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A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a key facilitator for the Kunduz attack network and two of his associates during a nighttime security operation in Archi District, Kunduz province, yesterday.

The facilitator moved suicide bombers and explosive materials for the network. This network consists of multiple Taliban and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan insurgents who are directly involved in explosive device and suicide bomb attacks against Afghan government officials and Afghan National Security Forces.

The network is responsible for the Feb. 10 attack against the Chahar Darah district governor, killing the governor and six others. The network is also responsible for the Feb. 21 attack against the Imam Sahib District governor’s office which killed 30 Afghan civilians.

The Afghan-led security force searched for the facilitator at his compound. There, Afghan members of the force called for all occupants to exit, allowing the force to ensure the safety of the women and children. During interviews with residents, the facilitator identified himself to the force and was apprehended. Two of his associates were also detained and transported with the security force for further questioning. No shots were fired during the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North

A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed one armed insurgent and detained one suspected insurgent during a security operation targeting a Taliban leader in Kishindeh District, Balkh province, yesterday. The leader is responsible for training subordinates in explosive and homemade bomb construction and facilitates the movement of explosive device parts and weapons throughout the district.

While searching for the leader, the Afghan-led security force immediately encountered the armed man. The subsequent engagement resulted in the insurgent’s death.

Following the engagement, the force searched the targeted compound and detained one individual with suspected ties to the leader. No civilians were harmed during the operation.

Also in Balkh province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents while supporting an Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army operation in Chimtal District, Balkh province, yesterday. The operation targeted a Taliban leader in the district who is responsible for preparing attacks on Afghan National Security Forces using IEDs, mines, and conventional weapons.

After extensive intelligence gathering, the force searched for the leader at his compound. While searching, the force interviewed residents who helped them identify several suspected insurgents. The men were taken into custody for further questioning and possible detention. The force also confiscated multiple grenades, AK-47 rifles and chest racks. No civilians were harmed in the night operation.

South

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained numerous individuals with suspected ties to Taliban activity during an overnight security operation in Qalat District, Zabul province, yesterday. The Afghan-led force was searching for a Taliban explosives facilitator. The facilitator was involved in the kidnapping, robbing and murder of an Afghan National Directorate of Security agent.

The force searched a suspected compound based on several intelligence tips. While searching, they identified numerous suspected insurgents who were transported for further questioning and possible detention.

In Helmand province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents during a security operation in Marjeh District, yesterday. The search targeted a Taliban leader who directs an explosive-device attack cell in the district.

The individuals were identified while the Afghan-led security force searched the leader’s suspected compound. The force detained the individuals after initial questioning. No shots were fired in the night operation

During another search in Panjwa’i District, Kandahar province, a combined security force detained one suspected insurgent and confiscated 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of marijuana while searching for a Taliban leader in the district. The leader is responsible for conducting multiple ambushes and roadside bomb attacks against Afghan security forces throughout the district. The force ensured the safety the women and children during the nighttime search.

East

In Sayyid Khayl District, Parwan province, a coalition force patrol conducting traffic check point operations discovered an explosives cache Monday. The patrol searched a cargo truck that was transporting 300 bags of ammonium nitrate weighting approximately 14,000 pounds (6,350 kilograms). The vehicle was turned over to Afghan authorities.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained numerous individuals with suspected ties to the Haqqani network during a security operation in Mota Khan District, Paktika province, yesterday. The Afghan-led force was searching for a senior Haqqani leader who is the Haqqani appointed governing official for attacks in the district.

The force searched a compound based on several intelligence tips. While searching, they identified numerous suspected insurgents. The suspects were transported with the security force for further questioning and possible detention. No shots were fired during the night operation.

In Paktiya province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents during an overnight security operation in Zurmat District, yesterday. The Afghan-led force detained the individuals while searching for a Haqqani network facilitator who operates in the district and is involved with car-bomb activities.

The search was conducted at the facilitator’s suspected compound. After searching the area, the force interviewed residents and apprehended the suspected insurgents for further questioning. The force conducted the operation without the use of force and no civilians were harmed.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents during a security operation targeting a Haqqani network leader in Sabari District, Khost province, yesterday. The targeted leader directs a large group of fighters conducting roadside bomb, car bomb and direct attacks against the Afghan National Army.

Multiple intelligence tips led the combined security force to a compound in search of the leader. The force searched the area and confiscated an AK-47 rifle, chest rack and multiple ammunition magazines. After interviewing residents, the force detained several individuals with suspected ties to Haqqani activity. No shots were shots fired and no civilians were harmed in the night operation.

Article by ISAF Joint Command