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ISAF Joint Command morning operational update, Aug. 19
2012-08-S-037 For Immediate Release
KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 19, 2012) — Afghan and coalition officials confirmed today that a senior Taliban leader, Maulawi Nur Mohammad, and his deputy, Atiqullah were among the dozens of heavily armed insurgents killed in a precision airstrike, in a remote area of Chapah Darah district, Kunar province, yesterday.
Muhammad, also known as Turabi, was the senior Taliban leader for Chapah Darah district. He planned and directed all Taliban activity in the district including attacks against Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition forces.
Atiqullah, also known as Khalid, served as Muhammad’s deputy.
During the operation, the Afghan and coalition security force observed a large group of heavily armed insurgents engaging in insurgent activity. After ensuring there were no civilians in the area, the security force engaged the insurgents with a precision airstrike.
After the strike, the security force conducted an initial follow-on assessment and confirmed the strike had not injured any civilians or damaged any civilian property.
In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:
Afghan and coalition officials confirmed today that Afghan and coalition forces had arrested a Taliban weapons dealer during an operation in Kandahar district, Kandahar province, yesterday. The arrested weapons facilitator purchased weapons and other military equipment for Taliban fighters in the area. Prior to his arrest, he was attempting to deliver an improvised explosive device to insurgents. The security force also detained two suspected insurgents during the operation.
In Nad Ali district, Helmand province yesterday, an afghan and coalition security force discovered a drug cache. The cache included 100kg (220 pounds) of opium, $1000 in cash and communications equipment.
An Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation to arrest a Taliban leader in Alisheng district, Laghman province, today. The Taliban leader acquires weapons and ammunition for insurgents and facilitates attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. During the operation, a group of insurgents attacked the security force. The force engaged the insurgents killing three of the attackers. No civilians were harmed in the exchange. After the engagement, the security force detained three suspected insurgents.
In Watahpur district, Kunar province, an Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation yesterday. During the operation, the security force identified several insurgents. After ensuring no civilians were in the area, the security force engaged the insurgents with a precision airstrike, killing many of them. A post-strike assessment determined the airstrike had not harmed any civilians or damaged any civilian property.
An Afghan and coalition force detained several suspected insurgents during an operation to arrest a Haqqani leader in Khost district, Khost province, today. The Haqqani leader plans and coordinates attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Khost district.