For Immediate Release
KABUL, Afghanistan (Sept. 13, 2012) — Afghan
and coalition forces conducted a security operation resulting in the
death of an armed insurgent in Mota Khan district, Paktika province,
During the operation the security force positively
identified an armed insurgent transporting weapons, including a heavy
machine gun, toward a populated area. After ensuring no civilians were
in the vicinity, the security force engaged the armed insurgent with a
precision airstrike, killing the insurgent.
A post-strike assessment determined no civilian property was damaged and no civilians were harmed.
In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:
forces confirmed they removed insurgent leader Maulawi Matin from the
battle space in Marjeh district, Helmand province Tuesday during an
airstrike. The Taliban insurgent is believed to have led a large cell of
fighters and was involved in the facilitation of weapons, ammunition
and parts for improvised explosive devices throughout Helmand province.
He also had links to other key insurgent leaders in the region,
operating as a liaison between local insurgents and higher level Taliban
leadership based in Pakistan. Maulawi Matin is suspected of actively
planning attacks against Afghan National Security Forces patrols and
check points in central Helmand.
Members of the Afghan Special
Police from Provincial Response Company Wardak recovered more than 140
munitions and materials for improvised explosive devices during a
coalition advised search operation in Shahr district, Wardak province
yesterday. Artillery rounds, rocket propelled grenades, rockets, mortar
rounds, fragmentation grenades, several improvised explosive devices
and a large amount of shrapnel such as nuts and bolts for IEDs were
seized. Multiple Afghan National Security Forces uniforms and cell
phones were also recovered. The materials were destroyed on site.
and coalition security forces confirmed today the arrest of a Taliban
facilitator during an operation in Pul-e ‘Alam district, Logar province,
Tuesday. The arrested facilitator is suspected to have directed several
insurgent cells in the region, providing weapons and instruction for
attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He is also believed to have
enforced Taliban law and overseen the execution of several Afghan
civilians. The security force also detained many suspected insurgents
and seized and destroyed several weapons, rocket-propelled grenades and
more than a dozen kilograms of explosives as a result of this operation.
Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected
insurgents during an operation to arrest a Taliban leader in Baraki
Barak district, Logar province, today. The Taliban leader is suspected
of commanding dozens of insurgents and directing them in attacks against
Afghan and coalition security forces in the region. The security force
also seized and destroyed a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, multiple
RPGs and ammunition for assault rifles and heavy machine guns.
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