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A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two armed insurgents and detained several more suspected insurgents during a nighttime security operation in Mota Khan District, Paktika province, yesterday.

The Afghan-led security force encountered the armed insurgents while searching for a Haqqani network facilitator. The facilitator is a roadside and car bomb expert who conducts, coordinates and directs attacks against Afghan and coalition forces within the district.

After arriving at the target, the force noticed several armed individuals fleeing the area. The individuals opened fire on the security force when they pursued them. The force returned fire, killing the two insurgents. The force discovered one of the individuals was wearing a suicide vest, and they also discovered multiple grenades, AK-47 rifles and chest racks.

During their search, the force detained several suspected Haqqani insurgents and discovered several homemade explosives, blasting caps and detonation cord. The force ensured the safety of the civilians during the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents during an overnight security operation targeting a Taliban leader in Qush Tepah District, Jowzjan province, yesterday. The leader is the Taliban appointed governing official for operations in Jowzjan and conducts attacks against Afghan forces.

The Afghan-led security force followed several intelligence reports to a compound in the area, where they searched for the leader and associated insurgents. While searching the area, the force detained two individuals with suspected ties to Taliban activity.

South

A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban facilitator during a security operation in Kandahar City, Kandahar province, yesterday. The facilitator acquired roadside bomb materials for bomb construction and distribution throughout Kandahar City.

The Afghan-led security force located him at a compound after receiving several tips from citizens. During the night search, the facilitator was located in the compound. He was detained and transported with the security force for processing.

Also in Kandahar, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected Taliban insurgents during a night security operation in Zharay District, yesterday. The Afghan-led security force was targeting a Taliban leader who directs insurgents responsible for attacks against Afghan forces in Zharay’s Nakhonay village. He also operates in Salawat and Zalakhan in Panjwa’i District, Kandahar Province.

The men were discovered during the search of a compound associated with the leader. The force targeted the compound after receiving several reports of Taliban activity in the area. The men were detained for additional questioning.

In Helmand province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained two insurgents while searching for two Taliban facilitators during an overnight security operation in Marjah District, yesterday. The facilitators are responsible for purchasing roadside bomb materials, as well as using their shop as a bed-down facility for Taliban insurgents.

Following several intelligence tips, the force searched a compound and detained two suspected Taliban insurgents. Both men were identified during questioning and taken for further questioning.

A coalition patrol operating in Tarnek wa Jaldek District, Zabul province, observed several armed insurgents emplacing a roadside bomb. After gaining positive identification, an air weapons team engaged the position, killing more than five insurgents.

East

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several individuals with suspected ties to the Haqqani network during a night security operation in Charkh District, Logar province, yesterday. The target is a Haqqani facilitator responsible for conducting attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, as well as coordinating fighter and weapons movements in the district.

The individuals were detained after the Afghan-led security force searched a compound with ties to the leader. They were detained based on information provided by local residents during questioning.

In Nangarhar province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several individuals with suspected ties to insurgent activity during an overnight security search targeting a Taliban facilitator in Sherzad District, yesterday. The facilitator supports a roadside bomb cell which targets Afghan government officials in Memla village, Khugyani District.

The force searched for the facilitator at a compound where they detained the suspected individuals. The security force also safely destroyed 80 pounds (36 kilograms) of opium after searching the compound.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force in Khost province captured a Haqqani network leader and two of his associates during a nighttime security operation in Sabari District, yesterday. The leader targets Afghan forces with roadside bomb and direct attacks. He also purchases weapons and equipment for subordinate insurgents. He was captured at his compound after the Afghan-led security tracked him there earlier in the day.

A combined Afghan and coalition force discovered a weapons cache in Hisarak District, Nangarhar province, yesterday. The cache consisted of 47 20 mm rounds, 41 12.7 mm rounds and 17 fuses. They also discovered 119 pounds (54 kgs) of hashish. The weapons and drugs were seized by security forces.

Article by ISAF Joint Command