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Afghan and coalition security forces killed one insurgent and detained several other suspected insurgents during clearing operations in Qush Tepah district, Jowzjan province, yesterday.

Joint security forces targeted a bunker and cave complex during a clearing operation to prevent insurgents from using the area as a safe haven for coordinating and staging attacks. The clearing operation resulted in one insurgent killed and several suspected insurgents detained for further questioning. Initial reports indicate no civilians were harmed during the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

South

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained one suspected insurgent while searching for a Taliban facilitator in Musa Qal’ah district, Helmand province, yesterday. The targeted facilitator is a narcotics and weapons facilitator operating in northern Helmand. He coordinates shipments to Bahram Chah, assisting Taliban leaders in surrounding districts, and works with the senior coordinator of all shipments of Taliban material throughout the province.

Intelligence sources led the security force to a compound in the Musa Qal’ah district. The security force used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to peacefully exit the buildings, allowing them to ensure the safety of all women and children. After clearing and securing the area, the security force detained one suspected insurgent for further questioning. Approximately 750 pounds (340 kilograms) of heroin base was also found on the premises. No weapons were fired during the operation.

In Kandahar province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents during an operation targeting a Taliban leader who coordinates the use of improvised explosive devices, in Zharay district, yesterday. The leader acquires IED components for distribution throughout the district and facilitates the coordination and execution of attacks against Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition security forces.

Multiple intelligence sources led the security force to a compound associated with the Taliban leader in the district. The security force cleared and secured the area and after initial questioning, several suspected insurgents were detained.

Coalition forces killed several insurgents in Reg-e Khan Neshin district, Helmand province, yesterday. While conducting security operations in the district, forces observed insurgents. After gaining positive identification, coalition forces engaged the enemy position, killing the insurgents. Initial reports indicate no civilians were injured during this operation.

East

A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani Network facilitator in Khost province, yesterday. The facilitator was responsible for facilitating the movement of mortars, ammunition and various other weapons for attacks against Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition security forces.

Based on multiple intelligence sources and tips from local citizens, the force targeted a compound in Bak district that was associated with the facilitator. The security force isolated and secured the compound where, after questioning residents on-scene, they identified and detained the targeted facilitator, along with one other suspected insurgent. Two rifles, an IED tripwire and two chest racks were found and safely destroyed by the security force. There was no property damage and no civilians were harmed.

Also in Bak district, a separate combined security force captured another Haqqani Network facilitator, yesterday. The facilitator was involved in the supply of weapons, ammunition and IED materials to other insurgents operating in Sabari district.

The security forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants of the targeted compound to peacefully exit the buildings, ensuring the safety of 30 children. Forces cleared and secured the area and after initial questioning on the scene, they identified and detained the facilitator along with several additional suspected insurgents. The security force did not fire their weapons during the operation.

In Logar province, an Afghan and coalition security force detained several insurgents while conducting clearing operations in Baraki Barak district, yesterday. The security force conducted a raid in the district based on multiple intelligence sources and tips from citizens. The area was known as a Taliban safe haven associated with IED activity.

After isolating the area, the security force called for all occupants to peacefully exit the buildings and then secured the area. After initial questioning on the scene, the force detained the suspected insurgents for further questioning. Various explosive components, weapons, ammunition and electronics were found buried.

Operating in Paktika province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani Network facilitator in Orgun district, yesterday. The facilitator has undergone suicide training in order to conduct attacks.

Acting on intelligence tips, the security force targeted a compound. Afghan soldiers used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to peacefully exit the buildings and then secured the area. After initial questioning on the scene, the assault force identified and detained the facilitator. The security force did not fire their weapons and they protected four women and 11 children during the operation.

Coalition forces killed numerous insurgents during security operations in Sar Kani district, Kunar province, yesterday. Forces received small-arms fire from two enemy positions. After gaining positive identification, an air weapons team engaged the enemy positions, killing the insurgents. Initial reports indicate no civilians were injured during the operation.

In Mehtar Lam district, Laghman province, coalition forces discovered a weapons cache consisting of one 75 mm round, three 82 mm mortar rounds, 250 PKM rounds, one anti-tank mine and various IED-making materials, yesterday.

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