Sunday, February 19, 2012

Feb.19., 2012. - ISAF Joint Command Evening Operational Update

KABUL, Afghanistan – A coalition security force discovered a weapons cache during a routine patrol in Zharay district, Kandahar province, today.

The cache consisted of 16 mortar rounds, 12 recoilless rifle rounds and approximately 62 pounds (28 kilograms) of home-made explosives.

The security force confiscated all weapons and explosives to be destroyed at a later date.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:


An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader during an operation in Kunduz district, Kunduz province, yesterday. The leader directed the placement of explosives targeting Afghan and coalition forces throughout the province.


In Sabari district, Khost province, an Afghan led security force conducted an operation in search of a Haqqani leader today. The leader directs roadside bomb and direct fire attacks against Afghan forces. The security force confiscated bomb making materials, weapons and detained suspected insurgents.

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Two Terrorist Groups Captured in Mazar

Districts of Balkh.
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Two groups of terrorists who intended to disrupt Afghanistan's New Year celebrations in March were captured by Afghan security forces in northern Balkh province, local officials said on Sunday.
Afghan forces are fully prepared to provide security for the New Year - or Nawroz - celebrations which will happen on March 20, Provincial Police Chief General Ismatullah Alizai said.

Insurgents are trying to disrupt the celebrations but security forces will not allow them, he added.

"One 11-men group and one 6-men group that were preparing to disrupt the Nawroz celebrations in Balkh provinces were captured." General Alizai added.

Nawroz is a traditional celebration for Farsi speaking countries in Asia marking the first day of spring. It is the start of a new year according to the solar calendar.

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Algeria: four people killed in a bomb explosion in Boumerdes

العربية: الخريطة الهجائية للجزائر. English: Or...
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ALGIERS, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Four people were killed and nine others injured Sunday in a roadside bomb explosion in Boumerdes province, 50 km east of the Algerian capital Algiers.

The local radio quoted a security source as saying that the roadside bomb exploded on the national road 12, on the point linking the localities of Isser and Bordj Menaiel, east of Boumerdes.

The source added that the bomb exploded when a bus that was behind a military patrol passed by, leaving four people dead and nine others injured.

The injured were evacuated immediately to a hospital in the nearby locality of Thnia, while the national road 12 has been temporally blocked.

Meanwhile, the local El Watan newspaper has quoted a source as saying that the bomb was likely a remote controlled one, which blew off in distance when a military convoy passed by, adding that gunshots were heard after the explosion. The newspaper said a soldier in civil uniform in the bus was killed.
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Bomb kills 8 anti-Taliban tribesmen in Pakistan

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Map of Pakistan (Photo credit: Omer Wazir)
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -
A local government official says a time bomb has killed eight members of an anti-Taliban militia in northwest Pakistan.

Tribal agency official Iqbal Khan says six more members of the militia were wounded in the Sunday incident in the Tirah valley of the Khyber tribal region.

He says the militia was set up to fight against a local radical group known as Lashkar-e-Islam.

Khan says explosives planted at a militia checkpoint were detonated by a timer.

He says the militia later killed two Lashkar-e-Islam members, without providing details.

Pakistan has outlawed the group, which wants enforcement of a Taliban-style version of Islamic law.

Radicals often target the militias, which they perceive as Pakistani government supporters

from Seattle Times
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15 killed, 21 wounded in suicide bomb attack in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- At least 15 people were killed and 21 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a police academy in eastern Baghdad on Sunday, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua.

The attack took place in the afternoon when a suicide bomber blew up his explosive vest at the entrance of the police academy in Palestine Street in eastern Baghdad, the source said on condition of anonymity.

The powerful blast destroyed several police and civilian vehicles at the scene, the source said.

The toll could rise as ambulances, police and civilian cars evacuated the casualties to different hospitals and medical centers in Baghdad, the source added.

Violence and sporadic high-profile bomb attacks are still common in Iraqi cities despite the sharp decrease of violence over the past few years.
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20 Taliban fighters surrender in Herat, Afghanistan (photos)

Taliban fighters attend a surrendering ceremony in western Afghan province of Herat, Feb. 18, 2012. A total 20 Taliban fighters surrendered here on Saturday, a provincial police source said. (Xinhua/Sardar

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R.I.P. - Sgt. Jerry D. Reed II

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Sgt. Jerry D. Reed II, 30, of Russellville, Ark., died Feb. 16, in Paktika province, Afghanistan.

            Reed was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade, Grafenwoehr, Germany.

            For more information related to this release, the media may contact U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs at .

SGT Reed with a couple of Iraqi children, 08-09 Iraq tour - photo courtesy by JC

Thank you John for the pictures!

NATO looking into reports of chopper crash in Afghanistan

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Kabul, Afghanistan -- A local official reported a NATO helicopter crashed Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, though there was no immediate confirmation from coalition forces.

A spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force, Capt. Justin Brockhoff, said ISAF officials are looking into the reported incident but have no indications that any ISAF aircraft have been lost.

Abdul Rahman Sarjang, the chief of police in eastern Laghman province, said it was an American helicopter that crashed, but he had no other details.
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