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A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two armed insurgents during a security search targeting a Taliban leader in Alingar District, Laghman province yesterday.

Reports indicate the leader is finalizing preparations for an imminent attack in the district. The leader, who supports both Taliban and Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin networks, has previously been involved in attacks against the Afghan national army.

The two insurgents were hiding in a nearby tree line when the Afghan-led security force noticed them holding rocket-propelled grenade launchers and small-arms weapons. After ensuring no women or children were in the area, an engagement ensued and the insurgents were killed. Initial reports indicate no civilians were harmed during the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

South

A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader and a facilitator, and killed one insurgent during a security operation in Zharay District, Kandahar province yesterday. The leader was responsible for conducting roadside bomb and direct fire attacks against Afghan national security forces. His associated facilitator was responsible for attack planning and movement of materials in the district.

They were captured after the Afghan-led security force conducted an overnight security search of several buildings in the district. While the force searched the area, one insurgent was killed after he attacked a member of the security force. Numerous additional suspected insurgents were also detained for further questioning.

In Marjah District, Helmand province, a combined security force detained one suspected insurgent while searching for a Taliban leader responsible for coordinating operations against Afghan and coalition forces.

East

A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban facilitator during a nighttime security operation in Mehtar Lam District, Laghman province, yesterday. The facilitator supported insurgent activities by performing surveillance of possible targets. He also acquired and distributed weapons, ammunition and supplies to Taliban leaders throughout the area.

The Afghan-led security force captured him after intelligence reports led them to a compound in Mehtar Lam. The force identified him with the help of residents at the compound.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani network leader and several of his associates during a security operation in Dilah wa Khoshamand District, Paktika province, yesterday. The leader directed attack cells and organized attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces. After searching his compound and interviewing residents, the leader and his associates were identified and detained.

During a separate security search in Sabari District, Khost province, a combined security force detained one suspected insurgent while searching for a Haqqani facilitator yesterday. The targeted facilitator is responsible for coordinating and planning attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the district.

A coalition force patrol discovered a weapons cache after receiving tips from residents in Kahmard District, Bamyan province, yesterday. The cache consisting of three RPGs, one high-explosive rocket, one 107 mm incendiary shell, three 152 mm shells, eight 82 mm mortars, 14 hand grenades, two mortar fuses, two flares, nine RPG boosters, 22 mortar-propelling cartridges, eight grenade fuses, eight anti-personnel landmines and 14.7 mm ammunition.

West

A coalition force discovered a weapons cache in Chaghcharan District, Ghor province, yesterday consisting of 50 82 mm mortar rounds and eight mortar fuses. The weapons were safely destroyed by security forces.

Article by ISAF Joint Command