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In Qush Tepah District, Jowzjan province, an Afghan-led security force killed two Taliban insurgents during a security search for a Taliban roadside bomb expert.

The security force targeted the area after being notified of multiple insurgents carrying out operations in the area. Local residents later informed them about Taliban members who were collecting illegal taxes and coercing residents with the threat of death.

The force pursued the insurgents, finding them at a location in the district.

The first individual was engaged after the security force noticed him taking an offensive fighting position, preparing to attack them. He was killed as a result of the engagement. At a separate location, another insurgent, who displayed hostile intent, was engaged and killed. Following both engagements the force confiscated several AK-47 assault rifles and chest racks.

After each engagement the security force detained individuals with suspected ties to the Taliban. A total of three men were detained for further questioning.

Before leaving the area, the security force destroyed all insurgent weapons and equipment.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North

In Darzab District, Jowzjan province, an Afghan-led security force killed two Taliban insurgents and detained two other insurgents during a security search yesterday.

The security search was conducted against a Taliban roadside bomb cell operating in the district. The cell is responsible for carrying out attacks against Afghan National Security Forces.

During the search of the area, the security force noticed several insurgents attempting to flee. While in pursuit, one of the insurgents was engaged after he displayed hostile intent towards the security force. The force then moved against a second insurgent who repositioned to an enemy defensive location. An Afghan member of the force, noticing the threat, engaged the second insurgent, killing him.

The remaining two insurgents were later detained at associated locations.

South

During a search in Nahr-e Saraj District, Helmand province, an Afghan and coalition combined security force captured a Taliban leader and detained one of his associates.
The leader directed a cell of fighters in the district, and he coordinated attacks, weapons facilitation, and intelligence gathering for insurgents in the area.

An Afghan-led security force captured a Taliban facilitator during a security operation in Arghandab District, Kandahar province, yesterday.

The target of the operation was a Taliban weapons facilitator who was responsible for purchasing and distributing weapons and roadside bomb materials in the district.

East

An Afghan and coalition combined security force killed five insurgents during a security operation targeting a Taliban leader in Qarghah’i District, Laghman province yesterday.

The leader plans attacks and facilitates weapons, fighters, and suicide bombers in the area.

The security force searched for the leader at an associated compound in the district. While there, the force encountered several armed insurgents who engaged them throughout the night.

The force, responding to enemy fire, killed five insurgents and wounded another. One local national female had minor wounds as a result of the engagement. She was treated on-site, and released after being assessed in good health.

Before leaving the area, the security force detained two individuals with suspected ties to the Taliban. They will be held for further questioning.

An Afghan-led security force detained two suspected insurgents during a clearance operation targeting a Haqqani Network safe haven in Sar Rowzah, Paktika province, yesterday.

Article by ISAF Joint Command