ISAF Joint Command Operational Update, April 17, 2013

KABUL, Afghanistan–(ENEWSPF)–April 17, 2013 – An Afghan and coalition security force detained a senior Taliban leader and killed two other insurgents during an operation in Marjeh district, Helmand province, today.

The leader is accused of coordinating and conducting direct fire assaults, ambushes, and improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He is believed to be a supplier of IED components, heavy weapons and ammunition to Taliban fighters.

The security force also detained three other insurgents and five kilograms of opium during the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North

Afghan National Army Special Forces troops, supported by coalition forces, detained several suspected insurgents and recovered a cache of weapons during an operation in Warduj district, Badakhshan province, yesterday. The combined force arrested the individuals after discovering a suspected insurgent medical treatment facility in the area. The weapons cache consisted of small arms ammunition, fuses, and a grenade.

East

Afghan and coalition security forces confirmed today the death of a Haqqani facilitator, Khaliq Mir, during an operation in Sabari district, Khost province, Monday. Mir was responsible for acquiring and distributing weapons to his fellow fighters throughout Khost province. He was also a member of a cell of fighters responsible for planning and conducting attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

During an operation in Tsamkani district, Paktiya province, today, a combined Afghan and coalition force detained a Haqqani leader and killed one insurgent. The leader is believed to have operational control over IED operations in multiple districts throughout Paktiya and Khost provinces. He is also accused of having planned and directed multiple attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, and of enlisting the aid of local Afghan children in carrying out insurgent activities. The security force also detained three other suspected insurgents and seized two AK-47s, one pistol and ammunition as a result of the operation.

South

Afghan Provincial Response Company Zabul, enabled by coalition forces, killed two insurgents and seized a cache of 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of homemade explosives and IED components during a cordon and search operation in Zabul province yesterday. All seized items were destroyed on site.

Source: isaf.nato.int