Paktiya province, May 22.
The leader is directly involved with improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He coordinates insurgent movement and attacks and provides information to senior Haqqani leaders. The leader facilitates the movement of IEDs, weapons and money into the local area.
In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:
An Afghan and coalition security force arrested six insurgents during an operation in search of a Taliban facilitator in Baghlan-e Jadid district, Baghlan province, May 23. The facilitator exercises command and control over a group of fighters responsible for attacks on Afghan and coalition forces. He also uses his residence as a storage facility for military equipment and coordinates the acquisition of weapons for use in insurgent activities.
An Afghan and coalition security force arrested one insurgent during an operation in search of a Taliban leader in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, May 23. The leader is responsible for directing and executing improvised explosive device and small arms attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the local area. He also procures and distributes IED-making material to his fellow insurgents and serves as an intelligence operative for senior Taliban leadership.
Afghan National Army Security Forces, Afghan Local Police and Afghan Uniformed Police destroyed 20 improvised explosive devices during a checkpoint emplacement operation in Nahr-E-Saraj district, Helmand province, May 21. The joint forces conducted the operation to construct a checkpoint near Qadir Qalay village, which was completed yesterday. The checkpoint will be used by ANSF to help secure areas north of the Upper Gereshk valley.
Afghan and coalition security forces confirmed today the death of two senior Haqqani leaders, Qari Azzam and Mukhlis, during an operation in Zurmat district, Paktiya province, May 21. Azzam, also known as Maulawi Sahib, served as an intelligence operative responsible for providing information to senior Haqqani leadership about attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He was also involved in coordinating mine and improvised explosive device emplacement in the local area, providing military equipment to insurgents and organizing kidnappings in order to extort money. Mukhlis, also known as Wazir, planned and participated in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He also interfaced directly with senior Haqqani leadership in order to relay strategic guidance to insurgent fighters.
Provincial Response Company Logar, enabled by coalition forces, seized a large cache of explosives making materials during a cordon and search mission in Pul-E Alam district, Logar province, May 22. The cache consisted of one IED, 374 pounds of ammonium nitrate, and 110 pounds of phosphorous fertilizer. All seized materials were destroyed on location.