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ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

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The number one Taliban leader in Sherzad district, was killed by Afghan and coalition forces during an operation in Nangarhar province, Sunday.

The Taliban leader Nawab, also known as Nil, equipped and coordinated fighters in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He facilitated the movement of weapons and explosives, and was directly involved in an attack on a government official Aug. 21.

During the operation, the security force positively identified Nawab and an additional insurgent. After ensuring no civilians were in the vicinity, the security force engaged Nawab and the insurgent with a precision airstrike, killing both.

A post-strike assessment determined no civilians were harmed and no civilian property was damaged during the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

South

Afghan Special Police and coalition forces conducted a vehicle interdiction operation in Chakhansur district, Nimroz province last night resulting in the recovery of more than 2,660 kilograms (5,864 pounds) of drugs and the detention of a number of insurgents. The narcotics cache included 2,620 kilograms of opium and 49 kilograms of white heroin. The drugs are estimated to be worth approximately $800,000. The detained insurgents are believed to be involved in narcotics and weapons facilitation to the Taliban.

An Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents while in search of a Taliban attack planner in Nad ‘Ali district, Helmand province, today. The attack planner is believed to be responsible for planning and executing ambush-attacks on Afghan and coalition forces. He exercises command and control and direction to insurgents for his senior Taliban leadership within Nad ‘Ali district.

East

An Afghan-led security force, supported by coalition troops, detained multiple suspected insurgents during an operation in search of a Haqqani leader in Sabari district, Khost province, today. The Haqqani leader is believed to maintain a large cache of weapons and responsible for purchasing supplies for future insurgent attacks.

An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents during an operation to arrest a Taliban leader in Gelan district, Ghazni province, today. The Taliban leader is suspected of planning attacks using improvised explosive devices and small arms fire against Afghan and coalition forces throughout Gelan district.

During a security operation in search of a Haqqani leader, an Afghan and coalition security force detained a number of suspected insurgents in Pul-e ‘Alam district, Logar province, today. The Haqqani leader is suspected of acquiring supplies to plan and execute suicide attacks against Afghan and coalition forces while directly reporting to senior Haqqani leadership.

Article by ISAF Joint Command