ISAF Joint Command Operational Update, May 2, 2013

KABUL, Afghanistan–(ENEWSPF)–May 2, 2013 – An Afghan and coalition security force killed a Haqqani leader, Sarwar Khan, and one other insurgent during an operation in Zurmat district, Paktiya province, yesterday.

Khan, also known as Manzala, planned insurgent operations, provided intelligence reporting to senior leaders, and was involved in kidnapping individuals in Zurmat district. He was responsible for constructing improvised explosive devices and coordinating IED emplacement attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Paktiya province.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North

An Afghan and coalition security force wounded two insurgents during an operation in search of a Taliban improvised explosive device cell leader with ties to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in Baghlan-e Jadid district, Baghlan province, yesterday. The leader directs improvised explosive device operations targeting senior government officials and Afghan and coalition forces in multiple districts throughout Kunduz province. He also works directly with Taliban senior leadership to disseminate information to low-level fighters, and is vital in facilitating money and weapons to insurgent groups in the local area.

South

An Afghan and coalition security force killed an insurgent during an operation in search of a Taliban leader in Shah Wali Kot district, Kandahar province, yesterday. The leader is responsible for numerous attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout Kandahar province. He and his subordinates are involved in improvised explosive device operations, poppy cultivation and distribution, and the facilitation of weapons in the local area.

Afghan Provincial Response Company Zabul, enabled by coalition forces, killed one insurgent, arrested three others and seized a cache of weapons, ammunition and IED making materials during a cordon and search operation in Shah Joy district, Zabul province, yesterday.  Following the operation security force recovered two AK-47 rifles, thirteen AK-47 magazines, a quantity of ammunition and destroyed one RPG propellant charge, two motorcycles and several IED making materials.

Afghan National Army Special Forces of the 6th Special Operations Kandak, enabled by coalition forces, captured an insurgent leader in the vicinity of Khan Kalay village, Shah Joy district, Zabul province, yesterday. The purpose of the operation was to disrupt a known improvised explosive device facilitation network in the area.

Afghan National Army Special Forces of the 7th Special Operations Kandak, acting on information received from the Nahr-e-Saraj District Chief of Police, discovered a weapons cache near Mohamadzai village, Helmand province, Nahr-e-Saraj district, yesterday. The cache consisted of 27 improvised explosive devices, mostly pressure-plated IEDs, multiple AK-47 magazines and miscellaneous military equipment.  The Afghan force destroyed all discovered materials in place.

East

An Afghan and coalition security force killed one insurgent and wounded two others in search of a senior insurgent leader with ties to both the Tehrik-e Taliban and Haqqani terrorist networks during an operation in Nazyan district, Nangarhar province, yesterday. The senior leader has planned multiple high-profile attacks against civilians, government officials, and Afghan and coalition military forces. He has control of over 100 fighters, including a significant number of potential suicide bombers. He also runs a training camp for indoctrinating prospective insurgents, and is vital in funding TTP and Haqqani operations.

Source: isaf.nato.int