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Coalition Forces Capture Key Taliban Leader

Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases

KABUL , Aug. 27, 2012 – The National Directorate of Security and coalition forces has confirmed that the mid-level Taliban leader, Haji Padcha, was one of several insurgents detained during an operation in Kandahar province’s Spin Boldak district Aug. 23. Padcha was a weapons facilitator responsible for supplying insurgents with the rockets used in numerous attacks against Kandahar Airfield.

-- A combined force detained several suspected Taliban insurgents in Logar province’s Pul-e ‘Alam district yesterday. The detained individuals are suspected of being involved in an Aug. 25 attack against an Afghan and coalition installation in Logar province. During the operation, the security force also seized ammunition and military-related equipment.

In Aug. 25 operations:

-- Afghan and coalition officials confirmed that the Tehrik-i Taliban leader Maulawi Dadullah was one of several insurgents killed in a precision airstrike in Kunar province’s Shigal wa Sheltan district Aug. 24.

Dadullah, also known as Jamal, was responsible for the movement of fighters and weapons, as well as attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, the officials said.

Dadullah’s deputy, Shakir, was also killed in the airstrike.

After the strike, a combined force conducted a post-strike assessment and determined no civilians had been injured and no civilian property had been damaged.

-- Several armed insurgents were killed by a precision airstrike during an operation conducted by a combined force in Kunar province’s Marawarah district Aug. 25.

A post-strike assessment determined no civilians had been injured and no property had been damaged.

-- The Zabul Provincial Response Company, supported by coalition troops, was attacked by insurgents Aug. 25 during a search operation in Zabul province’s Shah Joy district. The Afghan-led security force engaged the attackers, killing three of them. After the engagement, the security force seized 176 pounds of homemade explosives, three motorcycles, ammunition and a number of weapons.

-- Afghan and coalition officials confirmed Aug. 25 that a Taliban weapons dealer was one of several insurgents detained during an operation in Helmand province’s Now Zad district Aug. 22. The weapons dealer was responsible for acquiring weapons and ammunition for Taliban fighters in Marjah and Washer districts. He also directed and led attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

-- Afghan and coalition officials confirmed Aug. 25 that a Haqqani facilitator was one of several insurgents detained during an operation in Khost district, Khost province, Aug. 19. The Haqqani facilitator planed and coordinated complex attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Sabari and Khost districts. At the time of his detention, the facilitator was coordinating the shipment of weapons to insurgents for future attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

-- A combined force arrested a senior Taliban financier in Kandahar province’s Kandahar district Aug. 25. The financier oversaw the financial operations for Taliban insurgents and purchased weapons and ammunition for Taliban attacks in the area.

In other operations:

-- A combined force conducted a second operation in Kunar province’s Shigal wa Sheltan district Aug. 24. During the operation, the security force engaged a group of armed insurgents with a precision airstrike, killing several of them. After the strike, the Afghan and coalition security force conducted a post-strike assessment and determined no civilians had been injured and no civilian property had been damaged.

 

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