American officials in Afghanistan provide details of operations

The International Security Assistance Force compiled a documents containing details of various recent operations in Afghanistan that resulted in enemy fighters being killed or captured, provided by military officials.

Some excerpts:

Several insurgents were killed by an Afghan-international force in Farah province’s Gulistan district yesterday. The security force interdicted a vehicle after intelligence information confirmed insurgent activity, and came under small-arms fire when approaching the vehicle. The combined force returned fire and killed the vehicle’s occupants.

An Afghan-international force used a precision air strike to kill Taliban commander Haji Amir, one of the two most senior Taliban leaders in Kandahar province, and several of his fighters May 30 in the province’s Panjwai district. He and his fighters had been tracked for several days, and when they stopped at a small unoccupied mud hut in a farming area near the village of Zangabad, the combined force called in the air strike. The Taliban leader, who escaped from Sarposa Prison in a Taliban-coordinated prison break in June 2008, recently had been in Pakistan planning the Taliban’s upcoming attacks, and he returned to Afghanistan in April to lead attacks against coalition and Afghan forces.

Also on May 29, an insurgent mortar team was killed by a precision air strike in Paktia province. The mortar team fired on coalition forces from a rural area in the Zormat district. As the mortar team attempted to drive away after the attack, coalition aircraft engaged the vehicle with a precision air strike, killing the insurgents. A ground search team found a mortar system and mortar propellant in the vehicle.

An Afghan-international security force used precision air strikes to kill the Taliban shadow governor of Baghlan province and several of his fighters the night of May 28. Aircraft were called to a rural area in the Baghlan-e Jadid district after intelligence sources confirmed two vehicles were transporting insurgents and weapons through the area. Before engaging, coalition forces waited until the vehicles were well clear of any structures to minimize the possibility of civilian casualties, officials said. When the armed passengers left the vehicles, they were engaged and killed by an air strike. A ground security force then entered the area and came under fire from insurgents in a nearby cave. The assault force returned fire, killing several heavily armed insurgents. The Taliban shadow governor was responsible for organizing and directing attacks against coalition forces and was in constant contact with Kunduz and Pakistani Taliban senior leaders, providing updates and receiving guidance. Sources told coalition forces the Taliban forces had been planning an attack on a nearby Afghan National Police outpost


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