ISAF Joint Command Operational Update, April 19, 2013

KABUL, Afghanistan–(ENEWSPF)–April 19, 2013 – An Afghan and coalition security force detained a senior Taliban leader and a number of other insurgents during an operation in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, today.

During the operation, multiple insurgents opened fire on the security force. After positively identifying the threat, the security force engaged the insurgents, wounding one.

The leader is believed to control a cell of fighters responsible for a number of attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Helmand and Kandahar provinces. He is also alleged to oversee weapons facilitation in the area, trained suicide bombers, an improvised explosive device expert, and passes orders from senior Taliban officials to the insurgents.

The Afghan and coalition security force seized two rifles, four magazines and 60 pounds of opium as a result of the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

South

During an operation in search of a senior Taliban leader in Maiwand district, Kandahar province yesterday, an Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents. The leader is believed to be one of the top officials for the Taliban in Maiwand district. He is responsible for planning and organizing IED and small-arms fire attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. The leader is believed to facilitate the movement of supplies, to include heavy and light weapons for the Taliban, and has plotted to assassinate Afghans who support the local government and ANSF.

East

An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Haqqani facilitator and a number of other insurgents during an operation in Pul-e ‘Alam district, Logar province, today. The facilitator is believed to be a vital link in the Haqqani network’s IED operations throughout Pul-e ‘Alam. He coordinates the construction, distribution and emplacement of IEDs for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

During an operation in search of a Haqqani facilitation leader in Sabari district, Khost province today, an Afghan and coalition security force detained a number of insurgents. The leader allegedly coordinates the flow of military equipment to Haqqani cells in multiple Khost districts. He and his subordinates are believed to procure and distribute a variety of weapons and other supplies to insurgent fighters for use in insurgency operations. The leader has also participated in a number of attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.  As a result of the operation, the security force seized one AK-47, one pistol, three grenades, three AK-47 magazines, ammunition and bomb-making material.

Source: isaf.nato.int