Taliban, IMU, Lose Bigwigs
By Harold Hutchison
ISAF confirmed that a Taliban leader and a leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan were killed during operations over the last two days. Feda Mohammad and Mullah Hayatullah were killed during operations in Balkh and Kandahar provinces, respectively.
Mohammed coordinated a failed attack against public gatherings, specifically targeting the Balkh provincial governor and other government officials with suicide bombers, and also facilitated the movement of improvised explosive devices for use in insurgent operations. Hayatullah was responsible for organizing and planning improvised explosive devices and small-arms fire attacks against Afghan and ISAF forces, and also facilitated the movement of supplies for the Taliban network in his area. ISAF also reported the capture of a Haqqani Network leader in Khost province.
ISAF’s Regional Command East reported that forces under its command killed six insurgents, captured five, and disarmed twenty improvised explosive devices over the last three days. Of the 20 IEDs, 16 were disarmed by Afghan forces on their own.