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ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

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A combined Afghan and coalition force conducted a clearing operation targeting a Taliban safe haven in Murghab District, Badghis province, yesterday.

The combined security force conducted the operation to disrupt an insurgent safe haven known for facilitation activities and cache sites.

Intelligence tips and reports from citizens of insurgent activity in the area led the force to Buzbai village. The force secured and cleared multiple targets, while ensuring the safety of the women and children. During the search, the force detained several individuals with suspected ties to Taliban insurgent activity.

At a nearby location, the force detained one suspected insurgent while clearing multiple targets. The force also confiscated and destroyed an AK-47 assault rifle with magazines, explosive device materials, chest rack and a pistol. No civilians were harmed during the clearance operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news through Afghanistan:

North

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained a suspected insurgent during a security operation in Almar District, Faryab province, yesterday. The operation targeted a senior Taliban leader and homemade bomb expert who works with a suicide attack network targeting senior Afghan government officials and Afghan National Security Forces in the Maymanah and Dowlatabad areas. The Taliban leader is closely associated with the Taliban Commission chief for insurgent operations in the area.

The combined security force targeted a location in the district based on intelligence tips of insurgent activity in the area. The force secured and cleared the area while ensuring the safety of the women and children. The force conducted interviews with residents and after initial questioning, they identified one suspected insurgent for further questioning. There were no shots fired during the operation.

South

An Afghan and coalition force detained several individuals with suspected ties to insurgent activity while targeting a Taliban facilitator during a security operation in Shah Joy District, Zabul province, yesterday. The facilitator assists insurgents with the acquisition and movement of weapons across multiple provinces, supplying money in order to facilitate the movements.

Based on intelligence tips, the security force targeted a series of buildings where suspected insurgent activity occurs. The force secured and searched the buildings in the area. The initial compound was cleared without resistance from the local residents. After initial questioning, the force detained several suspected insurgents for further questioning.

At a nearby compound, the force called for all occupants to exit the premises. After the occupants complied, the force secured the safety of the women and children before interviewing residents about the location of the facilitator. The force detained two additional suspected insurgents for further questioning. During the search, the force confiscated and destroyed homemade bomb-making materials and ammonia nitrate. There were no shots fired during the operation.

In Kandahar province, a combined Afghan and coalition force captured a Taliban leader during a security operation in Zharay District, yesterday. The target was the overall Zharay district leader for Taliban operations.

The security force targeted a compound in the district based on reports of insurgent activity in the area. The force commenced their search by isolating the targeted compound and calling for all occupants to exit the buildings. After ensuring the safety of the women and children, the force continued their search. While conducting their search and interviews, the force identified and detained the leader and one of his associates. The force also discovered a cache of ammunition while conducting the search, which was safely destroyed. Initial reports indicate no civilians were harmed during the operation.

ISAF today confirmed the capture of a Taliban facilitator during a security operation in Kajaki District, Helmand province, April 20. The facilitator was a financier operating in northern Helmand province.

East

A combined Afghan and coalition force operating in Yahya Khel District, Paktika province, killed several insurgents yesterday. The combined force received small-arms fire from a group of insurgents. After gaining positive identification of the insurgents firing position, the ground force and a coalition air weapons team returned fire, killing several insurgents.

In Logar province, an Afghan and coalition force detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban leader during a security operation in Charkh District, Logar province, yesterday. The leader directs an insurgent cell in the district and is responsible for conducting numerous ambushes against coalition forces. He was directly involved with the Feb. Charkh District bazaar bombing which killed Afghan and coalition forces.

Intelligence tips led the combined security force to a compound in the district. After isolating the area, the force called for all occupants to exit the buildings. Most of the occupants were compliant, however during a search, the force discovered several individuals hiding in the buildings. The individuals were also evasive during questioning.
After conducting interviews with residents, the force detained the individuals who were hiding for suspected ties to Taliban insurgency. No shots were fired during the operation.

A combined Afghan and coalition force captured a Haqqani facilitator and several suspected insurgents during a security operation in Sabari District, Khost province, yesterday. The facilitator acquired weapons for attacks against Afghan National Army and coalition forces.

The security force targeted a compound in search of the facilitator based on multiple intelligence tips. The force commenced their search on a series of buildings by calling for all occupants to exit. After all individuals complied, the force secured the safety of the women and children. After clearing the area, the force identified and detained the facilitator. Several of his associates suspected of ties to the Haqqani network were also detained for further questioning. During the search, a homemade bomb, homemade bomb-making making materials, AK-47 assault rifles and grenades were discovered and safely destroyed. No shots were fired during the operation.

In Nangarhar province, an Afghan and coalition force targeted and captured two Taliban leaders during a security operation in Sherzad district, yesterday. One Taliban leader was a weapons facilitator and involved in planning and conducting attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the district. The other leader operated as a facilitator in the district.

The combined security force searched a compound in the district based on multiple intelligence sources and reports from citizens of insurgent activity in the area. The search was commenced as the force isolated the compound and called for all occupants to exit. While conducting their search, the force conducted interviews with residents. During the initial questioning, the Taliban leader identified himself to the force, resulting in his detainment. The second leader was also identified and detained based on the initial interviews. The force ensured the safety of the women and children and there were no shots fired.

A combined Afghan and coalition force detained numerous suspected insurgents while searching for a Haqqani network facilitator during a security operation in Shwak District, Paktiya province, yesterday. The leader directs fighters, plans attacks and coordinates with other insurgent leaders for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

Multiple intelligence leads directed the security force to target a compound in the district in search of the leader. The force commenced their search by isolating the building and having all occupants exit, allowing them to ensure the safety of the women and children.

While continuing their search, the force conducted interviews with residents. As a result of the interviews, the force detained numerous individuals with suspected ties to Haqqani insurgent activity for further questioning. There were no shots fired during the operation.

ISAF today confirmed the capture of two Haqqani facilitators during a security operation in Khost District, Khost province, April 20. The two were conducting military training and attack preparation on a compound which is associated with a Pakistan-based senior al-Qaida leader.

Article by ISAF Joint Command