Taliban commander killed, IED manufacturer detained in Paktika
Afghan and coalition forces killed Azizullah, a Taliban sub-commander who operated mainly in Logar province, during an overnight operation in Paktika province.
Azizullah was connected to the July kidnapping and deaths of two US sailors. Additionally, a Taliban improvised explosive device manufacturer was among several insurgents detained during the operation.
Intelligence reporting led the security force to a remote compound in Sharan district to search for the commander. As the security force approached, several individuals ran from the compound. The security force tracked and peacefully detained them. Additionally, the assault force killed an insurgent hiding in a ditch after he threatened the security force. The security force later identified him as Azizullah.
After the area was secure, Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to exit the compound peacefully and then the combined force secured the area.
After initial questioning at the scene, the security force detained several more insurgents. The security force also found multiple Taliban propaganda videos at the scene.
The security force protected women and children for the duration of the search.
Article by ISAF Joint Command