Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command
News Releases

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2010 – Numerous insurgents were killed
or captured in recent operations in Afghanistan, military officials
reported.

In Baghlan province:

— Afghan and coalition forces conducted a combined
operation yesterday targeting two Taliban commanders known to lead
insurgent attacks on Afghan and coalition forces. Numerous armed
insurgents moved to target the combined force, which immediately engaged
the insurgents. Further insurgent activity throughout the operation
caused several more engagements. In all, 12 insurgent fighters were
killed. The combined force found and destroyed a rocket-propelled
grenade launcher, several
RPGs and several boxes of small-arms ammunition at the scene. No
civilians were injured or killed.

— Afghan and coalition members on a combined mission
detained a Taliban commander and two additional suspected commanders
Aug. 20. The operation in the Pul-e Khumri district was carried out
after International Security Assistance Force servicemembers received a
tip the commander was hiding in a nearby village. While the Afghan
forces were apprehending the three people, they also disarmed three men
who were attempting to acquire weapons from within the house. During the
encounter, a
man went to the roof and pointed a weapon at the combined patrol, which
returned fire. After the firing stopped, members of the patrol were
unable to locate the person firing from the roof. Insurgents again fired
on the force with small-arms fire from a tree line several minutes
later, but the firing stopped after the force returned fire.

In Farah province:

— An Afghan and coalition force pursued a Taliban
facilitator known to traffic foreign fighters and weapons from Iran and
to associate with senior Taliban and al-Qaida leadership. Six insurgents
were killed and several suspected insurgents were detained in the
operation. During the engagement, the air weapons team struck the
targeted individual's vehicle, which subsequently exploded. The security
force conducted a follow-on investigation and assessed the vehicle may
have been full
of homemade explosives. A woman and two children were found dead at the
scene as a result of the coalition force engagement. ISAF officials
expressed regret for the civilian casualties, offered condolences to the
families, and announced an investigation into the incident would take
place.

In Helmand province:

— An Afghan and coalition security force detained two
suspected insurgents in the Lashkar Gah district Aug. 20 while in
pursuit of a Taliban commander responsible for attacks against Afghan
civilians and Afghan and coalition forces in an area heavy with constant
Taliban attacks. The assault force found multiple blasting caps,
manuals on mines and a shotgun at the scene. The security force did not
fire their weapons, and they protected women and children throughout the
search.

— Also in the Laskar Gah district Aug. 20, Afghan and
coalition searching for the same Taliban facilitator detained several
suspected insurgents in a separate operation. The security force did not
fire their weapons, and they protected women and children throughout
the search.

In Kandahar province:

Clearing operations continued as an Afghan and coalition
security force detain six suspected insurgents yesterday while in
pursuit of a Taliban commander in charge of bombing attacks and training
in Arghandab district. The security force did not fire their weapons,
and they protected women and children throughout the searches.

— An Afghan and coalition force detained several suspected
insurgents in the Arghandab district Aug. 21, including a Taliban
commander involved in ambushes, bombing attacks and the acquisition of
weapons and munitions. The security force targeted two Taliban
commanders at a series of compounds in a district village. At the first
compound, the security force identified and detained one of the targeted
commanders and three additional suspected insurgents. The security
force then
moved to another compound nearby in pursuit of another Taliban
commander and weapons expert who served as the chief of staff for senior
Taliban commander who was killed in a coalition precision air strike
last week. The security force detained three suspected insurgents for
further questioning and also found a hand grenade at the scene. The
security force did not fire their weapons, and they protected women and
children throughout the searches.

— Also in the Arghandab district, an Afghan and coalition
security force detained several suspected insurgents Aug. 20 while in
pursuit of a Taliban commander involved in ambushes, bombing attacks and
the acquisition of weapons and munitions. The security force did not
fire their weapons, and they protected women and children throughout the
search.

In Kunduz province:

— In the Chahar Darah district Aug. 20, an Afghan and
coalition security force went to a series of compounds to search for the
Taliban district commander for Aliabad, who is directly involved in the
planning of attacks against coalition forces. As the security force
approached the first targeted building, two armed insurgents were shot
and killed when they engaged them from a nearby ditch. After the area
was secure, Afghan and coalition forces went arrested three suspected
insurgents at two separate compounds. The security force protected
women and children throughout the search.

In Logar province:

— A combined Afghan and coalition force detained a
suspected insurgent last night while in pursuit of the Taliban deputy
district commander for the Pul-e Alam district. The security force also
found bomb-making materials and ammunition at the scene. The security
force did not fire their weapons, and it protected women and children
throughout the search.

In Nangarhar province:

— Coalition forces conducted a precision air strike Aug.
21, targeting a Taliban subcommander in charge of about 10 fighters and
facilitation of foreign fighters from Pakistan to Nangarhar. Afghan and
coalition forces tracked the commander as he met with at least 25
insurgents armed with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades in
Deh Bala district to plan an upcoming attack. The commander and a group
of 15 insurgents eventually broke from the group and began walking
toward an
insurgent camp. After positively identifying the commander and ensuring
no women or children were present, coalition forces conducted the
precision air strike against the commander. ISAF officials are gathering
information to determine exactly how many insurgents were killed in the
strike. The security force estimated the strike killed about 12
insurgents, possibly including multiple Pakistani fighters from
Waziristan as well as Taliban fighters. No civilians were wounded or
killed.

In Paktia province:

— A coalition precision air strike yesterday targeted a
Taliban subcommander responsible for leading a 20-member insurgent cell
that conducts attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. Coalition
forces tracked two armed insurgents as they traveled on a motorcycle in
the remote Zurmat district. After intelligence verified insurgent
activity and ensured no women or children were present, coalition forces
conducted the precision air strike against the two insurgents, killing
both.
The insurgents had assault rifles and ammunition. ISAF officials are
collecting information to determine if the commander was among the
insurgents killed in the strike. No civilians were wounded or killed.

— An Afghan and coalition security force detained several
suspected insurgents yesterday while in pursuit of a Haqqani terrorist
network facilitator for foreign fighters and Haqqani camps in the Sperah
district of neighboring Khost province. As the security force moved
toward the targeted compound in the Dzadran district, airborne
reconnaissance identified two men moving along a tree line displaying
hostile intent toward the ground assault force. An air weapons team
engaged both
men, an assessment indicated they were killed. After questioning all of
the residents at the scene, the security force detained the suspected
insurgents and found multiple grenades at the scene. The security force
protected women and children throughout the search.

In Zabul province:

— ISAF officials confirmed that Saad Khan, a Taliban
commander, was one of the two insurgents killed Aug. 20 during an Afghan
and coalition force operation. Khan led attacks against Afghan
civilians and Afghan and coalition forces. The security force targeted a
compound in the Shah Joy district to search for the commander. As they
approached, an air weapons team saw two armed insurgents demonstrating
hostile intent. The air weapons team engaged, killing the commander and
his
associate. During a follow-on inspection of the area, the security
force found an automatic weapon with four magazines and a
rocket-propelled grenade launcher with two rounds. After the area was
secure, Afghan forces called for all residents to come out of the
targeted compound peacefully and then questioned the residents. The
residents told the security force that insurgents steal their food and
then bed down in the vicinity. The security force did not take detainees
from the compound.

In other news, Afghan forces were conducting operations in
northern Afghanistan's Jowzjan province Aug. 20 when they received
small-arms and indirect insurgent fire from an unknown number of
insurgents in multiple locations. To suppress the threat, the Afghan
forces requested coalition close-air support, which was provided by an
air weapons team of two helicopters. The air weapons team fired a
Hellfire missile and 30 mm rounds toward an identified firing position. A
subsequent
battle-damage assessment revealed that three Afghan police officers
were accidentally killed and several more were wounded during the
engagement. ISAF officials offered condolences to the families, friends
and colleagues of the fallen servicemembers and sent an initial
assessment team to determine the facts.

In the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, two
Afghan female civilians, including a child, were killed Aug. 21 when
insurgents attacked an Afghan and coalition patrol with rocket-propelled
grenades and weapon-mounted grenade launchers. The combined patrol
responded with small-arms and mortar fire. Following the engagement, an
Afghan man reported that a child had been killed by insurgent RPG fire.
The man then took a wounded Afghan woman to a nearby coalition patrol
base,
where she subsequently died of wounds caused by an insurgent RPG.

Also, an insurgent bomb detonated in northern Afghanistan
Aug. 21, killing five civilians and wounding two more. Afghan police and
coalition forces responded to the site to provide security and assess
the incident.

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