterday. The facilitator is responsible for the acquisition, movement, employment and production of weapons and explosives.

The combined security force targeted a compound in the district believed to house the facilitator. The force cleared the targeted compound without incident. Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit the building peacefully. After ensuring the safety of the women and children, the security force interviewed local residents before detaining several suspected insurgents for further questioning. No shots were fired during the operation.

ISAF today confirmed Taliban leader Haji Bahuddin was killed during a security operation in Ghormach District, Faryab province, April 12. Bahudding was one of more than 10 killed during a combined security force two-day clearing operation in Tez Nawa village.

South

A combined Afghan and coalition force detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban cell leader during a security operation in Dand District, Kandahar province, yesterday. The cell leader is responsible for IED attacks on Afghan National Army and coalition patrols and he was also involved in the assassinations of local government employees.

The combined security force followed leads to a targeted compound where Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit peacefully before conducting a search. The search was commenced after the safety of the women and children was secured. After interviewing residents, the security force detained several suspected insurgents for further questioning.

Also in Kandahar, an Afghan and coalition force detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban leader during a security operation in Maiwand District, yesterday. The leader commands and facilitates multiple insurgents who conduct attacks against coalition forces in central Maiwand and the Garmabak region.

The combined security force targeted two compounds in the Maiwand District based on numerous intelligence reports of insurgent activity in the area. The force secured the first compound and detained one suspected insurgent for further questioning. The security force then moved to secure the second compound. Afghan forces called for all inhabitants to exit the premises peacefully. After initial questioning, the combined force detained two additional suspected insurgents for further questioning. The security force ensured the safety of all women and children throughout the search and no shots were fired.

A combined Afghan and coalition force detained several suspected insurgents during a security operation in Shah Joy District, Zabul province, yesterday. The leader is responsible for IED and direct attacks against Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army and coalition forces.

The security force searched a series of locations in the district based on multiple intelligence reports. After questioning residents and ensuring the safety of the women and children, the security force detained several suspected insurgents. A machine gun and IED materials were also discovered. No shots were fired during the search.

A combined Afghan and coalition force dismounted patrol discovered a weapons cache in Tarin Kot District, Uruzgan province, yesterday. The cache consisted of nine AK-47 rifles, 23 82 mm mortar rounds, 3,250 7.62 mm rounds, three grenades, six rocket-propelled grenades, one bullet proof vest, one RPG launcher, two 107 mm rockets and several homemade bomb making materials.

East

A coalition force killed several al-Qaida insurgents, including the suspected al-Qaida leader in Kunar province, with a precision airstrike in the Dangam District of Kunar, yesterday.

After verifying insurgent activity and careful planning to avoid civilian casualties and mitigate collateral damage, coalition aircraft were called in to conduct the airstrike. Initial reports indicate no civilians were harmed in the strike.

In Khost province, a combined Afghan and coalition force captured a Haqqani Network facilitator during a security operation in Terayzai District, yesterday. The facilitator is responsible for attacks against Afghan National Army and coalition forces.

Intelligence reports led the security force to a compound in the district to search for the targeted Facilitator. After isolating the compound, Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit the premises peacefully, ensuring the safety of the women and children. After initial questioning, the security force indentified and detained the Haqqani facilitator along with one of his associates. No shots fired during the operation.

A combined Afghan and coalition force captured a Taliban leader during a security operation in Baraki Barak District, Logar province, yesterday. The leader was responsible for acquiring and distributing weapons and supplies to subordinate Taliban fighters.

The combined security force went to a series of compounds in the district to conduct a search. After ensuring the safety of the women and children, the force cleared the compound. During questioning, the Taliban leader identified himself and was taken into custody. There were no shots fired during the operation.

West

An ISAF patrol discovered a weapons cache in Shindad province, Herat District, yesterday. The cache consisted of 51 82 mm rounds, one 107 mm rockets, one 100 mm high-explosive grenade, one 85 mm high-explosive grenade, one 55 mm high explosive shell, one 56 mm rocket, six detonators, 31 fuses, one 80 mm rocket, one 30 mm shell, one RPG and one jug filled with homemade explosives.

Article by ISAF Joint Command