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A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents, including a senior Haqqani leader, during a nighttime security operation in Zurmat District, Paktiya province, yesterday.

The killed leader, Yasin, was the preeminent source of roadside bomb attacks in Zurmat and Gardez Districts. He was a bomb expert who constructed and facilitated explosive weapon systems throughout the province, targeting Afghan and coalition forces.

The Afghan-led security force found themselves under attack by several armed insurgents shortly after arriving at the targeted compounds. After receiving extended heavy fire, the security force responded by killing several insurgents, including Yasin.

After the engagement, the force discovered and destroyed a rocket-propelled grenade launcher with three warheads, several grenades, a machinegun, multiple AK-47 rifles and numerous rounds of ammunition.

The force also detained several individuals for suspected involvement with the deceased insurgents. The security force was able to protect the women and children during the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents during an overnight security operation at a Taliban leader’s suspected compound in Archi District, Kunduz province, yesterday. The target of the search is a leader with the Kunduz attack network and is responsible for planning and conducting suicide attacks against Afghan government officials within the district.

ISAF today confirmed the capture of a Taliban leader during a security operation in Archi District, Kunduz province, June 14. The leader was the Taliban appointed governing official for the district.

South

A combined Afghan and coalition security force in Kandahar province captured a Taliban facilitator and more than five associates during a security operation in Arghandab District, yesterday. The facilitator was responsible for the movement of lethal materials for other Taliban networks.

The Afghan-led security force detained him and the others at a compound in the district. According to initial reports, the men were conducting a planning meeting at the time of their detention. No shots were fired during the night security search.

In Helmand province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban facilitator and one suspected insurgent during a nighttime security operation in Nahr-e Saraj District, yesterday. The facilitator was a key transfer agent, smuggling materials and resources from Iran for senior Taliban leaders in Helmand. He and an associate were captured by the Afghan-led force after they commenced a search on his compound.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader during a security operation in Qalat District, Zabul province, yesterday. The leader was responsible for kidnapping and assassinating local Afghan civilians. Specifically, he was involved in an attack at a local bazaar that wounded several civilians.

He was captured at his compound, where Afghan members of the force searched and questioned residents. The leader identified himself to the force and was taken into custody.

ISAF today confirmed the capture of a Taliban facilitator during a security operation in Tarnak wa Jaldak District, Zabul province, June 14. The facilitator assisted in the transfer of Uzbeks and Farsi speaking foreign fighters from Pakistan into Afghanistan to fight for the Taliban.

East

A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents and detained another during an overnight security operation in Mota Khan District, Paktika province, yesterday. The target for the operation is a Haqqani leader who conducts, coordinates and directs roadside bomb attacks and against Afghan and coalition forces.

The Afghan-led force was initiating a search for the leader when they were attacked by armed insurgents from the compound. The force returned fire, killing two insurgents and wounding another. Following the engagement, the force provided medical aid for the wounded insurgent and transported him to a medical facility. Additionally, they found multiple grenades, AK-47 rifles and chest racks at the engagement site. No women or children were present during the operation.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force in Khost province captured a Haqqani network leader and a network facilitator during separate security searches in Sabari District, yesterday. The leader directed 20 fighters who carrying out Haqqani operations in the district and was actively involved in building roadside bombs. The leader and several associates were identified and detained based on information provided during questioning.

Also in Sabari, a combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani network facilitator during a nighttime security search yesterday. The facilitator purchased, sold and transported weapons and ammunition in support of Haqqani operations. The combined security force located him at a compound in the district, and upon searching the area, detained him and several associates.

In Wardak province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained two individuals for questioning during an overnight security search in Chak-e Wardak District, yesterday.

The targeted leader is responsible for financial and logistical support to insurgents within the Onkhai valley area.

The Afghan-led security force conducted the search after receiving intelligence reports a Taliban leader was in the area. While searching the area, two individuals with suspected ties to the leader were detained for further questioning.

ISAF today confirmed the capture of a Haqqani facilitator during a security operation in Sabari, June 10. The facilitator was responsible for the purchase and sale of weapons and supplies to Haqqani insurgents in the district. He also prepared homemade bombs for attacks against the Afghan national army.

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