Combined Force Kills Several Insurgents

Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2012 - An Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents during a search for the leader of a Taliban attack cell in the Chimtal district of Afghanistan's Balkh province today, military officials reported.

During the operation, a group of insurgents attacked the combined force, officials said. The force returned fire, killing all of the attackers. As the force continued its mission, another armed individual approached and threatened the force, officials said. The armed insurgent was killed by the security force.

Officials said the operation also resulted in the detention of a suspected insurgent and the seizure of multiple weapons.

In operations yesterday:

-- A combined force in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province detained a Taliban military chief who specialized in planning and carrying out improvised explosive device and suicide attacks.

-- A coalition airstrike killed an insurgent in Ghazni province's Muqer district.

-- A combined force found and cleared an IED in Ghazni's Giro district.

-- Combined forces killed three insurgents in a firefight, killed four other insurgents during an airstrike, and detained a suspect during separate operations in Ghazni's Ab Band district.

-- A combined force detained an insurgent in Ghazni's Waghaz district.

-- A combined force found and cleared an IED in Ghazni's Qarah Bagh district.

-- In the Barak district of Logar province, a combined force found and cleared two IEDs.

-- A combined force found and cleared an IED in Nangarhar province's Pachir Wa Agam district.

-- In Nangarhar's Nazyan district, a combined force found and cleared an IED.

-- A combined force detained an insurgent in Wardak province's Sayyidabad district.

In a July 7 operation, a combined force detained two Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leaders and two other suspects in the Kunduz district of Kunduz province. The detained IMU leaders were directly involved in the construction of IEDs and their use in insurgent attacks. Both leaders are associated with senior IMU leadership and participated in high-profile suicide attack planning, including a failed attack in January, officials said.

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