Combined Force Kills Insurgents, Detains Others
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2012 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents after coming under attack today while searching for an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan senior leader in the Chahar Darah district of Afghanistan’s Kunduz province, military officials reported.
The IMU senior leader is responsible for planning and directing attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout the province, officials said.
The security force also detained several suspected insurgents and seized weapons during the operation.
In other Afghanistan news today:
-- An Afghan soldier turned his weapon against International Security Assistance Force service members in northern Afghanistan. ISAF troops returned fire, killing the shooter. There were no ISAF fatalities. Afghan and coalition officials are investigating the incident, officials said.
-- In the Gelan district of Ghazni province, an Afghan and coalition security force detained a suspected insurgent during a search for a Taliban attack planner responsible coordinating the efforts of insurgents throughout the district.
In Afghanistan operations yesterday:
-- A combined force looking for a senior Taliban leader in the Chimtal district of Balkh province killed an armed insurgent who engaged them.
-- In the Now Zad district of Helmand province, a combined security force seized a Taliban weapons cache that contained bomb components, homemade explosives and detonation triggers.
-- Also in Now Zad, security combined force detained numerous suspected insurgents during an operation to arrest a senior Taliban leader responsible for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout northern Helmand.
In July 21 operations:
-- An airstrike in the Muhammad Aghah district of Logar province killed several armed insurgents. A combined Afghan and coalition force called in the airstrike and confirmed it had not harmed civilians or damaged civilian property.
-- An Afghan special operations unit, supported by coalition troops, arrested a Haqqani network explosives expert in the Khost district of Khost province. He was responsible for building and planting roadside bombs and coordinated the transportation and distribution of explosives for insurgents throughout the province. The Afghan unit detained several other suspected insurgents and seized several weapons.
-- In Logar province’s Pul-e Alam district, security combined force detained several suspected insurgents during an operation to arrest a Haqqani network leader. The security force also seized several weapons, grenades and explosives during the operation.
In other news, security combined force in the Ishkamish district of Takhar province arrested an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader July 20. The leader commanded a high-profile cell that directed attacks throughout Kunduz province. The security force also seized several homemade bombs.