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ISAF Joint Command morning operational update: 21 August 2012

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For Immediate Release

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

KABUL, Afghanistan (August 21) – An Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation in Watahpur district, Kunar province, yesterday.

During the operation, the security force conducted a precision airstrike against a group of insurgents.  The strike killed several insurgents including Mutaqi, an al-Qaeda associated Taliban leader in the province.

Mutaqi, also known as Mullah Amir Muhammad or Malik, was responsible for passing critical information between the senior al-Qaeda associated Taliban leaders in Kunar province.

Prior to his death, Mutaqi was involved in planning suicide bombing attacks in the region.

A post-strike assessment conducted by the Afghan and coalition security force confirmed no civilians had been harmed and no civilian property had been damaged during of the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:


An Afghan and coalition security force arrested an al-Qaida-associated Taliban insurgent responsible for coordinating attacks in Gelan district, Ghazni province, today. The arrested attack coordinator assisted in the movement of al-Qaida fighters throughout the region and conducted attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. Prior to his arrest, the Taliban attack coordinator was attempting to acquire explosives for future attacks. During the operation, the security force also detained one suspected insurgent and seized bomb-making materials.

The Crisis Response Unit, supported by coalition troops, arrested multiple insurgents during a security operation in Sayyid Abad district, Wardak province, August 19. The arrested insurgents are responsible for recent attempts to abduct Afghan interpreters working for the International Security Assistance Force.  At the time of their arrest, they were planning to kidnapp Afghan and civilian employees of ISAF.

An Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents during an operation to arrest a Taliban leader in Baraki Barak district, Logar province, today. The leader plans and executes attacks against coalition patrols in Baraki Barak.


An Afghan and coalition security force arrested the insurgent leader responsible for the improvised explosive device attack that killed Hanifa Safi, the Afghan Minister for Female Affairs, in Kabul district, Kabul province yesterday. The IED attack that killed Safi occurred in Mehtar Lam district, Laghman province, July 12.

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