For Immediate Release
KABUL, Afghanistan (Sept. 15, 2012) — Afghan
and coalition forces confirmed yesterday the death of an al-Qaida
weapons expert during a security operation in Mata Khan district,
Paktika province, Wednesday.
During the operation the security
force positively identified Taqwa – also known as Eissa Khan –
transporting weapons toward a populated area. After ensuring no
civilians were in the vicinity, the security force engaged Taqwa with a
precision airstrike, killing him.
As an al-Qaida weapons expert,
Taqwa is suspected of directing multiple attacks against Afghan and
coalition forces, often using improvised explosive devices, and
equipping insurgent and terrorist fighters with weapons, ammunition and
Prior to his death, Taqwa was believed to be planning the abduction of several Afghan security force members.
A post-strike assessment determined no civilian property was damaged and no civilians were harmed.
In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:
Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation in search of
a Taliban leader resulting in the death of one armed insurgent in
Khanabad district, Kunduz province, today. As the security force
approached the Taliban leader’s suspected location, an armed insurgent
maneuvered on the Afghan and coalition troops. The security force
positively identified the lethal threat and engaged, killing the armed
insurgent. No civilians were harmed during the operation. The security
force also detained two suspected insurgents and seized one assault
rifle as a result of this operation.
Special Police and coalition forces discovered what appeared to be an
IED factory and seized a large cache of lethal aid during a search
operation in northern Washer district, Helmand province yesterday. The
combined force recovered eight pressure plate IEDs, explosive charges,
battery packs, ammunition and a bag of narcotics during the operation.
The force also found an IED dug into the ground and a mortar pit in the
same location. During the mission, the partnered force was briefly
engaged by enemy fire but successfully pushed back the attacking
insurgents and did not sustain any casualties.
Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban attack cell
leader in Khugyani district, Nangarhar province, today. The arrested
leader is believed to be responsible for the transportation of weapons,
ammunition and insurgent fighters to conduct attacks throughout Laghman
and Nangarhar provinces. Prior to his arrest, the Taliban leader was
suspected of planning attacks on Afghan security checkpoints. The
security force also detained several other suspected insurgents and
seized multiple firearms and small-arms ammunition during the operation.
Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban forger in
Jalalabad district, Nangarhar province, today. The arrested forger is
suspected of providing fake documents and identification cards to
Taliban insurgents attempting to infiltrate the Afghan government and
security forces. The security force also detained one suspected
insurgent as a result of this operation.
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