Forces Inflict Losses,
Detain Local Taliban Leader
(AFPS) Afghan national security forces, advised
by coalition forces, killed several insurgents after a failed Taliban
ambush 30 kilometers northeast of Gareshk district in Helmand province, military
force was conducting a reconnaissance patrol when a group of
insurgents engaged them with small-arms fire, rocket-propelled
grenades and mortar fire.
The combined force immediately returned accurate small-arms and machine-gun
fire. The large group of insurgents attempted to outmaneuver the combined
and moved into a trench line.
the combined force fixed the insurgents in their position and
used precision munitions to kill the Taliban insurgents who
were trying to reinforce the enemy positions.
recent operations, Afghan and coalition forces captured seven
insurgents in Surkhagan village during an air assault
mission in Zabul province, officials said.
mission, Afghan National Army and coalition forces infiltrated
several compounds and cave complexes in search of insurgents
and bomb-making facilities and material. They found three car
bombs, bomb-making materials, storage facilities, ammunition
caches and insurgent fighting positions. The combined force
called in precision air strikes that destroyed the cave complex,
fighting positions and the ammunition storage areas.
leadership conducted a shura, or consultation, with the villagers
to assure them the area is safer now because the insurgents
were captured, which officials said helped to neutralize the
ANA mission’s success degraded the insurgents’ ability
to fight, neutralized the (car bombs) and disrupted future
insurgent attempts to disrupt peace,” said Army Capt.
Vanessa R. Bowman, a coalition spokeswoman.
news, Afghan and coalition forces have positively identified
a Taliban leader detained during a joint operation
in Ghazni province as Mullah Shabir.
believed to have provided intelligence, logistical support
and improvised explosive devices to Taliban forces. He also
is believed to be responsible for recent rocket attacks throughout
Ghazni province, officials said.
operation was conducted based on information received through
a program that offers Afghan citizens financial compensation
for information that leads to the capture of enemy personnel
or the recovery of weapons. It also serves as a means for Afghan
citizens to directly and anonymously participate in the effort
to rid the country of insurgents, illegal weapons and explosives,