March 8, 2011

ISAF Joint Command Morning Operational Update, March 8, 2011

ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan | 2011-03-S-022
For Immediate Release

KABUL, Afghanistan (March 8, 2011) — Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance Forces captured three Haqqani network facilitators and detained several suspected insurgents during separate operations in Khost province, yesterday.

In Sabari district, separate combined patrols captured two Haqqani network facilitators and detained several suspected insurgents. One facilitator distributed weapons and materials to Haqqini networks while the other acquired weapons and finances to assist the organization in operations targeting Afghan and coalition forces.

In Terayzai district, a combined patrol captured a Haqqani network facilitator and detained one suspected insurgent. The facilitator specialized in coordinating improvised explosive device attacks.

Security forces advanced to the targeted compounds where they called for all occupants to exit out of the buildings peacefully before conducting searches. The facilitators and suspected insurgents were detained as a result of initial questioning at the scene for involvement in insurgent activity.

In other ISAF news throughout Afghanistan:


North

Afghan and coalition forces targeted a Taliban district chief, killed one insurgent and detained several others during an operation in Burkah district, Baghlan province, yesterday.

The Taliban district chief maintains ties to Taliban senior leadership throughout Kunduz, Baghlan, and Takhar provinces. He is involved in purchasing weapons and IEDs.

Intelligence reports led the security force to the targeted compound in the city, where Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully before conducting a search. During that time, an armed individual threatened the security force and the force returned fire, killing him. Several suspected insurgents were detained after initial questioning at the scene.


South

Afghan and coalition forces captured one Taliban weapons facilitator, targeted a Taliban IED facilitator and detained several insurgents during separate operations in Kandahar province, yesterday.

In Kandahar City, a combined patrol captured the Taliban weapons facilitator and detained two suspected insurgents. In Zhari district, a separate combined patrol targeted the Taliban IED facilitator and detained one suspected insurgent.

Multiple intelligence reports guided the security forces to the targeted compounds where Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully before conducting searches. The Taliban leader and several suspected insurgents were detained after initial questioning at the scene.

In Musa Qalah district, Helmand province, a coalition forces patrol discovered a weapons cache consisting of one PK machine gun, 100 rounds of PKM ammunition, 18 82 mm mortar rounds, one anti-tank mine and two AK-47s.


East

Afghan and coalition forces captured a Taliban IED facilitator, targeted a facilitator, killed and detained several suspected insurgents during separate operations in Charkh district, Logar province, yesterday.

Both the captured and targeted facilitators are members of an IED cell that frequently attacks Afghan and coalition forces. Both were directly involved in placing the house-borne IED in the Charkh Bazaar on February 28th that resulted in the death of four Afghan soldiers, one coalition soldier, and one Afghan civilian.

Intelligence reports led security forces to the targeted compounds, where Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully before conducting searches. While the assault forces were securing the compounds, they were confronted by a number of insurgents failing to comply with instructions and threatened the Afghan and coalition soldiers. Security forces engaged the insurgents, killing and detaining several at both compounds.

Afghan and coalition forces targeted a Haqqani network facilitator and detained several suspected insurgents during an operation in Orgun district, Paktika province, yesterday.

The facilitator provided specialized support to operations for use in planning attacks on Afghan and coalition forces.

Security forces confirmed the facilitator was at the same madrassa in which a senior elder assisted in the apprehension of a network facilitator just two weeks ago.

Multiple intelligence reports led the security forces back to the same madrassa and with the assistance of the senior elder again, the security forces were able to assemble all the occupants into the courtyard where they could be questioned. The five suspected insurgents were detained after questioning at the scene for involvement in insurgent activity.

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