Saturday, July 14, 2012

July 12., 2012. - ISAF Joint Command Morning Operational Update

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan Provincial Response Company Ghazni supported by coalition forces seized a large cache of explosive materials in Ghazni district, Ghazni province Saturday.

The cache consisted of more than 10,000 kilograms (22,000 pounds) of ammonium nitrate, 3,300 meters (10,827 feet) of detonation cord and 281 sticks of dynamite.

The combined force destroyed all materials in place. No civilians were harmed during the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

An Afghan and coalition security force conducted a search operation for a Taliban explosives expert in Nawah-ye Barakzai district, Helmand province, today. The explosives expert constructs and emplaces improvised explosive devices throughout the region. The operation resulted in the detention of one suspected insurgent and the seizure of explosive materials.


Afghan and coalition forces conducted a search operation for Omar, a Taliban leader in Charkh district, Logar province, Tuesday. Omar served directly under senior Taliban leaders and was known as an explosive specialist who was directly involved in several attacks in recent months that had resulted in the death of multiple Afghans. At the time of the operation Omar was attempting to acquire multiple rockets for insurgent attacks. After positively identifying Omar and one additional insurgent the forces engaged them with a precision airstrike, killing both. A follow-on assessment of the area determined no civilians were harmed and no civilian property was damaged.

In Maidan Shahr district, Wardak province, an Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban weapons dealer and seized 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of explosives, today. The detained weapons dealer acquired and provided weapons, including grenades, sniper rifles and assault rifle components to the Taliban for use in attacks throughout the region.

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