August 01, 2014

Senior Taliban leaders Afshin and Ismail killed in Logar

By Ghanizada - Mon Feb 11, 10:45 am

Taliban militantsAfghan and coalition forces confirmed today the death of Taliban leaders, Afshin and Ismail, during a security operation in Baraki Barak district, Logar province, Sunday.

According to a statement released by International Security Assistance Force, “Afshin was directly affiliated with the Dec. 24, 2012 attack in Baraki Barak district that killed an American service member and the Dec. 28, 2012 attack that killed an Afghan National Army soldier. Prior to his death, Afshin was believed planning an attack on Afghan and coalition forces. He also coordinated and executed attacks utilizing heavy weapons, mines and small-arms fire.”

The source further added, “Ismail was the deputy Taliban leader for Baraki Barak district during the winter months. He issued guidance on direct and indirect fire as well as improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He financed the acquisition of IED-making materials, rockets and ammunition for heavy weapons.”

During the operation the security force also seized multiple hand grenades, and assault-rifle with associated gear and ammunition, ISAF confirmed.

ISAF also added, “During an operation, an Afghan and coalition security force detained four insurgents in search of a Taliban senior leader in Maiwand district, Kandahar province, today. The leader allegedly coordinates complex attacks and facilitates weaponry to include rockets, mortars, rifles and multiple types of improvised explosive devices.”

In a separate operation Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader in Sayyidabad district, Wardak province, today, ISAF said adding that the leader is believed to organize, facilitate and conduct IED attacks along Highway 1 in the district. He is thought to oversee the acquisition and distribution of IED components to insurgents for emplacements targeting Afghan and coalition forces in the area. The security force also detained two suspected insurgents and seized a firearm as a result of the operation.

During an operation in Ghaziabad district, Kunar province, Sunday, Afghan and coalition forces killed two armed insurgents, ISAF said. During the operation, the security force observed two armed individuals engaged in insurgent activity and engaged them with a precision strike, killing both.

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