Airstrike Kills Several Insurgents in Afghanistan

Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2012 - An Afghan and coalition security force called in an airstrike that killed several insurgents during an operation to arrest a Taliban leader in the Muqer district of Afghanistan's Ghazni province today, military officials reported.

After the airstrike, the security force detained several suspects, officials said.

No civilians were injured during the operation, officials said.

Also today, Afghan and coalition officials confirmed that Haqqani leader Abdullah was among the insurgents killed during a July 28 operation in the Jani Khel district of Paktia province. Abdullah, also known as Tufan, was directly involved in the planning and execution of the June 20 suicide attack in the Khost provincial capital that killed more than a dozen Afghan civilians.

In July 30 operations:

-- A combined force found and cleared two improvised explosive devices in Ghazni province's Andar district.

-- A combined force detained an insurgent in Paktia province's Zurmat district.

-- A combined force found and cleared two IEDs in Wardak province's Sayyidabad district.

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