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A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed numerous insurgents and detained several more suspected insurgents during a security operation in Omnah District, Paktika province, yesterday.

The force was in the area searching for a Haqqani network leader who coordinates and participates in indirect fire and roadside bomb attacks on Afghan checkpoints.

After arriving at the compound, the Afghan-led security force was immediately engaged by armed insurgents. The force returned fire and moved to an alternate location where they were attacked by an additional group of armed men. The ensuing engagement resulted in several insurgents killed.

The force returned to the original compound and was able to escort the women and children out of the immediate area, ensuring their safety. Shortly after, the security force was again engaged by multiple armed insurgents from the compound. As a force protection measure, the force called in air support to suppress enemy fire. Following the airstrike, the security force completed their mission and exited the area.

During the engagements, numerous insurgents were killed and five others detained. Additionally, several grenades, AK-47 rifles, a machine gun and multiple chest racks were found on the deceased insurgents.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North

A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents and detained one suspected insurgent while searching for a Taliban leader in Archi District, Kunduz province, yesterday. The leader is a roadside bomb and suicide bomb facilitator in the district. There is no word on whether he is among those killed during the operation.

The Afghan-led security force was attempting to search a compound associated with the leader when insurgents opened fire on their position. The security force responded, attempting to suppress enemy fire. Once firing ceased, an Afghan member of the force called for the insurgents to surrender peacefully, however the armed insurgents ignored the request and continued their assault against the force.

The security force continued attempting to de-escalate the situation by calling, in multiple local dialects, for the insurgents to give themselves up peacefully. After receiving continuous fire from the insurgents and assessing no women and children were present in the compound, the security force called for a precision airstrike as a force protection measure.

The airstrike killed two armed insurgents and the force later founds several grenades, AK-47 rifles, an AK-47 grenade launcher, chest racks and several magazines of ammunition. Additionally, the security force detained one suspected insurgent after the airstrike. Initial reports indicate no civilians were harmed as a result of the airstrike.

South

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents during a nighttime security operation targeting a Taliban leader in Arghandab District, Kandahar province, yesterday. The leader is responsible for planning imminent attacks and coordinates the movement of materials throughout Panjwa’i District, Spin Boldak District, and central Kandahar province.

The combined security force searched for the leader at an associated compound in the district and detained the individuals for suspected ties to the Taliban.

In Helmand province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban facilitator during a night security operation in Sangin District, yesterday. The captured facilitator coordinated homemade explosives, narcotics shipments and financial movements throughout the district.

He was detained during a search of his compound in the district. The security force isolated the compound, calling for all occupants to exit peacefully. The force interviewed residents and based on the information provided, identified and detained the facilitator.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban facilitator and several associates during a security operation in Tarnek wa Jaldak District, Zabul province, yesterday. The facilitator led a group of eight fighters and was responsible for roadside bomb attacks along Highway 1.

The facilitator was captured at his compound in Zabul, where he was identified with the help of information provided by residents. The security force detained him and his associates for further questioning. The force ensured the safety of the civilians throughout the night search.

East

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Haqqani network leader in Sabari District, Khost province, yesterday.

The leader is responsible for the coordination of indirect fire and roadside bomb attacks targeting Afghan and coalition forces.

The Afghan-led security force discovered the individuals while searching the leader’s suspected compound. The individuals were detained after initial questioning.

Also in Khost, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents during an overnight security operation in Musa Khel District, yesterday. The Afghan-led security force was searching for a Haqqani network facilitator who is responsible for equipment and supply movements to Haqqani senior leadership.

The security force searched for the leader at an associated compound where they interviewed residents about Haqqani activity. Based on information provided, the two individuals were detained.

In Logar province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Hezb-E Islami Gulbuddin leader during a security operation in Baraki Barak District, yesterday.

The leader was responsible for conducting attacks targeting Afghan government officials and supported an extensive weapons facilitation network supporting attacks across Logar, Wardak and northward into Kabul.

The Afghan-led security force received several intelligence reports throughout the week that led them to his location. Following these tips, the force was able to track him to a compound in the district. After isolating the compound, the force commenced their search and identified and detained the leader.

During a separate security operation in Sayyidabad District, Wardak province, the combined security force detained one suspected insurgent yesterday. The force detained him while commencing a clearing operation aimed at disrupting a Taliban safe haven in the district. This district is associated with several insurgent leaders, suicide bomb facilitation and attack planning against Afghan security forces. No shots were fired during the night operation.

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