Dozens of Afghan soldiers and police, supported by coalition special operations forces, concluded a six-day operation against insurgent networks in the Chak district, Wardak province yesterday.
More than 30 insurgents were killed by Afghan commandos, Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army, and coalition forces, who participated in the operation.
Coalition officials have confirmed five of the insurgents who were killed were high level Taliban commanders who operated in the area.
• Ahmad Shah, was a Taliban leader who was directly involved in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Chak-e Wardak district.
• Mullah Malang was a Taliban leader and improvised explosive device expert who controlled an insurgent cell that conducted attacks against Afghan National Security Forces' outposts and patrols.
• Zubair was a Taliban leader who provided logistical support to the insurgency and carrying out attacks against coalition forces.
• Rasul Jan was a Taliban cell leader who led 30 - 40 insurgents and specialized in IED attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
• Wahdat was a Taliban leader who led a cell of insurgents and was known to have coordinated attacks in the province.
Almost three dozen suspected insurgents were detained during the operation.
One Afghan soldier was killed during the operation and one civilian was injured by insurgent small-arms fire. Members of the combined force provided immediate assistance and transported the victim to a medical facility for further treatment.
In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:
An Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents during a security operation in search of a Taliban senior leader in Washer district, Helmand province, today. The Taliban leader is suspected of coordinating the movement of Taliban fighters and weapons within northern Helmand province. The security force also seized two pounds of illegal narcotics and one assault-style weapon as a result of the operation.
An Afghan and coalition security force detained one suspected insurgent during an operation in search of a Taliban leader in Nad ‘Ali district, Helmand province, today. The Taliban leader is believed to report directly to senior Taliban leaders within Helmand province and aids in the coordination of Taliban efforts against Afghan and coalition forces.
An Afghan-led security force, supported by coalition troops, arrested a Haqqani facilitator in Tsamkani, Paktiya province, today. The Haqqani facilitator was arrested for allegedly financing and procuring weapons to support the Haqqani insurgent network, for managing and recruiting suicide attackers, and for participating in attack planning against Afghan and coalition forces. The facilitator was also believed to have coordinated shipments of heavy machine-guns, anti-aircraft ammunition and explosives to support the insurgency. The security force apprehended one additional suspected insurgent and seized multiple firearms along with remote-controlled improvised explosive device materials as a result of the operation.
An Afghan and coalition security force detained one suspected insurgent during an operation in search of a Haqqani leader in Pul-e ‘Alam district, Logar province, today. The Haqqani leader is suspected of facilitating the purchase and movement of weapons and supplies for Haqqani insurgents to use against Afghan and coalition forces.
An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban facilitator and improvised explosive device manufacturer in Gelan district, Ghazni province, today. The facilitator is suspected of procuring and distributing explosives, mortars, and IED-building materials throughout the region. He is also believed to have conducted IED attacks against Afghan and coalition assets. During the operation, the security force also detained two suspected insurgents.
Article by ISAF Joint Command