Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill, Capture Insurgents
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2010 Afghan and coalition forces killed or captured numerous insurgents during operations conducted across Afghanistan yesterday, military officials reported.
Afghan and coalition forces killed several insurgents and detained several more in Nangarhar province last night while in pursuit of the primary Taliban organizer of foreign fighters and insurgent attacks in eastern Afghanistan.
The security force targeted a compound near Tatang in Sherzad district in pursuit of the man. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to peacefully exit the buildings. As the force cleared the compound, they were engaged by insurgents barricading themselves inside several buildings. The combined force returned fire and killed several insurgents.
Multiple automatic weapons along with dozens of rocket-propelled grenades, RPG boosters, hand grenades and 2,000 rounds of ammunition were found and destroyed at the scene. Once the compound was secure, the combined security force detained several suspected insurgents.
In another operation, a combined force detained several insurgents, including a Taliban commander, inside Kandahar City last night. The force captured the commander, who is suspected of ordering improvised explosive device attacks, and profiting from the trafficking of weapons and fighters into the area. The force secured a block within the city and swiftly moved through the compounds. No shots were fired and no civilians were injured. After interviewing residents, the force detained the commander and several suspected insurgents for further questioning.
Last night in Zabul province, an Afghan and coalition security force detained two insurgents including a Taliban commander suspected of leading numerous fighters in IED attacks. The combined force cleared and secured a compound near Daman in Shah Joy district where they detained the commander and two suspected insurgents after questioning the residents.
In other operations:
- A combined security force captured a Taliban subcommander and detained two suspected insurgents outside Kandahar City last night. The subcommander is suspected of ordering IED attacks and moving weapons in southern Arghandab district.
- A combined force killed several insurgents and detained several more in Paktika province last night while in pursuit of a Taliban commander responsible for ordering attacks in the Maka Khan and Sharana area. The troops were fired on by insurgents with automatic weapons and grenades at two compounds they searched, and they returned fire. A motorcycle with seven IED pressure plate switches and other IED-making materials was found at the scene, along with multiple automatic weapons, grenades, chest racks and blasting caps.
- A combined force of about 400 Afghan soldiers and police, along with U.S. soldiers, yesterday conducted an air assault to secure the town of Chenar in the Marawarah district of Kunar province as part of ongoing operations that began there June 27 to rid the district of al-Qaida, which claimed responsibility for a female suicide bomber who injured two Afghan children and killed two U.S. soldiers June 21. No casualties have been reported.
- A combined force killed several insurgents and detained two others near Kabul last night while pursuing a Taliban operator believed to be preparing to attack the Kabul International Conference. As the force approached the targeted compound near Suryawun in Musahi district, insurgents barricaded inside fired on them with automatic weapons. The force returned fire, killing several insurgents.
- A combined force detained two suspected insurgents in Kunduz province last night while pursuing a Taliban subcommander linked to weapons trafficking and IED and rocket attacks. No shots were fired.
In all the operations, Afghan and coalition forces protected women and children.