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ISAF Joint Command morning operational update: 16 September 2012

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UNCLASSIFIED 

2012-09-S-024
For Immediate Release

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

KABUL, Afghanistan (Sept. 16) - An Afghan and coalition security force today arrested the Taliban leader responsible for the death of two American service members following a Sept. 5 helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan.

The Taliban commander was successfully taken into custody by the security force following a joint effort by Afghan and coalition forces to identify and track down the Taliban insurgents responsible for the Sept. 5 attack. No civilians were harmed during the operation.

The Taliban leader and his insurgent cell coordinated the attack that downed an OH-58 Kiowa helicopter, killing both service members aboard.

The security force also detained one suspected insurgent and seized improvised explosive device components and Taliban-associated materials during this operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

East

An Afghan and coalition force killed several heavily armed insurgents during multiple operations in Asadabad district, Kunar province, Saturday. During the operations, the security force observed several militants carrying a mortar launcher and munitions toward a populated area. After ensuring there were no civilians nearby, the security force engaged the armed insurgents with multiple precision airstrikes. Post-strike assessments determined no civilians were harmed and there was no damage to civilian structures.

An Afghan and coalition security force killed several armed insurgents during a security operation in Bar Kunar district, Kunar province, Saturday. During the operation, the security force positively identified a group of armed insurgents preparing to attack Afghan and coalition forces. After ensuring no civilians were in the vicinity, the security force engaged the armed insurgents with a precision airstrike. A post-strike assessment determined no civilians were harmed and no civilian property was damaged during the operation.

An Afghan and coalition security force killed one armed insurgent during an operation to arrest a Taliban leader in Khugyani district, Nangarhar province, today. As the security force approached the Taliban leader's suspected location, an armed insurgent maneuvered on the Afghan and coalition troops. The security force positively identified the lethal threat and engaged, killing the armed insurgent. No civilians were harmed during the operation. The security force also detained one suspected insurgent and seized one assault rifle and rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) components as a result of this operation.

Afghan and coalition forces conducted a security operation resulting in the death of an armed insurgent in Gardez district, Paktiya province, Saturday. During the operation, the security force observed an armed militant engaging in insurgent activity. After ensuring there were no civilians nearby, the security force engaged the insurgent with a precision airstrike. A post-strike assessment determined no civilians were harmed and there was no damage to civilian structures.

North

An Afghan and coalition security force arrested two suspected insurgents during an operation to arrest a Taliban leader in Qal'ah-ye Zal district, Kunduz province, today. The Taliban leader conducts attacks throughout the region, as well as facilitating the purchase and delivery of supplies and weapons for insurgent fighters.

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