May 6, 2011

ISAF Joint Command Morning Operational Update May 6, 2011

ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan 2011-05-S-016
For Immediate Release

KABUL, Afghanistan (May 6, 2011) – A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin network facilitator and two suspected insurgents during a security operation in Bak district, Khost province, yesterday.

The facilitator is responsible for recruiting new members for the Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin network, and provides food and safe havens for insurgent fighters.

The security force searched for the facilitator at a compound in Bak after numerous intelligence sources indicated insurgent activity in the area. The force secured and searched the area after ensuring the safety of the women and children. After completing the search, the force interviewed residents concerning the facilitator’s location. Based on the information provided by residents, the force identified and detained the facilitator. Two suspected insurgents were also detained for further questioning.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

South

In Maiwand district, Kandahar province yesterday, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban leader and several insurgents during a security operation. The leader commanded and facilitated multiple insurgents who regularly conduct reconnaissance on Afghan and coalition activities. He uses the information to conduct attacks in the Maiwand and Zharay regions. He also coordinates an ammunition and explosive device facilitation network in the district.

Numerous sources and intelligence reports led the security force to the leader’s suspected compound in the district. While moving into position, the force observed a suspected insurgent attempting to flee the area. He was taken into custody for further questioning.

The force then moved to search the targeted compound. They secured and cleared the compound before interviewing residents. After the interviews, the force detained several addition suspected insurgents for further questioning. Throughout the operation the force ensured the safety of the women and children.

East

In Gelan district, Ghazni province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban facilitator during a security operation yesterday. The facilitator facilitated explosive devices and coordinated and conducted attacks with insurgent leadership specifically targeting Afghan and coalition forces along Highway 1.

After intelligence gathering, the security force searched for the facilitator at a compound in the district. After isolating the area, the force called for all occupants to exit. During initial questioning, facilitator identified himself to the force and was subsequently taken into custody. No shots were fired during the operation.

A combined Afghan and coalition force patrol discovered a weapons cache yesterday consisting of six complete rocket-propelled grenades in Zurmat district, Paktiya province, yesterday.

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