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NATO Commander Visits Regional Command West

Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command and Regional Command West News R

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2012 – NATO’s top military commander conducted an on-site survey of the International Security Assistance Force’s Regional Command West at Camp Arena in Afghanistan’s Herat province yesterday, military officials said.

Navy Adm. James G, Stavridis, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe, received a briefing on the regional situation and on principal security, governance and development issues regarding current and future operations in the area from Brig. Gen. Luciano Portolano of the Italian army, who commands Regional Command West.

Stavridis also met with Afghan commanders, the provincial governor and other Afghan government representatives, who briefed him on the transition progress in the area.

In operational news from Afghanistan, an Afghan-led and coalition-supported security force in Khost province’s Khost district today captured a Haqqani network leader who operated a bomb-making cell in Mandozai district and planned attacks against coalition forces. The security force also detained several suspected insurgents and seized assault rifles, shotguns, a chest rack, ammunition and bomb-making materials.

In other operations today:

-- A combined Afghan and coalition security force in Helmand province’s Nad-e Ali district captured a Taliban leader who used specialized weapons to conduct direct-fire and roadside-bomb attacks against Afghan security forces in the province’s Marjah district. Another suspected insurgent was detained during the operation.

-- In Ghazni province’s Muqer district, a combined force detained two suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban facilitator who distributes money, weapons and explosives to insurgent networks.

In operations yesterday:

-- A combined force in Helmand’s Kajaki district found and destroyed about 1,280 pounds of explosive materials and some 370 bomb components.

-- In Kandahar province’s Maiwand district, an Afghan-led and coalition-supported security force detained several suspected insurgents and seized a stockpile of bomb components and Afghan police uniforms.

-- A coalition airstrike killed six insurgents in response to rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire in the Nijrab district of Kapisa province.

-- Combined forces killed two insurgents after receiving mortar fire and Afghan police arrested two suspected insurgents in Khost province’s Khost district.

In other news, a Feb. 8 operation led by an Afghan provincial response company and supported by coalition forces in Ghazni province’s Ghazni district led to detention of several suspected insurgents and seizure of numerous firearms. The security force was searching for a Taliban leader responsible for several attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.


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