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A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents, including a Taliban leader by the name of Abdul Baqi, and detained one suspected insurgent in Sayed Abad district, Wardak province, yesterday.

Abdul Baqi commanded a Taliban cell that conducted improvised explosive device attacks and road blocks along Highway 1 targeting Afghan forces. Reports indicated he was gathering intelligence for suspected attacks targeting Afghan government employees. He also facilitated IED operations in the district.

The combined security force tracked the leader’s location to Sayed Abad district, where they searched two compounds. While moving to secure the initial compound, the force observed two insurgents, both armed with AK-47 assault rifles, attempting to evade capture. A pursuit ensued, and the force tracked down both insurgents to a nearby location. An armed engagement resulted in two insurgents killed.

It was later discovered that Baqi was one of the insurgents killed during the engagement.

At a nearby location, the security force detained one individual suspected to be involved in Taliban activity in the district.

The force conducted and completed the mission, while ensuring the safety of civilians.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North

In Doshi district, Baghlan province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents during a security operation targeting a senior Taliban leader yesterday.

The leader is the senior military commander for Kunduz province and former district commander for Chahar Darah district. He works with Kunduz suicide attack network leadership to plan complex attacks and IED placements targeting Afghan security forces.

He is also directly involved with military operations in Takhar province. The leader maintains close contact with senior IMU leadership and works with members of the Peshawar Shura Council.

The combined security force, led by intelligence reports, targeted a remote compound in Doshi district. Upon arriving on scene the force noticed several insurgents attempting to flee the area. The force identified themselves as an ISAF security force in native languages. In an attempt to engage the insurgents without using force, the security force used a spot light as a de-escalation measure, but insurgents did not cooperate. As the force moved into position they were met with small arms fire from the insurgents. The security force then engaged the armed insurgents, killing several of them.

Throughout the operation the security force was careful to ensure the safety of all women and children.

South

In Nahr Surkh district, Helmand province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained more than 10 insurgents during a security operation yesterday.

The combined security force was conducting a search targeting a Taliban senior military commander in Panjwa’i district, Kandahar province, and he coordinates attacks in both Panjwa’i and Kandahar City. Reports indicate he has also conducted kidnapping operations targeting civilian family members of Afghan police.

The force searched two compounds in the district. The force searched and cleared several buildings, discovering 70 pounds (32 kilograms) of heroin at one of the locations. After Afghan members of the force conducted interviews with residents, several suspected insurgents were detained for further questioning.

At another location in Helmand province, a separate security force targeted a Taliban leader who is a narcotics and weapons dealer. He uses the monetary gains from narcotic operations to supply finances and weapons for Taliban operations. One suspected insurgent was detained during the operation.

Throughout the operations the security force was careful to ensure the safety of all civilians.

In Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, a combined Afghan and coalition force patrol killed several insurgents, yesterday.

A group of insurgents armed with a PKM machine gun attacked the combined security force patrol. A coalition force air weapons team returned fire, killing several insurgents.

In Panjwa’i district, Kandahar province, an Afghan and coalition force patrol discovered a drug cache, yesterday, consisting of 1200 pounds (544 kilograms) of marijuana.

The narcotics were or will be destroyed by security forces.

An Afghan National Army and International Security Assistance Force patrol discovered a weapons cache in Arghandab district, Kandahar province yesterday.

The cache was found in three different sites 30 meters of each other in an orchard and consisted of two 82 mm recoilless rifles, two pressure plates with wires, 400 7.62 mm rounds and one large rocket.

During the operation two suspected insurgents were detained for further questioning.

East

In Sabari district, Khost province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani Network facilitator and one suspected insurgent, yesterday.

The facilitator conducted IED and direct attacks targeting Afghan National Army. He was also responsible for supplying weapons and explosives to insurgents throughout the district. The facilitator had associations with several suicide, mortar, and rocket-propelled grenade attacks in the area.

The facilitator was captured at his compound after the combined security force isolated the area and searched several buildings. As Afghan members of the security force interviewed residents, the insurgent facilitator identified himself. The force subsequently detained him, along with one of his associates.

During the operation, the force was careful to ensure to the safety of all women and children.

In Zurmat district, Paktiya province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Haqqani network leader yesterday.

The Haqqani leader manages fighters, executes tactical insurgent operations, and plans attacks against Afghan National Security Forces.

Based on intelligence tips, the combined security force searched for the leader at a compound in Zurmat district. An Afghan member of the security force called for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully. After the safety of civilians was secured, the force conducted on-scene questioning with residents, resulting in several suspected insurgents detained.

In Khugyani district, Nangarhar province, combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several insurgents during an operation targeting a Taliban leader yesterday.

The leader is a facilitator involved in IED attack cell operations targeting Afghan security forces in the district.

The Afghan-led combined security force searched for the leader at a compound in the district, where they cleared several buildings and interviewed residents. Several individuals were identified and detained as a result of on-scene questioning.

During the operation the force discovered and safely destroyed fifteen pounds of wet opium.

No shots were fired and no civilians were harmed during this operation.

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