Taliban leadership, IED operatives targeted, several detained
Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected insurgents during three operations aimed at capturing Taliban leadership throughout Afghanistan yesterday.
All three operations were conducted peacefully and without civilian causalities. The security force has conducted more than 93 percent of their operations without shots fired this month.
A joint security force detained two suspected insurgents during an operation targeting a Taliban foreign-fighter facilitator in Khash Rod District, Nimroz province.
The targeted individual is directly associated with a Taliban network known for facilitating foreign fighters into Afghanistan through western Farah province. He is also considered an improvised explosive device specialist.
A separate security force detained several suspected Taliban members associated with an IED leader in the Shah Joy District of Zabul province overnight.
The targeted individual for the operation conducts and plans IED attacks against Afghan and coalition security members. He is also involved in kidnapping members of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
The security team secured the targeted area in search of the Taliban leader. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully before conducting the search. The joint team detained the suspects based on initial questioning at the scene.
In Logar province, Afghan and coalition forces detained a suspected insurgent during their search for an extremely active Taliban leader. The targeted individual is a weapons and IED expert for insurgents operating in Baraki Barak District. He also plans and executes attacks against coalition forces.
The security force followed intelligence tips to a remote compound in Pul-e ‘Alam District to search for the targeted individual. After an Afghan-led call out, the joint security force conducted the search and confiscated two bags of urea nitrate, often used to manufacture IEDs.
After the area was secure, the joint team detained the suspected insurgent based on initial questioning at the scene.
Article by ISAF Joint Command