Two Afghan and coalition security operations resulted in the peaceful capture of several suspected insurgents in eastern and southern Afghanistan yesterday.
The security force conducted 92 percent of their night operations this month without shots fired.
An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents during an overnight search for a Taliban leader operating in Zurmat district of Paktiya province.
The targeted individual coordinates and conducts indiscriminate improvised explosive device attacks and facilitates weapons for fighters under his command.
Intelligence reports led the security force to a compound north of Hosaynkhel in Zurmat district to search for the targeted individual. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to exit the compound peacefully before the joint security force cleared and secured the area. The security force detained the suspected insurgents after questioning at the scene.
A separate security force detained two suspected Taliban members during a joint operation in the Panjwa’i district of Kandahar province.
Security forces detained the suspects during an operation to apprehend a Taliban leader directly involved in planning IED attacks and ambushes against Afghan and coalition security members. The targeted individual also has close ties to numerous other Taliban leaders.
Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully before conducting the search. The joint force detained the individuals based on initial questioning at the scene.
The joint security teams conducted the operations in the hours of darkness between yesterday and today to minimize the risk to local citizens. No women or children were injured during the operations.
Article by ISAF Joint Command