ISAF Joint Command operational update
One Afghan civilian was seriously wounded in an improvised explosive device attack in Panjwa’I district, Kandahar province, Jan. 18.
The wounded was evacuated by Afghan civilians to a local hospital for treatment.
More than 15 insurgents were killed by International Security Assistance Force during separate clearing operations in eastern Afghanistan over the past 24 hours.
In Kunar province, during an ISAF patrol, coalition forces were engaged by an unknown number of insurgents with small arms fire in Dangam district. After gaining positive identification, coalition forces called for air support. The air weapons team supporting ground forces engaged the enemy position, killing numerous insurgents.
In the same province, during a separate clearing operation, an ISAF patrol was engaged by insurgents with small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades in Shigal wa Sheltan district. After establishing positive identification, coalition forces returned fire and called for air support. The air weapons team on scene engaged, killing numerous insurgents.
Also Jan. 18, Afghan National Security Forces and ISAF discovered several caches during separate clearing operations in southern, eastern and western Afghanistan.
In Kandahar, Uruzgan and Helmand provinces, Afghan National Security and ISAF patrols discovered several large weapons and IED-making components caches in Zharaj, Chorah, Tarin Kot, Marjah and Sangin districts. The caches consisted of 10 82 mm recoilless rifle rounds, 10 107 mm rockets, two RPG warheads, five RPGs, 24 RPG boosters, one 82 mm mortar round, one fragmentation grenade, 500 7.62 mm rounds, 14 AK-47 magazines, three hand grenades, 20 anti-personnel mines, 50 mortar charges, 11 mortar fuse, four Russian grenades, four AK-47s, nine full AK-47 magazines.
The IED-making components consisted of 15 pressure plates and several electronic components, one radio and homemade explosives.
Also in Helmand province, an ISAF patrol found a weapons cache in Washer district consisting of two RPGs, one machine-gun, two AK-47s and 5,000 7.62 mm rounds.
In Kandahar province, an Afghan civilian tip led an ISAF patrol to another large weapons cache in Zharay district consisting of 12 rockets and 19 fuses.
Initial reports indicate no civilians were injured and no damage was reported during the clearing operations. The weapons, IED making components and chemicals from all the provinces were confiscated and will be destroyed.
Article by ISAF Joint Command