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ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

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More than five insurgents were killed during a combined Afghan and coalition security operation targeting a mid-level Taliban leader in Khash Rod District, Nimroz province, yesterday.

During the operation, several insurgents attempted to engage the security force from elevated positions. An air weapons team engaged the insurgents, killing three. The others were killed by the security force on the ground.

After the engagement, the force confiscated and destroyed several AK-47 rifles and ammunition.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

South

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several individuals with suspected Taliban ties during an overnight operation in Qalat District, Zabul province, yesterday. The Afghan-led force detained the individuals during a search for a Taliban facilitator who procures and moves weapons for insurgents.

During a separate security search in Zharay District, Kandahar province, a combined security force detained one suspected insurgent while searching for a Taliban facilitator. The facilitator is responsible for material and personnel movements in the district.

A combined Afghan and coalition force discovered a drugs cache in Panjwa’i District, Kandahar province, today. The cache consisted of 992 pounds (450 kilograms) of marijuana. During the operation, rocket-propelled grenade propellant and three chest rigs were also discovered. The weapons and drugs were safely destroyed on site.

In Helmand province, a combined Afghan and coalition forced discovered 705 pounds (320 kgs) of wet opium in Washer District. The force also detained several individuals associated with the drugs. The drugs were safely destroyed on site.

East

A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed one insurgent and detained one individual during an overnight security operation in Deh Yak District, Ghazni province, yesterday. The force was searching for a Taliban facilitator responsible for supporting roadside and suicide bomb operations in the area.

While searching for the facilitator, the force noticed one insurgent, armed with an AK-47 rifle, attempting to flee. After locating the man, an engagement ensued and the man was killed. The security force detained one individual suspected of Taliban activity for additional questioning.

In Paktika province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani Network leader and two suspected insurgents during a security operation in Mata Khan District, yesterday. The leader was responsible for roadside bomb and ambush attacks targeting Afghan security forces in the district.

The Afghan-led security force targeted a compound in the district based on information provided by citizens. Once identified, the leader and his associates were taken into custody for additional questioning.

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