Coalition forces conducted a precision air strike in Ghazni province yesterday targeting a suspected Taliban house-borne improvised explosive device facility.
Intelligence sources indicated that a compound frequented by a Taliban leader responsible for attacks on Afghan National Security Forces in the Gelan district was likely being used as a house-borne IED facility in order to kill Afghan National Security and coalition force personnel. Recent reporting indicates his group was also making two suicide vehicle-borne IED's to be used against coalition forces operating in the province.
After careful planning to protect any civilians and property in the area, coalition forces conducted a precision air strike on the compound.
In Kunduz province, Afghan and coalition forces targeted a Taliban leader for Chahar Darah and Aliabad districts detaining three suspected insurgents during a security operation yesterday.
The targeted Taliban leader has connections to a Taliban explosives and weapons facilitator who is involved with producing and distributing IED's and facilitates the movement of suicide bombers.
The security force followed intelligence tips to the potential compound of the Taliban leader in Kunduz district. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to exit the compound peacefully before the joint security force cleared and secured the building. While securing the building, they found a child who had been injured during the clearing. The security force provided first aid to the child’s minor injury. After the area was secure, the security force conducted initial questioning at the scene before detaining three suspected insurgents.
In Nimroz province, Afghan and coalition forces detained six detainees during a joint security operation targeting a Taliban attack facilitator.
Forces conducted the operation in search of the facilitator who moves munitions and IED materials within northern Nimroz for attacks against coalition forces. He also facilitates the movement of materials to Taliban associates within Kandahar.
Forces followed leads to a series of targeted buildings in the Khash Rod district. The joint forces questioned the occupants of the location and conducted a search. The suspects were detained based on initial questioning.
The joint security team conducted these operations in the hours of darkness to minimize the risk to local citizens. The security forces conducted the operation without firing their weapons.
Article by ISAF Joint Command