March 21, 2011

ISAF Joint Command Morning Operational Update March 21, 2011

ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan | 2011-03-S-072
For Immediate Release

KABUL, Afghanistan (March 21, 2011) - Afghan and coalition security forces killed one insurgent and detained several during a clearing operation in Burkah district, Baghlan province today.

The clearing operation targeted a senior leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and Taliban liaison along with several other insurgents in northern Afghanistan.

The combined Afghan and coalition forces security team located suspected insurgents in a field. The suspected insurgents ran to a nearby house while firing at the joint security team.

The combined Afghan and coalition forces suppressed the enemy fire killing one outside the house and followed the second individual to the home. After isolating the building, the combined patrol used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to exit the compounds peacefully. The joint security force assaulted the building, then identified and detained several suspected insurgents.

In other ISAF news throughout Afghanistan:

South

Afghan and coalition forces detained a senior Taliban leader responsible for training and leading two assassination cells in Kandahar district, Kandahar province yesterday.

He approved and planned assassinations of Afghanistan government officials and Afghan National Police. He has associations with the Taliban shadow governor of Kandahar province in addition to other senior level Taliban leaders.

Intelligence reports led the Afghan and coalition forces to the Taliban leader’s location in the district. The joint security force used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully, and then the security force cleared and secured the area. After initial questioning at the scene, the security force identified and detained the Taliban leader along with five suspected insurgents.

In Panjwa’i district, Kandahar province Afghan and coalition forces captured the top Taliban military leader, yesterday. He is linked with other Senior Taliban leaders and is responsible for attacks against Afghan civilian and Afghan government officials in Kandahar city.

Intelligence reports led the joint security force to the Taliban leaders suspected location. The joint security force isolated the suspected compound and searched the compound without incident, capturing the Taliban leader along with two suspected insurgents

In Nad’ Ali district, Helmand province, Afghan and coalition security forces conducted detention operation to capture a senior Taliban leader, yesterday.

The senior Taliban leader is responsible for several attacks against Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition forces. He provides guidance to subordinate Taliban leadership acquired first hand from the top foreign fighter Taliban leader.

Intelligence reports led the security force to a compound in the Nad’ Ali district to search for the Taliban leader. The joint security force employed a loud speaker and called all occupants to evacuate peacefully. The security force cleared and secured the area, then questioned and detained three suspected insurgents.

East

Afghan and coalition security forces conducted a detention operation to capture a Hezb-E Islami Gulbuddin facilitator of attacks against Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition forces. He is responsible for transfer of funds, as well as procuring weapons for attacks against Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition forces.

The targeted individual coordinated attacks with other terrorist leaders. He coordinates the movement of small arms weapons and grenades.

Security forces followed leads to a compound in the district where Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully. The security force conducted a search of the compound where they discovered and destroyed multiple weapons to include an AK-47 rile, blasting caps and IED making materials at the scene. They also detained one suspected insurgent after initial questioning.

No women or children were injured or detained during these operations.

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