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An Afghan-led security force killed numerous Haqqani network insurgents and detained two suspected insurgents while conducting a clearance operation in Bermal district, Paktika province, yesterday.

Immediately upon arriving at a compound, the security force was fired on by several armed insurgents. The insurgents, using the compound as barricaded cover, continued with an onslaught of small arms fire. The patrol returned fire in self-defence, killing the insurgent group.

The security force discovered several grenades, AK-47 assault rifles and chest racks within the compound. Two additional individuals with suspected ties to the Haqqani network were detained during the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

South

In Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, an Afghan-led security force detained numerous suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban leader, yesterday. The leader directs a roadside bomb attack cell and conducts bomb and small arms fire attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

In Zharay district, Kandahar province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents during an operation yesterday. The target of the operation was a Taliban facilitator who distributes weapons and roadside bomb making materials in the Maiwand and Zharay districts.

In Daman district, Kandahar province, an Afghan-led security force captured a Taliban leader and one associate during a security search, yesterday. The leader was responsible for attacks against Afghan National security forces.

Also in Kandahar, an Afghan-led security force detained one suspected insurgent yesterday during a security clearance operation in Panjwa’i district.

In Sangin district, Helmand province, a combined Afghan and coalition patrol discovered a weapons cache, yesterday. The cache consisted of seven rocket propelled grenade warheads, numerous varieties of ammunition, one bolt-action rifle, two pressure plates, one grenade, one trip wire, one RPG motor, and a heavy machine gun. All items were seized by the patrol and will be destroyed.

East

In Sherzad district, Nangarhar province, an Afghan-led security force killed several insurgents and detained several suspected insurgents during a security operation targeting a senior Taliban leader, yesterday.

The leader is the Taliban-appointed governing official for operations in Chaparhar district. He is responsible for directing attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces, and facilitates movement of foreign fighters from Pakistan into Afghanistan. While on the mission, the security force was engaged by multiple armed insurgents. The force responded to enemy fire, killing several.

Finally, in Sabari district, Khost province, an Afghan-led security force detained a Haqqani network leader and two of his associates during an overnight operation. The Haqqani leader was involved in direct fire attacks and conducted reconnaissance operations against the Afghan National Army.

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