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Afghan, Coalition Forces Take Out Afghan Insurgents

American Forces Press Service

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Jan. 6, 2010 – Afghan and international forces have removed nearly two dozen key insurgents from the fight in Afghanistan since mid November, military officials here reported today.

Afghan National Security Forces, with help from NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and coalition forces, have continued to remove militants from eastern Afghanistan, creating a safer environment for the Afghan people, ISAF officials said.

Between Nov. 14 and Dec. 25, more than 23 key insurgents, mostly Taliban and Haqqani network senior leaders, known for leading the planning and undertaking of deadly attacks, have either been killed or captured.

“We are continuing to work with our Afghan partners to protect the Afghan people by removing those personnel who pose a direct threat to the Afghan people,” Lt. Col. Clarence Counts, Jr., a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force - 82 and Regional Command-East, said. “These militants used violence, fear, and intimidation to continue directing their attacks against innocent civilians as well as the very institutions that will inevitably establish security and prosperity in Afghanistan for all Afghans.”

Some of the militants killed include:

- Malawi Abdul Qadir, a Taliban sub-commander under Hajji Ghafour in the Do Ab district of Nuristan province, who was killed Nov. 14 in Kalagush, Nuristan. Qadir commanded as many as 100 Taliban fighters and was involved in planning attacks on coalition forces.

- Qari Farooq, a Taliban commander in Chowkay, Konar province, known for carrying out roadside bomb attacks against coalition forces in the region, was killed Nov. 19.

- Ishaq, a Haqqani leader known for trafficking weapons and explosives, was killed Nov. 19 in Sabari district, Khost province.

- Dowron, the Taliban commander of the Pech River Valley, was killed Nov. 26 in Konar province. Dowron had ties to multiple al-Qaida members and was involved in attacks on Afghan and coalition forces, as well as Afghan civilians.

- Qari Masiullah, the al-Qaida chief of security for Konar province, was killed Dec. 1. Masiullah ran a training camp that taught insurgents how to use and emplace explosives used in attacks on Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition forces throughout the Nangarhar, Nuristan, Konar and Laghman provinces.

- Noor Akbar coordinated attacks against coalition forces with the Haqqani network in Sabari district, Khost province, and was killed Nov. 18.

- Khatib helped the Taliban with suicide and vehicle bombings in Laghman province. He was killed Dec. 6.

- Zakir, a Taliban member from Laghman province, coordinated suicide and roadside bombs from Pakistan. He was killed Dec. 6.

- Ehsanullah, a Taliban-affiliated facilitator of suicide bombers, IEDs, and large quantities of explosives into Laghman Province, was killed Dec. 9.

- Mullah Buzorg, a Taliban bomb cell member in Laghman province, was killed Dec. 6. 

- Mohammed Hussein, a Taliban bomb cell member in Laghman province, was killed Dec. 6.

- Hikmat, an engineer and Taliban commander in Logar and Wardak provinces, was killed Nov. 16. He was responsible for multiple attacks, specifically rocket and roadside bomb attacks on Election Day.

- Baryali, a Taliban enabler in Wardak province, was killed Nov. 17. He was involved in numerous anti-coalition activities, including several attacks against military forces.

- Maulawi Sharif, a Taliban facilitator in Wardak province, was killed Nov. 18 . He was responsible for numerous attacks against coalition forces and Afghan civilians.

- Mohammad Baryali, a Taliban sub-commander in Wardak, was killed Dec. 20. He was responsible for numerous attacks on Afghan and coalition forces.

- Ahmad, a Taliban sub-commander in Ghazni province, was killed Dec 21. He was responsible for numerous attacks on coalition forces.

- Abdul Wali, a Taliban sub-commander in Paktya, was killed Dec. 22. He was responsible for multiple attacks on coalition forces.

- Ghulam Farouq, a Taliban commander in the Konar River Valley, was killed Dec. 23. He was an associate of Bakht Ali and was involved in numerous attacks on Afghan and coalition forces.

- Rohullah, a Taliban sub-commander in Wardak province, was killed Dec. 25. He was involved in numerous attacks on coalition forces and was a close associate of Mohammed Baryali, killed Dec. 20.

(From a Combined Joint Task Force 82 news release.)

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