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ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

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A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained a Haqqani Network leader during an overnight operation in Zurmat District, Paktiya province, yesterday.

The Afghan-led force located the leader, who is responsible for the deaths of three International Security Assistance Force service members killed in a roadside bomb attack yesterday. Several of his associates were also detained at the compound in the district. The force detained the insurgent and his associates for further questioning, and safely destroyed several roadside bomb components, grenades and a chest rack in their possession.

The Haqqani Network operates primarily in Khost, Paktiya and Paktika provinces. They have been involved in several attacks targeting Kabul City, including high profile hotel and embassy attacks in 2008, 2009 and a recent 2011 attack. Combined Afghan and coalition security forces have captured more than 80 Haqqani leaders this year.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North

A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed one insurgent and detained several others during a security operation in Sar-e Pul District, Sar-e Pul province, yesterday.

With the help of tips from residents, the Afghan-led security force was led to an area where a group of known insurgents were conducting Taliban activities. The force located one of the insurgents and called on him to surrender peacefully. The insurgent did not comply, refusing to respond to verbal Pashtu commands. The insurgent, armed with an AK-47 rifle, made a series of aggressive movements and was engaged and killed by the force. The force was able to detain the remaining insurgents without incident.

Also in Kunduz yesterday, an Afghan-led security force detained multiple suspected insurgents during a security search in Archi District.

South

During a security operation in Nahr-e Saraj District, Helmand province, a combined security force detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban facilitator yesterday. The facilitator smuggles weapons from Kandahar province and Pakistan to insurgents throughout Helmand.

In Panjwa’i District yesterday, an Afghan-led security force detained one suspected insurgent during a search for a Taliban leader responsible for coordinating roadside bomb and direct fire attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

In a separate operation yesterday, an Afghan-led security force detained several individuals with suspected ties to the Taliban in Qalat District, Zabul province. The force was searching for a Taliban leader who is responsible for constructing and emplacing roadside bombs in the area.

East

A combined security force detained multiple suspected insurgents and discovered 50 pounds (23 kilograms) of ammonium nitrate during a search for a Taliban leader in Ghazni District, Ghazni province, yesterday. The leader directs Taliban fighters in conducting attacks along Highway 1.

During a security search in Sabari District, Khost province, an Afghan-led security force detained two suspected insurgents yesterday. The force was searching for a Haqqani network leader who commands an insurgent cell in Sabari, and is also heavily involved in the facilitation of weapons and explosives distribution.

Also in Sabari District, the force detained two additional suspected insurgents while searching for a Haqqani facilitator, yesterday. The facilitator is involved in large scale movements of supplies for insurgents operating in the area.

Finally, in Sayyidabad District, Wardak province, an Afghan-led security force detained two suspected insurgents during a security search for a Taliban leader, yesterday. The leader directs an insurgent cell to carry out bombing attacks in the district and is responsible for attacks against Afghan government officials.

Article by ISAF Joint Command