Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sep. 22., 2012. - ISAF Joint Command Morning Operational Update

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan Special Police and coalition security forces confirmed today they detained a Taliban leader during a partnered night operation in Kariz-e-Sayidi district, Helmand province Tuesday.

Gran Agha, also known as Khudaidad, is suspected of being a facilitator of insurgent activity against Afghan and coalition security forces throughout Kariz-e-Sayidi and Nad-e-Ali districts and led a cell of insurgents in a wide range of criminal activity.

The detained leader is also believed to have links to a number of other Taliban leaders operating throughout the province.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

Afghan and coalition security forces today confirmed the arrest of a Taliban leader in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, Friday. The arrested leader is alleged to have provided equipment for attacks on Afghan and coalition forces, in addition to coordinating insurgent operations throughout northern Helmand. In the weeks prior to his arrest, several insurgents believed to be operating under the Taliban leader attempted multiple attacks on security forces. The security force also detained several suspected insurgents as a result of the operation.

Afghan Special Police, advised by coalition security forces, conducted a cordon and search operation in Lashkar Gah district, Helmand province last night resulting in an explosives cache recovery. In the Afghan led mission, 4,000 kilograms of ammonium nitrate and 1,000 kilograms of homemade explosives were seized. The area the cache was found is a suspected facilitation node for lethal aid being transported from Pakistan to Central Helmand.

In Gardez district, Paktiya province today, an Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani weapons dealer. The arrested weapons dealer is believed to be responsible for delivering supplies and weapons — including assault rifles — to Haqqani insurgents throughout the area for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. The Haqqani weapons dealer is also suspected of playing an active role in planning, preparing and coordinating insurgent attacks against security forces. The security force also detained a few suspected insurgents and seized weapons accessories and dozens of counterfeit IDs as a result of the operation.

An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban intelligence facilitator in Gelan district, Ghazni province, today. The arrested facilitator is alleged to have gathered information on Afghan and coalition security operations and provided it to Taliban leaders for planning and conducting insurgent attacks. The security force also detained a few suspected insurgents and seized several firearms and accessories as a result of the operation.

In Molla Gur Village, Kus Kunar District, Kunar Province Friday, the 1st Company, 1st Special Operations Kandak, conducted a clearing operation alongside Coalition Forces. During the operation, numerous insurgents fired at the forces with machine guns from prepared fighting positions hidden on the high ground. After positively identifying the hostile intent, Commandos and Coalition Forces implemented air-to-ground and mortar engagements resulting in two insurgents killed. A post-strike assessment determined no civilians were harmed. There was also no Afghan or coalition security forces were injured or killed during the engagement.

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Afghan police kill 19 Taliban fighters, detain 13

KABUL, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Afghan police during series of operations have eliminated 19 armed Taliban fighters and detained over a dozen others over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Saturday.

"During the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police, in conjunction with the army and NATO-led Coalition Forces launched 13 joint cleanup operations in Kandahar, Zabul, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Ghazni, Paktiya and Helmand provinces leaving 19 Taliban rebels dead and capturing 13 others," the statement added.

Three more militants sustained injuries during the combat operations, according to the statement. However, it did not say if there were any casualties on the security forces.

Taliban militants are yet to make comment.

2012-09-22 15:01:51

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R.I.P. - Sgt. Jason M. Swindle

DOD Identifies Army Casualty
            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

            Sgt. Jason M. Swindle, 24, of Cabot, Ark., died Sept. 20, in Panjwa’l, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when he encountered enemy, small arms fire.

            Swindle was assigned to 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

            For more information pertaining to this release, media may contact the 3rd Infantry Division public affairs office at 912-210-9375.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

  24 year old Sgt. Jason M. Swindle of Cabot, Ark., died September 20th in Panjwa’l, Afghanistan
  He died of injuries sustained when he encountered enemy, small arms fire.

  Swindle was assigned to 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart. He was an infantryman who joined the Army in July 2005.

 Swindle had four deployments and posthumously earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals.

  The thoughts and prayers of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield and the 3rd ID are with Swindle’s family; the installation is providing support to the family.

By: Jamison Dowd | Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Public Affairs Office

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US drone strike kills three in North Waziristan: officials

MIRAMSHAH: A US drone strike on Saturday killed at least three militants in Pakistan’s restive tribal region near the Afghan border, security officials said.

The strike took place in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, known as a bastion of the Taliban and al Qaeda.

The drone targeted a moving vehicle and fired two missiles, they said.

“The identity of the militants was immediately unclear but this area is mostly occupied by members of the militant commander Gul Bahadur’s group,” a security official in Peshawar told AFP.

Another official on the ground in Miranshah said that the vehicle had been driving through a village 35 kilometers (around 20 miles) west of Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan tribal district.

“We have reports that two militants of Gul Bahadur group were also injured in the attack,” he told AFP on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

from DAWN
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