A joint Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance Force patrol killed several insurgents during an operation targeting two Taliban leaders in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, yesterday.
The two Taliban leaders are active in facilitating and conducting attacks against Afghan security forces and ISAF. The first leader has been involved in improvised explosive device facilitation and attacks in Nad ‘Ali District. The other target is a Taliban tactical leader who is active in the emplacement of explosive devices and direct fire attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
Upon arrival at the targeted compound, the patrol surrounded the area and Afghan forces conducted a call-out to allow the inhabitants of the compound to exit peacefully. Eleven women and 11 children exited and were protected throughout the operation.
The security force then entered the compound and started clearing the compound. As they were clearing it, the joint force was engaged by numerous armed insurgents. The force returned fire, killing several insurgents. Rifles and a pistol were found during a subsequent search of the area.
One man was detained during the operation and was taken by Afghan authorities for processing and further questioning.
Article by ISAF Joint Command