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ISAF Joint Command morning operational update: 19 September 2012

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NEWS RELEASE
ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan

2012-09-S-027
For Immediate Release

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

KABUL, Afghanistan (Sept. 19) - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested the senior Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) leader for Kunduz province in Qal'ah-ye Zal district, today.

As the security force approached the IMU leader's location, he and one other insurgent maneuvered from the compound and displayed hostile intent towards the Afghan and coalition troops. The security force positively identified the insurgent threat and engaged. The insurgent was killed and the IMU leader was arrested without injury. No civilians were harmed during the operation.

The detained IMU senior leader is believed to have directed IMU insurgent activity for Kunduz province, including the financing, manning, and provision of weapons and equipment for attacks on Afghan and coalition forces.

The IMU senior leader also provided training and direction to IMU insurgents operating in Kunduz, resulting in several attacks using improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

The security force also detained four suspected insurgents as a result of this operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

East

Afghan and coalition forces today confirmed the death of Hemat, one of the Haqqani leaders behind the Aug. 7 attack on a coalition base in Logar province, following a security operation in Pul-e 'Alam district, Logar, Monday. As the security force approached Hemat's location, he maneuvered from the compound and opened fire on the Afghan and coalition troops. The security force returned fire, killing him. Hemat was suspected of having 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. Prior to his death, Hemat was believed to have been acquiring and stockpiling several improvised explosive devices (IEDs) for future attacks. The security force also seized multiple firearms and safely destroyed several kilograms of explosives as a result of this operation. No civilians were harmed in the exchange.

Central

An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban weapons specialist and killed two armed insurgents during an operation in Muqer district, Ghazni province, today. As the security force approached the Taliban weapon specialist's location, two armed insurgents opened fire on the Afghan and coalition troops. The security force engaged the armed insurgents, killing them. No civilians were harmed in the exchange. Prior to his arrest, the Taliban weapons specialist planned and executed several attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the region using mortars and small-arms fire.

An Afghan and coalition security force detained six suspected insurgents during an operation to arrest a Haqqani weapons facilitator in Gardez district, Paktiya province, today. The Haqqani facilitator is believed to coordinate with Haqqani and insurgent leaders throughout western Paktiya to acquire and distribute weapons for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

South

An Afghan-led security force, supported by coalition troops, detained two suspected insurgents during an operation to arrest a Taliban facilitator in Kandahar district, Kandahar province, today. The Taliban facilitator is believed to acquire, transport and distribute lethal supplies for insurgent attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Kandahar City.

An Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents during an operation in Zharay district, Kandahar province, today. The security force also discovered multiple improvised explosive device (IED) components and safely destroyed them. No civilians were harmed during the operation.

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