ISAF Hunts Insurgent Bigwigs
By Harold Hutchison
A joint operation involving Afghan and ISAF forces resulted in the deaths of what an ISAF release described as “numerous insurgents” in Balkh province. The ISAF/Afghan force was hunting the second-highest figure in Taliban leadership in the province’s Chimtal district.
ISAF also reported that a senior Taliban leader in Helmand province was captured during operations. The unidentified leader was involved in acquiring and distributing weapons for insurgent groups, also had been involved in carrying out attacks against ISAF and Afghan forces. The Taliban leader was also the owner of poppy farms used to produce opium.
ISAF’s Regional Command East reported disarmed seven improvised explosive devices, taking its total over the past week to at least 37.