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Coalition Forces Conduct Airstrike on Haqqani Network Leader

ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan
For Immediate Release
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KABUL, Afghanistan (Feb. 8, 2011)
— Coalition forces targeted a Haqqani Network leader with a precision airstrike that wounded two insurgents who were returning from a mountain with a cache loaded on pack mules in Sabari district, Khost province, yesterday.

The targeted individual is a Haqqani Network leader who operates out of Sabari district where he conducts improvised explosive device and house-borne improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the area. He has direct ties with other Haqqani Network leaders in the area who are responsible for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

Recent reporting indicated he supplied rocket propelled grenade launchers, rounds and other weapons to a Haqqani Network insurgent for an attack against Afghan and coalition forces.

Forces called in the precision strike after the insurgents were isolated in a remote area. The coalition forces ensured no civilians or compounds were in the immediate area.

The International Security Assistance Force is still gathering information to confirm the identities of the insurgents wounded.