May 3, 2011

ISAF Joint Command Morning Operational Update May 3, 2011

ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan 2011-05-S-007
For Immediate Release

KABUL, Afghanistan (May 3, 2011) – A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed several Taliban insurgents and detained numerous suspected insurgents during a clearing operation in Dahanah-ye Ghori district, Baghlan province, yesterday.

The operation was conducted to clear a suspected Taliban safe haven in Ghor Chesma village, which is associated with facilitation activities and cache sites. This area is historically associated with the Taliban district chief in Doshi district.

The security force targeted the area after intelligence sources and tips from citizens indicated insurgent activity in the area.

During the initial stages of the operation, the force identified and detained two Taliban fighters. At a nearby location, the force was engaged by multiple armed insurgents. One insurgent was killed as the force returned fire. The force then observed more insurgents attempting offensive maneuvers. A fire fight ensued as the armed insurgents attacked the force, resulting in several insurgents being killed.

Continuing the mission, the force cleared several more compounds in the area. Based on interviews with residents, the force identified and detained numerous suspected insurgents for further questioning. Initial reports indicate no civilians were hurt in the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

South

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several individuals with suspected ties to insurgent activity while searching for a Taliban leader in Shah Joy district, Zabul province, yesterday. The leader directs fighters and facilitators in the district, and coordinates insurgent attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

Multiple reports of Taliban activity in the area led the security force to target two compounds in the district. At the initial compound, the force commenced their search by isolating the area and calling for all occupants to exit the buildings. The force searched the area and detained one suspected insurgent for further questioning.

At a nearby location, the force searched another compound and based on information from residents the force was able to detain two additional suspected insurgents. There were no shots fired and the force ensured the safety of the women and children while conducting both searches.

East

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Haqqani facilitator in Sabari district, Khost province, yesterday. The facilitator is involved in the acquisition, movement employment and production of weapons and explosives for Haqqani leaders. He also has conducted attacks against coalition forces.

Intelligence tips led the security force to a compound in the district after reports of insurgent activity in the area. After securing the safety of the women and children, the force conducted interviews with residents. Several individuals with suspected ties to Taliban insurgency were detained for further questioning. While searching the area the force discovered multiple small arms weapons and chest racks. There were no shots fired during the operation.

Also in Khost, an Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani network facilitator during a security operation in Sabari district, yesterday. The facilitator assisted the terrorist network with the movement of supplies to Haqqani insurgents, and assisted in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the district.

The combined security force targeted the facilitators suspected compound based on numerous intelligence reports of insurgent activity in the area. The force isolated the compound and called for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully. All occupants complied with the request, allowing the force to ensure the safety of the women and children. After clearing the compound, the force conducted interviews with the compound’s occupants. As a result of the interviews, the insurgent facilitator was identified and detained. One suspected insurgent was also detained for further questioning about Haqqani activities in the area.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban leader during a security operation in Sayyidabad district, Wardak province, yesterday. The leader facilitates weapons and equipment for area insurgents, and coordinates attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He also coordinates mine emplacements within Musa Khel village.

Multiple intelligence reports led the force to search a compound in the district in search of the leader. The force cleared and searched multiple buildings without shots fired while maintaining the safety of the civilians. Residents were questioned about the facilitator’s location before several individuals with suspected ties to Taliban insurgency were detained for further questioning.

In Nangarhar province, an Afghan and coalition security force capture a Taliban leader and several suspected insurgents during a security operation in Chaparhar district, yesterday. The leader was involved in attack planning, facilitation and financing.

After extensive intelligence gathering, the security force searched for the leader at a compound in Chaparhar. The operation commenced as the force isolated the area and had all occupants exit the buildings. The force searched the area and then conducted interviews with residents. Based on the information provided by the residents, the force identified and detained the insurgent leader. The force also apprehended several additional individuals with suspected ties to insurgency. Throughout the search, the force ensured the safety of the women and children.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents during a clearing operation in Pul-e ‘Alam district, Logar province, yesterday. The operation was conducted to clear a suspected Taliban safe haven in Babus village known as a homemade bomb manufacturing center and insurgent staging area for attacks against coalition forces. This area has been associated with a Taliban leader who commands and controls insurgent operations in northern Logar.

The security force searched and cleared several locations during the operation. During the search, the force discovered significant bomb making material, including C4, ammonium nitrate, refined nitrate, detonation cord, sulphuric acid, shrapnel, tripwires and pressure plate components. They questioned residents about insurgent activity and associations in the area. Based on the information provided by residents, the force detained two suspect insurgents for further questioning. Throughout the operation, the force ensured the safety of the women and children, and they concluded the operation without firing a shot.

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