Saturday, May 19, 2012

Eight armed insurgents killed and one other arrested by Afghan National Police

Publish Date: May 19, 2012
Eight armed insurgents killed and one other arrested by Afghan National Police

During the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army, NDS and Coalition Forces launched eight joint clearance operations in Kabul, Nangarhar, Nooristan, Baghlan, Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul and Uruzgan provinces.

As a result of these operations, eight armed insurgents were killed and one other was arrested by Afghan National Police.

 Also, during these operations, Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated one mortar round, one rocket launcher, 25 different types of weapons, 15 radio handsets, 21 heavy rounds, 950 light rounds, four anti-vehicle mines, 2kg of opium, 7kg of explosive materials, 155 magazines and four motorbikes.

During the same 24 hour period, Afghan National Police discovered and defused one anti-vehicle mine, 27 heavy rounds and 125 kilograms of explosive materials as a result of security operations in Logar and Ghazni provinces.

In the meantime, Afghan National Police arrested one armed insurgent with an explosives laden motorbike in the Shikh Lala region, Farah City capital of Farah province, yesterday.

Additionally, one mine planter was killed by his own explosives while he attempted to plant a roadside mine in the Panjwaie District of southern Kandahar province, yesterday.
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3 Police, 4 Civilians Die in Khost Suicide Attack (updated - 13 die))

Districts of Khost (not showing the Shamal Dis...
Districts of Khost (not showing the Shamal District). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
13 Die in Khost Suicide Attack (Update)

Three police and ten civilians were killed in a Taliban suicide attack in the Alishir District of Afghanistan's eastern Khost province Saturday afternoon, officials said.

A group of gunmen with suicide vests opened fire before detonating themselves at a police checkpoint in the Terizai area of Khost's Alishir district, according to a statement released by the coalition forces' Bagram media.
Ten civilians and three security forces were killed, the statement said.

The number of the wounded was not provided, but Bagram media said they were transferred to a nearby hospital.

Alishir district governor Mir Padshah Dawran earlier told TOLOnews four police and one civilian were wounded, and seven people were killed - three police and four civilians.

The suicide bomber detonated his body-borne explosives at around 2:00 PM local time, targeting a joint national and border police checkpoint in Terizai area, Dawran said.

The commander of the checkpoint Sergeant Gul Naim was among those killed by the blast.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had killed 12 police and injured 9 others in the incident.

Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior is yet to comment on the attack.

Khost shares a border with the Paktia and Logar provinces which have all seen insurgent-perpetrated violence increasing more recently.
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May 19, 2012 - Armed Forces Day: Honoring Those Who Serve

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On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department — the Department of Defense. Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to drop sponsorship of its specific service day in order to celebrate the newly announced Armed Forces Day. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day, too.

In a speech announcing the formation of the day, President Truman “praised the work of the military services at home and across the seas” and said, “it is vital to the security of the nation and to the establishment of a desirable peace.” In an excerpt from the Presidential Proclamation of Feb. 27, 1950, Mr. Truman stated:

“Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense”.

The theme of the first Armed Forces Day was “Teamed for Defense.” It was chosen as a means of expressing the unification of all the military forces under a single department of the government.
Although this was the theme for the day, there were several other purposes for holding Armed Forces Day. It was a type of “educational program for civilians,” one in which there would be an increased awareness of the Armed Forces. It was designed to expand public understanding of what type of job is performed and the role of the military in civilian life. It was a day for the military to show “state-of- the-art” equipment to the civilian population they were protecting. And it was a day to honor and acknowledge the people of the Armed Forces of the United States.

According to a New York Times article published on May 17, 1952: “This is the day on which we have the welcome opportunity to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces … to all the individuals who are in the service of their country all over the world. Armed Forces Day won’t be a matter of parades and receptions for a good many of them. They will all be in line of duty and some of them may give their lives in that duty.”

The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated by parades, open houses, receptions, and air shows. In Washington D.C., 10,000 troops of all branches of the military, cadets, and veterans marched pass the President and his party. In Berlin, 1,000 U.S. troops paraded for the German citizens at Templehof Airfield. In New York City, an estimated 33,000 participants initiated Armed Forces Day “under an air cover of 250 military planes of all types.” In the harbors across the country were the famed mothballed “battlewagons” of World War II, the Missouri, the New Jersey, the North Carolina, and the Iowa, all open for public inspection. Precision flying teams dominated the skies as tracking radar were exhibited on the ground. All across the country, the American people joined together to honor the Armed Forces.

To learn more about the men and women of our Armed Forces and their families, and how people and communities are supporting them, here are some helpful links:
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Afghan police foil bombing plot in Farah province

According to Afghan Interior Ministry officials Afghan police forces foiled a bombing plot in western Farah province after seizing a motorcycle packed with explosives from this province.

The source further added Afghan police forces detained a Taliban militant along with a motorcycle packed with explosives in western Farah province on Friday morning.

The militant was looking to carry out insurgency attack at the Central city of Farah province, the officials said.

In the meantime another militant was killed at Panjwai district of southern Kandahar province while he was planting roadside improvised explosive device.

In a separate statement Afghan Interior Ministry announced at least 8 Taliban militants were killed and one of them was detained following operations by Afghan national police forces during the past 24 hours.

The statement further added Afghan police forces conducted eight separate military operations along with the Afghan army, Afghan intelligence and coalition security forces at Kabul, Nangarhar, Nuristan, Baghlan, Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul and Uruzgan provinces of Afghanistan.

Afghan security forces also seized some weapons, ammunitions and explosives during the military operations, Afghan interior ministry officials said following the statement.

Anti-government armed militant groups yet to comment regarding the reports.

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May 19., 2012. - ISAF Joint Command Morning Operational Update

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan-led security force supported by coalition troops captured a senior Taliban leader during an operation in Dand district, Kandahar province, today.

The leader operates in Lashkar Gah district, Helmand province. He attempted to control the Afghan civilians and infrastructure in the district through murder and intimidation tactics.

He is also suspected in coordinating the assassination of a government official in Kabul.

The security force also detained several other insurgents as a result of this operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:


An Afghan led supported by a coalition security force conducted an operation to detain a senior Taliban leader in Nad ‘Ali district, Helmand province, yesterday.The leader, who is also an explosives expert, directs attacks throughout Nad ‘Ali and Lashkar Gah districts. He also coordinates with other Taliban leaders to supply weapons, ammunition, equipment and explosives to subordinates. Multiple suspected insurgents were detained as a result of the operation.

In Panjwa-i district, Kandahar province, an Afghan and coalition security force discovered a drug cache during counter-narcotics operation yesterday. The cache consisted of approximately 300 pounds (136 kilograms) of hashish. Security forces destroyed the drugs without incident.

An Afghan and coalition security force discovered a drug cache during counter-narcotics operation in Zharay district, Kandahar province yesterday. The cache consisted of approximately 220 pounds (100 kilograms) of hashish. Security forces destroyed the drugs without incident.


An Afghan and coalition security force captured a senior Taliban leader in Aliabad district, Kunduz province, Wednesday. The leader was the Taliban liaison for the Peshawar Shura, a group responsible for insurgent activity in eastern and northern Afghanistan. He also served as a facilitator for the Nuristan Taliban shadow governor and organized the transportation of weapons, foreign fighters and suicide bombers for attacks throughout the region.The security force detained two additional insurgents as a result of the operation.

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