Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2012 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province today, military officials reported.
The arrested insurgent leader is believed to be directly responsible for the coordination of weapons and equipment used in attacks on Afghan and coalition forces.
The security force also detained several suspected insurgents and seized two Afghan army uniforms.
Also today, a combined security force in Kandahar province arrested a Taliban improvised explosive device expert believed to be in charge of IED operations in the province’s northern and eastern areas. The security force also detained a suspected insurgent.
In operations around Afghanistan yesterday:
-- Afghan and coalition forces killed a man engaging in insurgent activity in Kandahar province.
-- Afghan and coalition forces killed two men engaging in insurgent activity in Wardak province.
-- In Ghazni province, Afghan special police, enabled by coalition forces, found and destroyed about 200 pounds of explosives and IED components.
In Oct. 20 operations:
-- Afghan special police, enabled by coalition forces, rescued 16 prisoners from the Taliban in Helmand province. All of the prisoners were released after security forces assessed their health.
-- An Afghan and coalition force in Ghazni province killed Mohammad Haydar, also known as Hamzah, a Taliban leader who facilitated attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
-- In Helmand province, an Afghan and coalition force arrested several insurgents while searching for a Taliban leader who conducts direct attacks on Afghan and coalition forces and provides lethal support to the Taliban insurgency.
-- Afghan and coalition forces killed several men engaging in insurgent activity in Logar province.
-- An Afghan and coalition force arrested several insurgents in Kunduz province while searching for a Taliban leader suspected of being involved in planning and facilitating attacks on Afghan and coalition forces.
In Oct. 19 operations:
-- Afghan and coalition forces in Helmand province killed Taliban leader Ahmad Jan, who was considered an expert in building and planting IEDs.
-- Afghan and coalition forces killed two men engaging in insurgent activity in Helmand province.
-- A combined security force killed an armed insurgent who was preparing to attack Afghan and coalition forces in Kandahar province.
In Oct. 18 operations:
-- Afghan police and coalition forces provided medical aid to an elder who had been shot in Zabul province. After returning to the area, the police detained several people for questioning.
-- In Uruzgan province, Afghan special police, enabled by coalition forces, detained an insurgent, killed several enemy fighters and seized a cache of weapons, ammunition and narcotics. The combined force found and destroyed 132 pounds of narcotics, several hand grenades, weapons and several hundred rounds of ammunition.