ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan 2011-03-S-077
For Immediate Release
KABUL, Afghanistan (March 23, 2011) – Afghan and coalition security forces captured several Haqqani Network facilitators operating in Terayzai district, Khost province today.
The facilitators were responsible for facilitating weapons and improvised explosives devices targeting Afghan and coalition security forces. They were also responsible for coordinating attacks with senior Haqqani leaders.
The combined security force followed intelligence reports to different locations in the Sabari district to search for the facilitators.
Security forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to exit the compounds peacefully before the clearing and securing the area. The security force secured the compounds and apprehended the Haqqani facilitators without incident along with several other suspected Haqqani operatives.
The two operations resulted in Haqqani facilitators and suspected operatives detained, and the destruction of two rifles along with a shotgun. The joint security force carried out the entire mission without incident and ensured the safety of all women and children.
In other ISAF news throughout Afghanistan:
Afghan and coalition security forces captured two suspected insurgents during a clearing operation in Burkah district, Baghlan province yesterday.
The operation was aimed at preventing insurgents from using the area to stage attacks against the government of Afghanistan and Afghan and coalition security forces.
The joint security force targeted this location in the Burkah district after receiving intelligence reports indicating insurgent activity in the area. The joint security force searched the area for insurgents. While searching the area the security force detained two suspected insurgents.
Afghan and coalition security forces captured a Taliban weapons facilitator today in the Baraki Barak district, Logar province.
The Taliban operative is a key weapons facilitator for Taliban attack cells operating within Baraki Barak district. He also facilitates the movement of explosive devices for a key IED facilitator and attack coordinator.
Based on local tips, the joint security force targeted a compound in the district. Afghan and coalition forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to exit the compound peacefully. The joint force searched the compound without incident and detained severalTaliban insurgents, one of which identified himself as the Taliban weapons facilitator. Security forces also found and destroyed a grenade and suicide vest materials. No shots were fired and no civilians were injured.
In Sabari district, Khost province, Afghan and coalition security forces captured a Haqqani network facilitator today.
The facilitator was responsible for acquiring mortars and various other weapons used for attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces. The joint security force followed leads to the targeted compound in Sabari district, where they detained the suspected Haqqani insurgent.
There were no civilian casualties or collateral damage reported during this operation.