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ISAF Joint Command morning operational update: 05 September 2012

UNCLASSIFIED

2012-09-S-007
For Immediate Release

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

KABUL, Afghanistan (Sept. 5) – One of the Taliban leaders behind the Aug. 7 attack on a coalition base in Logar province was killed by Afghan and coalition security forces in Pul-e ‘Alam district, Logar province, Tuesday.

Afghan and coalition security forces positively identified the Taliban leader, Bismullah, and two additional insurgents and engaged them with a precision airstrike after confirming no civilians were in the area. All three Taliban personnel were killed.

Bismullah is believed to have supplied suicide bombers with essential equipment for the Aug. 7 attack, which wounded several Afghan civilians but failed to cause any significant damage to the coalition base.

At the time of his death, Bismullah was believed to be planning another large-scale attack and had transported several rockets across the region.

A post-strike assessment determined no civilian property was damaged and no civilians were harmed.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North

An Afghan and coalition security force killed multiple armed insurgents during an operation to arrest a senior Taliban leader in Chimtal district, Balkh province, today. As the security force approached the Taliban leader’s suspected location, several insurgents opened fire on the Afghan and coalition troops. The security force returned fire, killing several insurgents armed with multiple weapons, including a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. No civilians were harmed in the exchange.

South

An Afghan special police and coalition security force yesterday seized a vehicle in Maiwand district, Kandahar province packed with nearly 2,700 kilograms (6,000 pounds) of explosives. The Afghan-led team stopped the suspect vehicle and upon discovery of the explosives, detained its three occupants. The vehicle is believed to have been bound for bomb makers in Helmand and Kandahar provinces. The explosives were destroyed on site.

Afghan Provincial Response Company Wardak and coalition forces disrupted an insurgent attack on an Afghan National Army security patrol in Maidan Shahr district, Wardak province yesterday. The PRC, responding to a reported insurgent ambush on the ANA patrol, provided covering fire for the unit in contact and conducted a follow-on mission to investigate a suspected Taliban checkpoint. The PRC's timely and effective response enabled the ANA patrol to recover from the engagement.

East

Afghan and coalition forces confirmed today the death of the Taliban commander Naqib following a precision airstrike in Pul-e ‘Alam district, Logar province, Monday. Prior to his death, Naqib is believed to have coordinated an attack against Afghan and coalition forces, wounding several members of the Afghan National Police. A post-strike assessment determined no civilian property was damaged and no civilians were harmed.

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