Combined Force Detains 2 Suspected Insurgents
WASHINGTON, July 24, 2012 – An Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents during an operation to arrest a Taliban leader in the Baraki Barak district of Afghanistan’s Logar province today, military officials reported.
The sought-after Taliban leader transports insurgents throughout the region and directs improvised explosive device and direct-fire attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the district, officials said.
Also in Logar today, a combined force detained several suspects during an operation to arrest a Taliban financier in the Muhammad Aghah district. The Taliban financier provides money and explosives to insurgents for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the region.
In operations yesterday:
-- A combined force killed Khadim, also known as Qari Hamza, an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan senior leader, in the Chahar Darah district of Kunduz province. Khadim was an explosives expert responsible for recruiting and training insurgents for suicide attacks. He also planned and led attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout the region.
-- A combined force found and cleared two IEDs in Ghazni province’s Ab Band district.
-- A combined force discovered a weapons cache containing homemade explosives and other items used to make IEDs in the Sarobi district of Kapisa province.
-- In Khost province’s Sabari district, a combined force detained one insurgent and one other suspect.
-- A combined force found and cleared an IED in Laghman province’s Mehtar Lam district.
-- In Logar province’s Pul-e Alam district, a combined force discovered an insurgent cache containing military personnel items.
-- A combined force found and cleared two IEDs in Nangarhar province -- one in the Jalalabad district and another in the Bati Kot district.
-- A combined force found and cleared two IEDs in Paktika province -- one in the Yahya Khel district and one in the Sar Rowzah district.