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An Afghan and coalition force killed Qari Musa, a senior Taliban leader during a precision airstrike in Talah wa Barfak District, Baghlan province, Monday.

Qari Musa was the senior Taliban leader in Talah wa Barfak District. He routinely targeted Afghan government officials and Afghan national police for attacks in the district. At the time of his death, he was gathering groups of fighters, including suicide bombers to conduct attacks against Afghan security forces. Musa also purchased weapons from arms facilitators in order to conduct ambushes.

The coalition force conducted the strike after receiving reports that identified Musa and several insurgents operating at a compound in the district. After careful planning, a precision air strike was conducted. Besides Musa, two of his bodyguards and several other insurgent fighters were killed during the air strike.

No civilians were harmed as a result of the airstrike.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North

In Chimtal District, Balkh province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents while searching for a senior Taliban leader, yesterday.

The leader is the Taliban appointed senior governing official for Balkh province. He is the focal point for all operational direction and is involved in all stages of western Balkh operations.

Intelligence reports led the combined security force to Chimtal District in search of the leader. The force secured the compound and searched the area. Interviews with residents helped the security force identify and detain two individuals with suspected ties to Taliban activity in the area.

The force was able to conduct and complete the search without the use of force.

ISAF today confirms that Ziahuddin, the Taliban appointed senior governing official for Bamyan District, and Shayk Dayan, the newly appointed Taliban appointed senior governing official for Doshi District, were killed during a security operation in Doshi District, Baghlan province May 22.

South

In Nahr-e Saraj District, Helmand province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents during a security operation targeting a Taliban leader yesterday.

The Taliban leader coordinated attacks against security forces and he provides other insurgents in his area with munitions.

The combined force searched a compound associated with the leader in Nahr-e Saraj District. During the search, the force interviewed local residents about insurgent activity in the area. Based on the interviews, several suspected insurgents were detained.

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

In Arghandab District, Kandahar province, a coalition force patrol discovered several weapons caches today.

The cache consisted of one RPK machine gun, three 120 mm rounds, nine mortar rounds, 12 rocket-propelled grenades, one anti-personnel mine, three grenades, 800 7.62 mm rounds, seven booster rounds and four blasting caps.

All the weapons were safely destroyed on site by the security force.

East

In Musa Khel District, Khost province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained two insurgents during a security operation targeting a Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin leader, yesterday.

The leader directs insurgents in Qalandar and Musa Khel Districts.

After receiving multiple reports of insurgent activity in the area, the combined force targeted a compound associated with the leader. The force searched the compound, and Afghan members of the force conducted interviews with residents. Based on the information provided, two suspected insurgents were detained for further questioning.

No civilians were harmed during the search.

ISAF today confirms a Taliban facilitator was captured during a security operation in Baraki Barak District, Logar province, Monday. The facilitator assisted the insurgent network with improvised explosive devices and weapons for attacks against Afghan security forces. Also the capture of a Taliban leader can be confirmed. The leader was engaged in planning ambushes and other attacks on Afghan forces. He was captured during a security operation in Nad’ Ali District, Helmand province on May 21.

In Ghazni province, yesterday, separate coalition force patrols discovered two weapons caches.

In Qarah Bagh District, the cache found consisted of eight rocket-propelled grenades, while a separate coalition force patrol in Deh Yak District discovered 10 120 mm rounds, one 105 mm rounds and one fuse.

All weapons and ammunition have been or will be destroyed by the security forces.

Article by ISAF Joint Command