Officials Provide Afghan Operations Update
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2010 International Security Assistance Force Joint Command officials have provided details of numerous recent operations around Afghanistan.
In Badghis province:
-- An Afghan and ISAF patrol came under heavy fire while attempting to detain the Taliban shadow governor of the Jawand district Oct. 2. He also is responsible for providing roadside bombs and commands about 60 insurgents who are responsible for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. The combined force detained five suspected insurgents at the targeted compound. During a search of the village, the patrol found a loaded assault rifle, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, four RPGs and 200 rounds of ammunition. As the patrol finished searching the village, they were engaged with heavy small-arms fire from the mountains above them. The patrol called in air support, resulting in 16 insurgents killed and seven wounded. Initial reports indicate no civilians were injured during the mission.
-- Afghan and coalition forces killed Maulawi Gul Muhammad, the deputy shadow governor for Ghormach district, and Mullah Wahed, a Taliban military leader who conducted attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, during separate operations Oct. 2. During the operation targeting Maulawi Gul Muhammad, intelligence sources tracked him traveling with another insurgent in the Ghormach district. As coalition forces approached the armed individuals, they threatened the security force. The security force engaged and killed Maulawi Gul Muhammad and wounded the other insurgent. During the operation targeting Mullah Wahed, the security force tracked him to a remote area in the Ghormach district. Mullah Wahed threatened the security force with a pistol before he was engaged and killed. After the area was secure, the security force searched the area and positively identified Mullah Wahed and the weapon.
-- Afghan and coalition forces in the Qadis district evacuated a 10-year-old Afghan boy with shrapnel wounds caused by an insurgent mortar Oct. 1. Coalition forces saw several explosions in the vicinity of Darrah-I-Bum village. When the explosions stopped, the boy's uncle brought him to a nearby coalition base. Afghan and coalition medical personnel treated the boy at the base and then flew him to another coalition medical facility for further treatment.
In Faryab province:
-- Afghan and coalition forces detained a suspected insurgent yesterday while in pursuit of a senior Taliban leader operating in the Ghormach district. The leader commands a larger number of fighters he sometimes provides to other Taliban leaders to help in carrying out their attacks.
In Ghazni province:
-- ISAF officials confirmed the Oct. 2 capture in the Andar district of a Taliban leader who regularly conducted roadside-bomb and indirect-fire attacks.
In Helmand province:
-- An Afghan and coalition security force pursued the Taliban deputy district leader for the Musa Qalah district yesterday, detaining several suspected insurgents in separate operations Oct. 2 -and yesterday. The targeted individual commands 30 fighters and conducts intimidation campaigns, executions, suicide bombings and roadside-bomb attacks against Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition forces.
-- Multiple intelligence sources and tips from local residents led to the location and a subsequent Oct. 2 air strike targeting a senior Taliban leader who reportedly is the acting shadow governor for the Nad-e Ali district. Initial reporting indicated that two of the targeted insurgents were killed and two others fled shortly after the air strike. ISAF officials said they are aware of civilian casualty allegations from the air strike and are investigating the incident. Officials said they are working with the Helmand district governor and other Afghan officials to collect information at the scene.
-- A combined Afghan and coalition patrol engaged a suspected insurgent in the Shah Wali Kot district Oct. 2, killing an Afghan man and inadvertently killing a child and wounding another adult. The incident occurred when the patrol engaged a suspected insurgent who was perceived as about to fire a weapon. The wounded civilian was given immediate medical attention and then was taken to a coalition forward operating base for further medical treatment. A combined team made up of Afghan and coalition members is investigating the incident.
-- During a routine partnered patrol in the Sangin district, an Afghan-coalition security force killed a suspected insurgent and detained several others Oct. 1. As the forces entered the targeted area, an insurgent ran at the patrol firing his weapon. He was killed with small-arms fire.
-- An Afghan-coalition patrol killed an insurgent who approached them on a motorcycle and raised a weapon at them Sept. 30.
-- Multiple intelligence sources and tips from local civilians led Afghan and ISAF forces to a compound associated with an insurgent leader and roadside-bomb expert Sept. 30. As the strike force prepared to enter the target area, several armed insurgents were seen running into a tunnel system and taking up firing positions. The strike force then engaged the armed insurgents using precision fire, killing two. The combined force then moved to clear the target compound. At the first building, they called out to the occupants, giving them a chance to come out peacefully. An insurgent and a woman came out. The insurgent was killed when he moved quickly into the building’s shadow to retrieve a weapon and tried to engage the strike force. A search of the building yielded numerous rocket-propelled grenades and launchers. Following this engagement, three men, four women and six children came out of a building in another part of the compound and told the patrol that Taliban fighters were staying in a separate part of the compound. As the force moved through the compound, they found a cache of RPGs, four assault rifles and numerous explosives. They continued to call out to the inhabitants, resulting in another man, woman and seven children exiting. While clearing yet another building in the compound, the force found some 104 mm shells that were wired to explode. The combined force destroyed all weapons and explosives found at the scene. The target of the search is a senior Taliban facilitator linked to the planning and facilitating of suicide attacks. He also procures and distributes bomb components and weapons, acts as a paymaster to senior Taliban leaders, is a tactical instructor and procures poisons for insurgent use, officials said.
-- An Afghan child was killed and another was wounded in a roadside-bomb blast in the Now Zad district Oct. 2. Afghan police members responded and transported the wounded child to a nearby coalition combat outpost. Coalition forces evacuated the child for further medical care.
In Kabul province:
-- ISAF officials confirmed the Sept. 30 capture of a mid-level Taliban leader who was planning an attack on the presidential palace in Kabul and also planned and participated in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
In Kandahar province:
-- Afghan and coalition security forces acting on intelligence information captured two Taliban senior leaders operating in the city of Kandahar yesterday. The Taliban leaders commanded fighters in attacks against Afghan civilians, as well as Afghan and coalition forces. They also facilitated Taliban attacks by providing weapons and funding to their fighters.
-- Coalition forces destroyed an insurgent compound believed to contain more than 2,500 pounds of homemade explosives in the Arghandab district Oct. 2. A coalition aircraft conducted a precision air strike on the compound. Coalition forces estimated that the amount of explosives destroyed could have produced more than 50 roadside bombs.
-- During an Oct. 2 operation a combined Afghan-coalition security force in the Kandahar district captured a Taliban senior leader and bomb expert who’d been active throughout the city of Kandahar as well as the Panjwai and Dand districts. Several associates of the captured Taliban leader also were detained. Intelligence sources indicate the targeted individual was preparing for a complex suicide-bomber attack.
-- Afghan and coalition security forces acting on intelligence information detained several suspected insurgents Oct. 2 during their pursuit of a Taliban senior leader operating in the Kandahar and Panjwai districts.
-- Partnered Afghan and coalition forces conducted a clearing operation Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 aimed at disrupting the Taliban's freedom of movement in southern Afghanistan. The combined force encountered continuous enemy contact, including attacks using rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns, recoilless rifles, mortars and small arms. Coalition precision air strikes and direct fire from coalition aircraft supplemented direct fire from the combined ground force to suppress enemy fire. The operation focused on a rural, agricultural region of Musa Qalah district, where Taliban leaders conduct operational planning and prepare and train for attacks.
-- Coalition forces found more than almost a half ton of ammonium nitrate in the Arghandab district Oct. 1. Coalition forces estimate more than 20 improvised explosive devices could have been made with the amount of banned material discovered. Forces found more than a ton of ammonium nitrate in the same district the day before.
In Khost province:
-- Afghan and coalition security forces captured a Haqqani terrorist network senior leader who operated out of Pakistan and coordinated and conducted attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the Terayzai district yesterday. Intelligence tips led the security force to a remote compound in the Bak district to search for the targeted individual. After conducting initial questioning with the residents at the scene, the security force moved to another compound of interest, questioned the residents, and identified and detained the targeted individual, along with two of his associates.
-- An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani facilitator operating in Sabari district who conducts attacks against Afghan and coalition forces yesterday, along with two of his associates.
In Logar province:
-- Two Afghan civilians were accidentally killed by coalition forces after insurgents attacked an ISAF base near the Baraki Barak district yesterday. The incident occurred when coalition forces returned fire following an indirect-fire attack by insurgents. Following the engagement, ISAF servicemembers conducted a battlefield assessment and found that two civilians had been accidentally killed during the attack. Coalition forces leaders spoke with elders in the community following the incident, which is under investigation by the regional command.
-- Afghan and coalition security forces killed an insurgent in the Pul-e Alam district Oct. 2 while pursuing a Taliban leader who directs attacks against Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition forces.
-- An Afghan and coalition security force detained three suspected insurgents Oct. 2 while pursuing a Taliban senior leader who carries out attacks mainly in the Baraki Barak district. Intelligence tips led the security force to a remote compound, where they found a rocket-propelled grenade launcher with seven rounds and an automatic weapon with multiple magazines. The security force also found and destroyed a significant amount of bomb-making materials.
In Nangarhar province:
-- Afghan and ISAF forces found and secured a large amount of narcotics during a combined operation in the Achin district Oct. 1.
In Paktia province:
-- In an intelligence-based operation in the Gardez district during the night of Oct. 1, an Afghan and coalition security force killed Farman, a Taliban senior leader who terrorized the local population by participating in attacks, kidnappings, interrogations and executions of Afghan civilians, along with two of his associates. Intelligence information led the security force to a compound in the village of Dinar Kheyl. As the combined security force approached the targeted area, several armed insurgents ran into a nearby orchard. The security force pursued them and immediately took enemy fire. The security force returned fire, killing three insurgents. After the gunfire ceased, the security force inspected the area and found a machine gun, an automatic weapon, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher with multiple rounds and multiple magazines. Eight suspected insurgents were detained.
In Zabul province:
-- Afghan and coalition security forces acting on intelligence information detained four suspected Taliban insurgents yesterday while pursuing a Taliban facilitator for a roadside-bomb network operating in the Qalat district.
-- Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected insurgents in the Shinkai district Oct. 2 while pursuing a Taliban senior leader involved in the production, planning and execution of roadside-bomb attacks along Highway 1. The security force also found and destroyed a large ammunition cache at the scene.
Afghan and coalition forces protect women and children found at the scene of operations, officials said.