Combined Force Kills Taliban Leader

From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Release

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 5, 2011 - A combined Afghan and coalition force yesterday killed a Taliban leader and one suspected insurgent during a security operation in the Baraki Barak district of Logar province, military officials reported.

Sheen Abdul Rahman was a Taliban leader who directed more than 70 fighters to conduct roadside bomb, landmine and other attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

Afghan members of the combined force located Rahman, who was armed with an AK-47 rifle and chest rack. Rahman was engaged and killed when he presented a threat to the force.

While searching a building, the security force encountered a suspected insurgent who was armed with a pistol. The security force fired at the individual, killing him.

In other Afghanistan operations yesterday:

-- Coalition forces operating in the Sayad district of Sar-e Pul province called in airstrikes that killed numerous Taliban insurgents.

-- During an operation in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force destroyed two bomb-making facilities and detained two suspects. The target of the operation was a Taliban facilitator involved in the movement of bombs, other weapons, and ammunition. He also is responsible for the manufacture of bombs used by insurgents.

-- A combined Afghan and coalition patrol discovered a large drug cache at a vehicle security checkpoint in Helmand province's Dishu district. Nearly 2,000 pounds of opium was confiscated and destroyed.

-- In the Dand district of Kandahar province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained one suspect during a search for a Taliban facilitator. The facilitator conducts bomb attacks against Afghan security forces in the city of Kandahar.

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