Combined Force Kills Enemy Facilitator

From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Release

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 10, 2013 - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan facilitator Mazlum Yar today in the Ishkamish district of Afghanistan's Takhar province, military officials reported.

Mazlum Yar, also known as Qari Asrar and Tufan, planned and executed improvised explosive device attacks targeting Afghan government officials and Afghan and coalition forces. He facilitated suicide bombers throughout Takhar and Baghlan provinces, officials said, and he was organizing IED emplacement for an impending attack when he was killed.

The security force also detained three suspected insurgents and seized a rifle in the operation.

In other Afghanistan operations today:

-- A combined force in Helmand province's Nad-e Ali district arrested a Taliban leader who coordinated IED attacks. The security force also detained a suspected insurgent.

-- In Helmand's Nahr-e Saraj district, a combined force arrested a Taliban leader who operated as a key player in an assassination and attack network.

-- A combined force in Nangarhar province's Sherzad district killed three armed insurgents and seized weapons during a search for a Taliban leader who commands a group of fighters in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. During the search, five insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles opened fire on the Afghan and coalition troops. The security force returned fire, killing three. 

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