A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained numerous individuals with suspected ties to the Taliban and destroyed an explosives site during an overnight security operation in Maiwand District, Kandahar province, yesterday.
The Afghan-led security force was in the area searching for a Taliban leader who directs a Taliban cell in the district and coordinates the movement of narcotics and homemade bombs.
Several intelligence reports of insurgent activity led the force to the leader’s suspected compound. While searching, the force discovered homemade explosives, homemade bomb materials and an AK-47 rifle. The force questioned residents about Taliban activity and numerous individuals with suspected involvement with the Taliban were detained for further questioning. There was no use of force and the women and children were protected throughout the search.
In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:
A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents during a security operation targeting a Taliban facilitator in Imam Sahib District, Kunduz province, yesterday. The facilitator supports the Kunduz attack network, which is responsible for the assassination of Afghan government officials and attacks against Afghan security forces.
The Afghan-led security force searched for the leader at a compound based on numerous intelligence reports and discovered several individuals who they suspected had ties to Taliban activity. After questioning, the force detained the the suspected insurgents. The night operation was completed with no shots fired and no civilians harmed.
In Helmand province, one suspected insurgent was detained and 5 pounds (2 kilograms) of opium were destroyed during a security operation in Nahr-e Saraj District, yesterday.
The combined security force was searching for a Taliban leader who is responsible for planning and commanding operations against Afghan and coalition forces. He also coordinates the procurement of weapons and distributes them to fighters in the district. There were no shots fired and no civilians were harmed.
A combined Afghan and coalition force patrol discovered a drug cache in Maiwand District, Kandahar province, yesterday. The cache consisted of 30 bags weighing approximately 100 pounds (45 kgs) of marijuana seeds and 13 empty shell casings.
A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several insurgents while searching for a Haqqani network leader in Yahya Khel District, Paktika province, yesterday. The leader is the Haqqani appointed governing official for attacks in the district and responsible for planning and coordinating attacks targeting Afghan forces.
Multiple intelligence leads led the combined force to a compound in search of the leader. During the search, the force identified several suspected insurgents based on interviews with residents. The men were transported with the force for further questioning. There were no shots fired during the night operation.
Also in Paktika, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents during a security operation targeting a Haqqani network leader in Mota Khan District, yesterday. The leader is the Haqqani appointed governing official for attacks in the district and is responsible for the acquisition and emplacement of roadside bombs targeting Afghan security forces.
The Afghan-led security force searched for the leader at an associated compound. They cleared the area and interviewed residents regarding Haqqani activity in the area. After questioning, two suspected insurgents were detained. No shots were fired and the civilians were protected throughout the night search.
In Logar province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban leader in Baraki Barak District, yesterday. The leader is responsible for conducting attacks against Afghan government officials and directs an explosive device cell in the area.
The individuals were detained after the Afghan-led security force searched a suspected compound and questioned residents. The information provided led to their detention and the men were transported with the security force for additional questioning. No civilians were harmed during the night operation.
In Sabari District, Khost province, a security force detained one suspected insurgent while searching for a Haqqani leader who is involved in roadside bomb emplacements targeting Afghan and coalition combined forces. The security force ensured the safety of the women and children and no shots were fired during the night operation.
A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents during an overnight clearing operation in Sayyidabad District, Wardak province, yesterday. The Afghan-led force conducted the operation in Onkhai valley to clear a known Taliban safe haven associated with roadside bomb attacks.
While searching the area, the force encountered two individuals they suspected were Taliban insurgents and discovered homemade bomb making materials. The force questioned the individuals and determined that they should be held for additional questioning. The force ensured the safety of the women and children during the search.
In Gardez District, Paktiya province, yesterday, an Afghan and coalition forces patrol discovered a weapons cache consisting of eight 76 mm high-explosive rounds.
Article by ISAF Joint Command