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A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban leader and killed several armed insurgents during a security operation in Zharay District, Kandahar province, yesterday.

The leader was responsible for roadside bomb and complex attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Zharay and Panjwa’i Districts.

While conducting the search, the security force encountered several armed insurgents. The insurgents opened fire on the combined force which then engaged the insurgent group, killing several. The security force continued searching for the Taliban leader and detained him after the engagement.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North

An Afghan-led security force conducted an operation resulting in the detention of a Taliban facilitator in Archi District, Kunduz province, yesterday.

The security force was calling out the facilitator when they noticed several armed individuals taking offensive positions. The security force employed an aircraft-mounted spotlight to de-escalate the situation, which failed to stop the offensive movement. Assessing an immediate threat, the force engaged one of the armed individuals, wounding him.

While securing the wounded individual, the security force noted he was wearing an ANP uniform. The security force provided immediate medical care and called for an emergency medical evacuation.

Unfortunately, the ANP officer died during medical evacuation.

“We are deeply saddened by this unfortunate incident,” said an ISAF security force commander. “The death of any Afghan is something ISAF takes very seriously. Our deepest apologies go to his family, the ANP and the Afghan government.”

The targeted facilitator, responsible for the movement and sale of heavy weapons and ammunition, was later detained by the security force.

South

In Zharay District, Kandahar province, an Afghan-led security force detained numerous suspected insurgents during a clearance operation, yesterday. The security force also discovered an unstable explosives facility and identified it as an immediate threat to local civilians. After ensuring no civilians were in the immediate area, the force called in an air strike to destroy the facility. Additional roadside bomb materials were also discovered and safely destroyed during the operation.

During a security operation in Qalat District, Zabul province, an Afghan-led security force detained numerous suspected insurgents yesterday while searching for a Taliban facilitator. The facilitator arranges roadside bomb emplacements along Highway 1 in Qalat District.

In Nahr-e Saraj District, Helmand province, an Afghan-led security force detained two suspected insurgents, yesterday. The target of the operation was a Taliban leader who directs a cell of insurgents, and conducts attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces.

East

An Afghan-led security force detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Haqqani Network leader in Sabari District, Khost province, yesterday. The leader is responsible for roadside bomb emplacements targeting Afghan and coalition security forces.

Also in Sabari District, an Afghan-led security force detained two suspected insurgents yesterday while searching for a Haqqani leader responsible for direct attacks against the Afghan National Army.

In Zurmat District, Paktiya province, an Afghan-led security force detained two suspected insurgents, yesterday. The force was searching for a Taliban leader who provides guidance and reports to insurgents in Mata Khan District.

Finally, in Ghazni District, Ghazni province, an Afghan-led security force detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban facilitator. The facilitator is responsible for procuring and disseminating weapons and supplies to insurgents in the area. The security force also confiscated vehicle-born improvised explosive device materials, grenades, an AK-47 assault rifle with several magazines and a chest rack.

Article by ISAF Joint Command