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A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents and detained several suspected insurgents during a nighttime security operation to search for a Taliban leader in Baghlan-e Jadid District, Baghlan province, yesterday.

The leader serves on the Baghlan-e Jadid District Taliban commission and previously led a group of 10 fighters. He also works with area commission members and other Taliban leaders to plan attack operations.

While moving to isolate the targeted compound, the Afghan-led security force was attacked by several insurgents armed with AK-47 rifles. Responding to the fire, the force killed two armed insurgents.

Immediately following the engagement, the force isolated and searched one of the targeted compounds where they detained one individual with suspected ties to Taliban activity. Additional suspected insurgents were also detained at separate compounds. All individuals were transported with the force for further questioning.

Throughout the search, the force ensured the safety of the women and children during the operation. No civilians were harmed.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

South

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents during an overnight security operation to search for a Taliban leader in Spin Boldak District, Kandahar province, yesterday. The leader commands a Taliban attack cell and is recruiting for a new militia.

The Afghan-led security force searched a compound in the district where Taliban activity was suspected. During their search, the force interviewed residents and cleared the area. They were able to identify and detain two individuals with suspected ties to the leader for further questioning. The operation was completed with no civilians harmed.

In Zabul province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained numerous individuals with suspected ties to Taliban activity while searching for a Taliban leader in Shah Joy District, yesterday. The leader plans explosive device attacks against Afghan and coalition forces along Highway 1 in the district.

The Afghan-led force searched for the leader at a compound in Shah Joy based on reports of Taliban activity. They cleared the targeted compound and interviewed residents. During initial questioning, the force identified numerous suspected insurgents who were taken into custody for further questioning and possible detention. The force completed the operation without using force and no civilians were harmed.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban facilitator and several suspected insurgents during a nighttime security operation in Nahr-e Saraj District, Helmand province, yesterday. The facilitator coordinated movement of homemade bomb components and relayed situational reports to senior leadership after attacks occurred.

Following multiple reports indicating insurgent activity in the area, the force searched a compound associated with the facilitator. While searching the compound, the facilitator identified himself to the force, resulting in his detention. Additionally, with the help of interviews from residents, the security force was able to identify and detain several of his associates for further questioning. The security force ensured the safety of the women and children and no civilians were harmed.

East

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents during a security operation targeting a Taliban leader in Chak District, Wardak province, yesterday. The leader plans and coordinates explosive device attacks against Afghan forces.

The Afghan-led force detained one individual when he attempted to evade capture by hiding in a nearby tree line. The second individual was detained during a search of the targeted compound. Both men were transported with the security force for further questioning. The night operation was completed with no shots fired and no civilians harmed.

In Ghazni province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents during a security operation targeting a Taliban leader in Ghazni District yesterday. The leader commands approximately 15 fighters in attacks on Afghan security forces along Highway 1. He operates primarily in Ghazni, Waghaz and Deh Yak Districts in Ghazni.

The Afghan-led security force commenced the search on the leader’s suspected compound, where they discovered rocket-propelled grenade boosters and other large munitions. Continuing their search, the force identified two individuals with suspected ties to the leader. They were taken into custody and transported with the security force for further questioning. No shots were fired during the night operation and the force protected the women and children.

Also in Ghazni, a combined Afghan and coalition force discovered a weapons cache in Deh Yak District yesterday. The cache consisted of four 105 mm high-explosion mortar rounds, one 105 mm smoke round and 35 blasting caps. The weapons were safely destroyed by security forces.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained two individuals with suspected associations to Taliban activity during a security operation targeting a Taliban facilitator in Musa Khel District, Khost province, yesterday. The facilitator is responsible for the movement of supplies and equipment to Haqqani senior leadership in Miram Shah, Pakistan.

While searching for the facilitator at an associated compound, the security force detained two individuals suspected of involvement in Taliban activity. Also during the search they confiscated multiple grenades, an AK-47 rifle and chest racks. The force completed the night operation without the use of force.

Also in Khost province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained numerous individuals with suspected ties to the Haqqani network during an overnight security operation targeting a Haqqani leader in Sabari District yesterday. The leader facilitates and coordinates indirect fire, roadside bomb and car bomb attacks against the Afghan National Army operating in Sabari.

Following intelligence tips, the Afghan-led force searched two compounds for Haqqani activity in the district. While searching the area, they discovered multiple grenade fuses, rifles, loose ammunition and chest racks. During the search, Afghan members of the force interviewed residents, identifying and detaining the individuals with suspected ties to insurgent activity. The operation was completed with no shots fired and no civilians harmed.

In Nangarhar province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained one suspected insurgent during a security operation targeting a Taliban facilitator in Surkh Rod District yesterday. The facilitator moves weapons and explosive devices for attacks conducted in the district. He is also associated with the February Kabul Bank attack that killed several Afghan civilians and wounded many others.

Based on numerous reports indicating explosive device facilitation in the area, the Afghan-led force searched a compound associated with the facilitator. While searching the area, Afghan members of the force interviewed residents, where they identified an individual with suspected ties to facilitating explosive device activity in the district. The night operation was completed with no shots fired and no civilians harmed.

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